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Level 1 in Professional Cookery at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

This one year course will enable you to achieve a Level 1 VRQ Diploma in Professional Cookery. It will also help students to learn, develop and practise the skills required for various sectors of the catering industry and subsequent career progression.

• A smart and professional image is essential as you will be working with the public
• Great importance is placed upon reliability - regular attendance and punctuality are essential
• You will need to purchase a catering kit and uniform before the start of the programme;
further details will be given to you at the Welcome Event
• You will have a strong passion for the catering industry

Course modules include:

• Level 1 VRQ Diploma in Professional Cookery - which provides an introduction to the industry
• food safety
• health and safety
• healthy foods and special diets
• kitchen equipment
• personal workplace skills.

It also covers how to prepare and cook food
• methods such as boiling, poaching, steaming, baking, roasting, grilling, braising and stewing.
• Unit Certificate in Food Safety in Catering.

As with all our programmes, this course includes tutorial sessions and individual reviews, giving you individual time with your personal tutor.
You will also have the opportunity to study and achieve further qualifications in Functional Skills in English or Maths to assist in your personal development.

Entry requirements

You will need 2 GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above.. Potential candidates must demonstrate their commitment and enthusiasm towards a career within the catering industry.  Each candidate will be considered on their experience, suitability, school reference showing good attendance and behaviour.In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.


Theoretical aspects of the programme will mainly be assessed through assignments and short answer questions. Individual practical tests will take place throughout the programme.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

You can continue on to our Level 2 Technical Certificate in Professional Cookery.  Enter the catering and hospitality sector in a professional kitchen environment.  Study a level 2 intermediate apprenticeship in Professional Cookery.

Further information

We would encourage you to visit one of our Cambridge Regional College Open Days:

Cambridge: Thursday 13th June 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Saturday 15th June 9:30am-12:30pm

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 22 May 2019
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