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Professional Cookery NVQ Diploma Level 2 at Boston College

Course description

This course is designed for practical people as most of it is taught in the College‚Äôs production kitchens and bakery and will involve you working alongside the chef lecturers in the production of the daily menu. 

The qualification is divided into units that cover the storage, preparation, cooking and presentation of fish, meat, vegetables and baking.

Course content

The main course consists of three compulsory units: 

  • Maintain a safe, hygienic and secure working environment 
  • Contribute to effective teamwork 
  • Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food 

Students must also complete 11 other optional units from the following:       

  • Prepare fish for basic dishes 
  • Prepare meat for basic dishes 
  • Prepare poultry for basic dishes 
  • Prepare vegetables for basic dishes 
  • Cook and finish basic fish dishes 
  • Cook and finish basic meat dishes 
  • Cook and finish basic poultry dishes 
  • Cook and finish basic vegetable dishes 
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic hot sauces 
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic soups 
  • Bread, dough or pastry products 
  • Cakes sponges and scones 
  • Healthier dishes 
  • Hot and cold desserts 
  • Prepare and present cold food for cold presentation

Entry requirements

NVQ Level 1 or the Diploma in Introduction to Professional Cookery (or equivalent). 

Alternatively, if you are a school leaver with cooking experience and/or GCSEs in English and Maths at grades C or above you may be considered for this course.


Assessment on this course is continual and is supported by regular progress briefings, you will also be assessed by oral and written questions. These assessments will help you to complete the portfolio which you will need to gain the qualification.

Financial information

Cost of kit, educational visits, studio fees, course-specific materials etc. 

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the NVQ Level 2 will enable you to seek employment as a chef in any of the wide variety of catering establishments with the prospect of promotion or the opportunity to progress on to the NVQ Level 3 advanced courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 February 2017

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