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Professional Cookery VRQ Level 1 Diploma at Darlington College

Course description

This course is the foundation and starting point for anyone who is interested in pursuing a career as a professional chef. This course focuses on using cooking methods with various ingredients to give you the basic core knowledge and understanding of the science of cookery.

If you have not achieved a C grade or above in English or maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme.  You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

To develop your employability opportunities you may also be given enrichment classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation

Course content

You will participate in a variety of practical workshops in a professional kitchen environment. You will also work in the college restaurant, The Glasshouse, both in the kitchen and front of house serving the general public.

In addition there are seminar based activities to cover the knowledge to support practical activities and general awareness of the hospitality industry. These college based activities will be supported by a programme of visits and trips to enhance the learning process, where possible.

  • Introduction to the catering and hospitality industry
  • Food safety in catering
  • Health and safety awareness for catering and hospitality
  • Introduction to healthier foods and special diets
  • Introduction to kitchen equipment
  • Introduction to personal workplace skills
  • Prepare and cook food by boiling, poaching and steaming
  • Prepare and cook food by stewing and braising
  • Prepare and cook food by baking, roasting and grilling
  • Prepare and cook food by deep frying and shallow frying
  • Regeneration of pre-pared food

Additional qualifications that you can undertake:

  • Certificate in Food and Beverage Service- One unit
  • Certificate in Employability and Personal Development

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications but a keen interest in the subject is essential and a satisfactory school report.
We will request a school or college report and you will attend an interview at the college.


You will be assessed by a variety of methods. Non craft units are assessed using a mixture of assignments, written short question/answer papers and activities. Craft units are assessed by a series of six short practical assessments spread throughout the year, with two final ends of year practical exams (kitchen larder 3 hours, pastry 3 hours). These assessments are graded pass, merit, or distinction.

Future opportunities

You can progress on to a Level 2 qualification or into an Apprenticeship

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darlington College directly.

Last updated date: 08 March 2016
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