Entry Requirements

A relevant Level 2 qualification in professional cookery or relevant industry experience at a senior level. Plus a test to ascertain prior knowledge and level of ability and an interview.

Who is the course for

This qualification will focus on how to prepare, cook and present different types of commodities. This qualification allows you the opportunity to increase your all-round skills. Undertaking this qualification gives you proof of professional cooking skills and thus an increased opportunity for employment. In order to gain the required knowledge and skills to work in a professional kitchen, it is recommended that you should undertake this qualification before you progress to a specialist qualification such as the Advanced Technical Diploma for Professional Chefs (Patisserie and Confectionary) or refine your general skills through a qualification such as the Advanced Technical Diploma for Professional Chefs. This qualification provides you with a good grounding in producing dishes, sauces and putting these together in a service situation.

Course Content

This qualification will help you undertake skills and techniques in producing dishes, enabling you to carry out roles within a kitchen, whether in the kitchen & larder or the pastry section. This qualification is structured to enable you to work with a wide range of products in the preparation, cooking and presentation of dishes in a professional kitchen.

The topics that you will undertake include:

  • Legal and social responsibilities
  • Financial control in the commercial kitchen
  • Soups and sauces
  • Fruit and veg
  • Meat and offal
  • Poultry
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Rice, pasta and grains
  • Desserts and puddings
  • Pastry products
  • Biscuits, cakes and sponges
  • Breads
  • Chocolate

We work with local employers who will contribute to the knowledge and delivery of training. Employers will provide demonstrations and talks on the industry and where possible work placements will also be provided by the employers.

Study Methods

3/4 days per week. Theory lessons to cover all theoretical aspects of each unit. Practical lessons in our purpose built commercial kitchens to train in all aspects of each unit.

How is the course assessed

Overall final grading of Pass, Merit or Distinction

  • Synoptic Assessment - final year end practical assessment
  • External Assessment – final year end written assessments

Where next - Further Studies

  • City & Guilds Level 3 Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma for Professional Chefs (Patisserie & Confectionary)
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma for Professional Chefs (Kitchen & Larder)

  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma for Professional Chefs

Where next - Job Opportunities

The types of places where you could work include:

  • Branded/chains of restaurants/pubs
  • Small catering establishments
  • Schools and hospitals.

More Information

For further information, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team on 01895 853333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How to Apply

To apply for a course choose one of these methods:

  • Online - click the Apply Now button, fill out the form and submit
  • Post - download an application form here , or use the form in the prospectus. Fill it out and return it to: Student Records/Admissions, Uxbridge College, Park Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1NQ.

When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.

Hayes Campus: Course Starting Mon 03 September 2018

Starts: 03/09/2018

Duration: 1 Year(s)

Where: Hayes Campus

When: Monday-Friday 09:00 to 17:00