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Home Cooking Skills (BTEC Level 2) at New College Swindon

Course description

This course will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy cooking meals at home.  You will gain an understanding of how to economise when planning meals to cook and you will be encouraged to inspire others by passing on the skills and recipes you have learnt.

This course is based on the chef Jamie Oliver’s proposition that being able to cook is an essential life skill which empowers people to makes changes that have benefits to health and wellbeing.

Course content

You will be introduced to basic cooking skills by following simple recipes and learning how to use kitchen equipment safely.  Each recipe will be underpinned with knowledge about its nutrition content and the benefits of using fresh ingredients.

You will learn to cook a wide range of foods including eggs, breakfasts, simple soups, pasta dishes, basic bread making, dishes with mince, fish and chicken, puddings, salad preparation and baking such as brownies and biscuits.

You will be introduced to planning a timetable to prepare a two course meal, and costing the ingredients for economy and value for money.  You will also look at the importance of meal presentation, portion size and table settings.

You will also look at basic food hygiene requirements and correct storage of foods and  will assess the value of passing on information to others about home cooking.

Entry requirements

No previous experience of cooking skills is needed for this course but you must have basic literacy and numeracy skills in order to be able to read and understand recipes and measure ingredients.


This course is assessed by planning and preparing a meal and gathering a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate understanding of basic nutrition.  Students will be expected to photograph the dishes they make during lessons and include these pictures and a small amount of written work in their portfolio.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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