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Introduction to Professional Cookery (VRQ) Level 1 Diploma at Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College

Course description

Become a professional chef by completing these industry standard qualifications. You'll gain a high standard of cookery skills from processes, such as roasting and frying to commodities, whilst also learning other workplace essentials like healthy eating and using kitchen equipment.

The Diploma in Professional Cookery is for anyone who works or wants to work as a chef in the catering and hospitality sector. It is ideal for learners coming straight from school who wish to seek a career in this industry. It is also ideal for those chefs in industry who would like to continue or refresh their knowledge by undertaking topics within the qualification.

Entry requirements

You need to provide proof [certificates] of having a GCSE in Maths and English grades A-C. You will need to get a minimum of Entry 3 on the college initial on line assessment for literacy and maths. If you are 16-19, you will need to have at least one GCSE in either Maths or English A-C, or you will have to enrol on the Level 1 Culinary Skills course. If you have one GCSE A-C English or Maths you will still be able to enrol on VRQ Level 1 Professional Cookery

School applicants will need to have a good school report and references. Uniform Students are required to buy a uniform and a basic set of equipment. To help keep costs to a minimum, these items are available to buy through Hammersmith and Fulham College. If you have any concerns about the cost of the uniform, please discuss this at your interview as we may be able to help.


There are regular practical tests to make sure you are on course. Theory is mainly assessed through assignments and short answer questions.

You will study the following units and complete both practical assessments and short answer papers to test your understanding of the different cooking methods: Unit 607 Prepare & cook food by boiling, poaching & steaming Unit 608 Prepare & cook food by stewing & braising Unit 609 Prepare & cook food baking, roasting & grilling Unit 610 Prepare & cook food by deep & shallow frying Unit 611 Regeneration of pre-prepared food Unit 612 Cod food preparation Unit 202 Food Safety in catering You will completed assignments on the following units Unit 602 introduction to employability in the catering and hospitality industry Unit 603 Health and safety in awareness catering and hospitality Unit 604 Introduction to healthier food and special diets Unit 605 Introduction to kitchen equipment

Complete 6 short timed cooking tests for both kitchen and pastry items Compete two 3 hour final practical cooking exams one for pastry and one for kitchen

Future opportunities

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery Level 2 Diploma in Culinary Skills Level 2 Diploma in Professional Food and Beverage Service

Past students have gone on to work at Bafta, Royal Horseguards, The Shard and taken up apprenticeships with contractor catering companies

Further information

You will study in one of the colleges 4 industrial kitchens fully equipped with industry equipment and classrooms that will enhance your learning. You will take part in work experience and skills day with employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2017