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Professional Cookery (Kitchen and Larder) VRQ Diploma Level 3 – C2937

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Course Overview

This course is designed for those who have successfully completed a professional chef qualification at level 2 or have relevant trade experience and want to develop their craft.

There are a range of enrichment opportunities; including master classes from expert local chefs and exciting employment prospects within one of our careers fairs.

You will also be required to complete an industry placement in a professional kitchen. In order to support you, our dedicated work placement team will be on hand to help you find the right vacancy that suits your skillset and interests.

If you are aged 16 to 18, you will be enrolled on a study programme. This will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above.
You will take part in activities that help you to develop your personal skills, such as building your character and confidence. This will help you to live well and move into your chosen career.

If you are 16-19 years old these activities will be timetabled as will work experience and placement. You can also choose to take part in other activities.
For other age groups, activities will be tailored to your needs.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

You will develop your skills across a wide range of key areas within hospitality, including:

1. The principles of food safety
2. Supervisory skills in hospitality
3. Exploring Gastronomy

You will also investigate advanced practical techniques in producing vegetarian meals, Poultry and Game dishes, meat, fish and shellfish.

Practical assessments will be carried out as B-Tasks within various time frames, dependent on the complexity of the assessment. You will also carry out a four dish synoptic practical assessment to showcase your skills towards the end of your course.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course requires one reference and it is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A professional cookery level 2 qualification and a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4 or above is also required.

Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.

How you will be assessed

This course is focused on developing your practical skills within a professional kitchen, alongside supportive general knowledge of key aspects of the catering industry.

The practical units are assessed via observations. These will run alongside five units that are assignment based.
The qualification is gained through the completion of these units.

Practical assessments will be carried out as B-Tasks within various time frames, dependent on the complexity of the assessment. You will also carry out a four dish synoptic practical assessment to showcase your skills towards the end of your course.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £5421.00

Additional Costs

Throughout the year you will take part in enrichment activities and employment opportunities within one of our careers fairs. You will need a full set of catering knives and chef whites, approximately costing £231.00. The College does however have a means-tested support fund which, if you qualify, can help with your additional costs including kit, travel and £125 material fee. Details of the recommended kit supplier will be provided on enrolment. Students continuing from a previous course may only need to replace some items.

Material Fees



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

Upon completion, you could go on to study a level four kitchen management course or a foundation degree in hospitality management and culinary arts.

Alternatively, you may choose to go into employment as a chef de partie or a similar position within a good-quality restaurant, café, hotel or other catering establishment in the hospitality industry.

What Happens Next

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a welcome event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.

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