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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?

You can start working towards your new qualification at any time during the academic year.

It is a very flexible course that can be studied on either a full or part-time basis depending on which best suits your circumstances.

For the full-time route, you would normally attend College for approximately 3 - 4 days a week.

For the part-time route, you would normally already be working within the industry and would attend College for approximately 1 day per week. If you chose to practice your skills within your workplace, you may gain the qualification in less time than estimated.

The qualification takes approximately 36 weeks to complete.

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

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?

No formal qualifications are necessary but students must be motivated, able to work as part of a team, passionate about food and committed to studying for at least 13 hours per week.

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 click here.

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.

Reasons to study with us

There are a range of reasons why you should join us to study Catering and Food Safety. Click here to find out more.

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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.