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Professional Cookery NVQ Diploma Level 2 at Richmond-upon-Thames College

Course description

If you like cooking, like working with people, are good at planning and are interested in working in a huge and dynamic industry, then this course, which builds upon level 1, is designed for you. It will help you to develop practical skills in food preparation and in food service, as well as teaching you the theory that supports these skills. You will work in our kitchens and restaurants, preparing and serving food to our customers, as well as learning in the classroom and going on educational visits.

Course content

The practical part of the course will be taught 'hands on'. You will be shown how to prepare a dish and then practise it for yourself, before producing it for our paying customers. The practical units cover a full range of skills, from soups and sauces, meat, fish, poultry, bread, pastry, cakes and biscuits. The theory units, which take up a third of your time in college, will be taught in the classroom, with projects, assignments, presentations and research all playing a part in your learning. The topics you will cover range from an investigation into the catering industry, to hygiene and safe working practices and personal workplace skills.

Entry requirements

You will need VRQ/NVQ level 1 with a merit and, ideally, some significant experience in the workplace. Alternatively, you may wish to complete our level 1 fast track programme.  .


The theory parts of your course will be tested by a mixture of assignments and short answer questions. The practical tasks will be assessed by two synoptic assessments, which require you to prepare a combination of dishes within a strict timeframe. You will be given constant feedback on how you are doing, and only tested when you are ready.

Financial information

Chefs and waiters will need to buy their own uniform, costing up to £135. There will also be costs incurred for a range of trips organised throughout the year.

Future opportunities

The level 2 qualification will allow you to find employment as a commis chef, an apprentice, or to continue your training at a higher level.

Further information

To find out more about this course please visit our website or contact us on or 020 8607 8302

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond-upon-Thames College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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