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Professional Catering VRQ Diploma Level 2 at Gloucestershire College

Course description

This course gives you the opportunity to build on your existing skills in professional cookery and food service.

You will spend time working in Renaissance Restaurant, preparing and cooking food, and this will involve at least one night a week in college.

As in your first year you can expect to spend a week working at the Cheltenham National Hunt Festival in March.

Course content

You will learn how to prepare food commodities with skill, care and attention to detail. You will also study how to prepare healthier dishes, larder, menu planning and costing, and patisserie.

You will study:

  • More advanced dishes
  • Menu planning and special diets
  • Functions and banquets
  • Run a service/section
  • Functional skills

Entry requirements

  • You will need to have 3 GCSE's at grade D or above or to have successfully completed a Level 1 qualification with merit and functional skills. Selection is completed following a successful interview and positive college reference. Mature learners or those with catering experience may be considered for direct entry. - See more at:


All courses have assessment during the course which will include practical and theoretical tests. You will need to pass each of these in order to progress onto the next stage of the programme.

The assessments will build on the work you have done in on the Level 1 programme, and enable you to continue to gain merits and distinctions, and will be a mixture of practical and written work.

Future opportunities

At the end of this course you can progress on to the Advanced Cookery Diploma or an
advanced apprenticeship.

Further information

All students will be expected to arrive in practical classes in clean and ironed chef’s uniforms.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 March 2016
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    • The Royal Forest of Dean campus is currently located in Five Acres, Coleford, just a short drive from the town.

      Our Facilities include

      • The Bistro – food cooked by our catering students
      • Campus shop
      • Dining Room
      • Editing suites
      • Fitness – sports fields, tennis courts, swimming pool, running
      • track, fitness centre on site
      • The Forest Theatre
      • IT – modern macs and PCs
      • Library with online access and resources
      • Music recording studio
      • Netball, football and rugby teams
      • Nursery