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Professional Cookery NVQ Level 2 Diploma at East Sussex College

Course description

This practical, portfolio-based qualification builds on the work completed at Level 1. It offers an alternative progression route for those keen to gain additional catering and food service skills in preparation for further study or embarking on a career in the industry. This course delivers the practical skills and knowledge you will need to work successfully across all areas of the food service industry. To achieve the full qualification you must complete 3 mandatory units and 11 optional, examples of which are effective teamwork, food safety, health and safety preparation and cooking of meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, hot sauces, stock and soups. In addition you will gain an additional Level 2 Diploma in Hospitality, thus gaining experience of all aspects of the hospitality and catering industry at level 2. You will gain valuable hands on experience working in our professional kitchens, preparing and serving meals in our Bistro and Restaurant, both of which are open to the public. Our well attended themed evenings provide an excellent opportunity to help develop confidence and experience.Throughout the year you will have the opportunity to participate in competition work.

Entry requirements

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements.

There are no subject specific entry criteria for this course.


You will build a portfolio of evidence based on continuous assessment within our kitchens and restaurant. Assessment will be by a variety of methods including practical observation, online testing, and oral and written questions.

Future opportunities

This course can provide a pathway to a wide range of jobs including chef or food service personnel in hotels, restaurants and contract catering, with opportunities to travel. Successful students can also continue their studies to the NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery.

Further information

To progress on this course, and to go further in training or at work, it’s essential to have good Maths and English alongside vocational expertise. We encourage all applicants to work to achieve GCSE English and maths before leaving school, if at all possible. However, if you have not yet achieved a GCSE in maths and/or English (grades A*-C) you will continue to study these subjects as a compulsory part of your programme. If you are not ready to retake your GCSE, you will study these subjects as Functional Skills.

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: 30 January 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Years
  • Course code: 4304/020
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