Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Food Production and Cooking

This course is suitable for those who are perhaps seeking a career change or considering establishing their own business and wishing to develop their knowledge as a chef. It is also perfect for those who are currently working within the industry but who would like to either gain a qualification or would like to enhance their skills further. This course is taught by industry professionals who can help you to develop your culinary skills and gain a nationally recognised qualification.

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

This course starts in September and will take one year to complete.

This course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

This course will focus on preparing, cooking and serving food such as pastry, butchery, fish-mongering and sauce work. In addition to developing practical skills, students will learn the theory behind the practices and gain the confidence needed to further their career as a chef. The following areas will be covered:

  • Preparing and cooking stocks, soups, sauces, fruit, vegetables, rice, pasta, grains and eggs
  • Cooking and finishing basic meat, fish, poultry and vegetable dishes
  • Maintaining food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food
  • Maintaining, handling and cleaning of knives
  • Investigating the catering and hospitality industry
  • Health and Safety in catering and hospitality

You will study alongside like-minded people in classes delivered by friendly supportive tutors.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of observations and short written tests.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

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

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information on the financial support that may be available, please visit our dedicated Financial Support for Adults section.

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

Students can progress onto courses such as the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

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