Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery


Course Content - What will I learn?

You will access inspirational teaching sessions to help you develop advanced skills and techniques.

This includes producing vegetable and vegetarian dishes, meat, poultry and game dishes, fish and shellfish, fermented dough and batter products, petits fours, pasta products, hot, cold and frozen desserts and cakes, biscuits and sponges.

You will complete either work-based projects or work experience allowing you to get a real insight into the industry.

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 (The Stables Restaurant) to help you build your skills for the vocational demands of being a chef.

A minimum of 4 GCSEs grade 9 – 4 including maths and English or a full Level 2 with a merit profile and grades 9 – 4 in English & maths.

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 also 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?

Degree-level study at university or an apprenticeship. University courses include hospitality management or advanced culinary skills.

Careers include chef and cook, hospitality manager, confectioner and catering or bar manager.

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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