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Culinary Skills Level 2 VRQ at The City of Liverpool College

Course description

The Culinary Skills qualifications can help you become a chef or progress to a more senior chef's role. You'll gain a high standard of cookery skills and have the option to learn other workplace essentials like health and safety in a kitchen. The Culinary Skills qualifications are 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.

Students aged 16-18 will form a study programme which will also include the VRQ Level 2 Certificate in Professional Food and Beverage Service qualification (this is available for mature students to study at an extra cost).

Depending on GCSE results the study programme could include either functional skills (Maths & English) or GCSE (Maths & English) and any underpinning knowledge required for the qualification. Students will complete an initial assessment test prior to starting the course to evaluate their eligibility onto the programme.

In this course, students cover the fundamental professional culinary skills required to become a chef in the current, dynamic industry.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements are GCSE grades F-G or above in English and Maths, or achievement of Entry 3 in the college online initial assessment tests in English and Maths. It is desirable to have a reasonable level of ICT, you will also be subject to interview. This course is suitable for 16-18 students and mature learners.

Future opportunities

Occupations related to this course:

  • Manager or director in retail or wholesale
  • Sales or retail assistant
  • Catering or bar manager
  • Cook
  • Chef
  • Baker or flour confectioner
  • Buyer or procurement officer
  • Shopkeeper or proprietor - wholesale/retail
  • Restaurant or catering establishment manager/proprietor
  • Kitchen or catering assistant

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The City of Liverpool College directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016

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    • The College's Duke Street centre is located amongst the City's bustling RopeWalks conservation area famous for it's port related heritage and vibrant culinary scene. The centre is located just a few minutes walk from the City's world class shopping centre, Liverpool One.

      This campus is the central location for apprenticeships and both further and higher education courses in catering, hospitality, travel, tourism and leisure as well as hair, beauty and holistic therapies.

      All students have access to well-resourced facilities including modern industry standard teaching workrooms, kitchens and laboratories and salons kitted out with modern, industry-specialist equipment.

      The Academy Restaurant, Academy Hair, Beauty and Holistic Therapy Salons, The Graduate Hair Salon and The Academy Café are located here in purpose built, industry standard facilities. As commercial ventures, they provide authentic working environments for students in training, as well as first-rate food produce and services and hair and beauty treatments to the public at highly competitive prices.