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Food Preparation and Cookery Level 1 NVQ Diploma at Darlington College

Course description

If you're interested in cooking and enjoy trying new foods, then this is the course for you. When you join us on this course, you will have the opportunity to learn how to wow and amaze your family and friends with your cooking ability. This course can help you progress in a hospitality environment.

As part of this course you will also complete the Food and Beverage Service Certificate Level 1.

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 mainly based in a practical kitchen preparing, cooking and finishing various complex dishes. This course is portfolio based with no formal end of year exam. However, theory sessions which include presentations, group projects and Functional Skills take place within a classroom environment. You will also work in the college restaurant, The Glasshouse, both in the kitchen and front of house serving the general public.

  • Maintain a safe, hygienic and secure working environment
  • Work effectively as part of a hospitality team
  • Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food
  • Prepare vegetables
  • Cook vegetables
  • Prepare and finish simple salad and fruit dishes
  • Prepare hot and cold sandwiches

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 are required, but a keen interest in this area is essential.

You will be required to attend an interview at the college for all courses and Apprenticeships and we will request a school or college report.

Future opportunities


  • Counter Service
  • Assistants/ Kitchen Assistant

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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