Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery



The course is a combination of skills sessions in our state of the art kitchen; class based theory lessons and work experience in our restaurant kitchen. The course has four mandatory units covering Food Safety, Health and Safety, Knife Care and Teamwork in Hospitality. The optional units cover a range of skills based around preparing, cooking and finishing the following products: Meat, Fish, Poultry, Vegetables, Soups, Sauces, Rice, Pasta, Bread, Pastry, Cakes, Sponges, Hot and Cold Desserts.

Course Content - What will I learn?

You will build upon your existing knowledge of working with various food commodities. The course will go into more depth about the different types of food commodities and help you gain theoretical and practical knowledge that will be tested in the kitchen through observations and theory tests.

Am I right for the course?

You should have a genuine interest in cooking and want to develop your skills in this area. We use a real working restaurant within the college to help you build your skills for the vocational demands of being a chef.

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 9 – 3 including a grade 4 in either maths or English and a Level 1 qualification.

You will be assessed through observation of your skills in the restaurant and skills kitchen sessions. You will also have multiple choice tests on all units that you cover.

As part of your course you must complete either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths, depending on your current grades. You will gain a Level 2 Food Hygiene qualification which is a requirement of working in the industry.

Oaklands has a team of staff who are industry trained and qualified in their fields. They are dedicated in helping you reach your full potential and achieve your qualification.

What Next?

You will have gained suitable skills within the kitchen to work as a commis chef and possibly a Chef de Partie in a variety of catering establishments. There is the possibility of going onto the Level 3 qualification if you have aspirations of working in high end establishments, but the academic demand is higher due to course work requirements.

Successful completion of our Hospitality & Catering courses can lead you onto a higher level course, university or even into employment.

Potential careers:

  • Butler, Catering/ Restaurant Manager
  • Chef
  • Conference and Banqueting Manager
  • Hotel Manager
  • Hotel Receptionist
  • Housekeeper
  • Kitchen Assistant/ Porter
  • Kitchen Supervisor/ Manager
  • Sommelier/ Wine Waiter
  • Waiter/ Waitress '

This is where the stars of the future are going to train.' – Becky Alexander – Local Food Critic

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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