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Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Professional Cookery

Begin your culinary career here. Learn all of the basics that you'll need to secure your first job in the industry.

You'll be working in our kitchens from the start, learning the amazing knife skills that all chefs need, getting to know the kitchen equipment and cooking your first dishes.

You'll start by boiling, poaching and steaming, before moving on to stewing and braising, and finish with baking, roasting, grilling and frying.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take one year to complete.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following units:

  • Introduction to the catering and hospitality industry
  • Food safety in catering
  • Health and safety awareness for catering and hospitality
  • Introduction to healthier foods and special diets Introduction to kitchen equipment
  • Introduction to personal workplace skills
  • Preparing and cooking food by boiling, poaching and steaming
  • Preparing and cooking food by stewing and braising
  • Preparing and cooking food by baking, roasting and grilling
  • Preparing and cooking food by deep frying and shallow frying
  • Regeneration of pre-prepared food

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by assignments, observations of preparing, cooking and serving food and short tests.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have four GCSEs at grade 3 (equivalent to grade D) or above, including English or maths.

As part of your study programme, you will work towards achieving your qualifications in English and maths.

English and maths forms an important part of your future, ensuring you achieve the best success in your chosen career. But don't worry, if you haven't got the desired grades, we will still have a course available for you.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2018), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

After studying this course, experiencing the buzz in the kitchens and realising how rewarding it is to cook amazing food, you'll be able to progress on to the more advanced level 2 diploma in professional cookery.

This is your first step towards a culinary career. Working in restaurants, bars or hotels, this could take you as far as you want to go.

Ref: Julie Heap



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Why study Catering and Food Safety with us?

Industry Kitchens

Our contemporary training facilities are well resourced, reflecting industry standards.

Tutor Chefs

Your experienced tutors have worked in Michelin starred restaurants around the world.

Industry Links

From celebrity chefs to placements in top restaurants, our links add value to your training.

Fine Dining Restaurant

Colours Restaurant has a fantastic reputation and provides a commercial working environment. 

Industry Competitions

Help your CV stand out by participating in prestigious competitions with us.

Guaranteed Interview

Upon successful completion of your course we guarantee an interview with an employer.