Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery (Preparation and Cookery)

This course is suitable for those who may have successfully completed a level 2 qualification in food preparation and cooking. It would also be suitable for those who possess at least three years work experience within the food industry or those who are seeking to broaden their knowledge of preparing, cooking and finishing food.

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?

Students will learn new techniques and skills in butchery, larder preparations, fine cookery, sauce work, production of fine pastries and confectionery. Students will learn the theory behind the practice and develop the confidence needed to succeed in a culinary career. The following areas will be covered:

  • Cooking and finishing complex fish, meat, poultry, vegetable, shellfish and game dishes
  • Preparing, cooking and finishing complex hot sauces, dressing and cold sauces
  • Preparing, cooking and finishing soups, fresh pasta dishes, bread and dough products, cakes, sponges biscuits, scones and pastry products
  • Adhering to health, hygiene, safety and security procedures
  • Maintaining food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food
  • Developing productive working relationships with colleagues

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

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through a series of written assignments, food cooking, preparing and serving observations, short tests and a pastry exam.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You will need to be driven, ambitious, able to work as part of a team, dedicated to learning and passionate about food.

You will need to have gained one of the following qualifications: level 2 NVQ in Professional Cookery, Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery, 706/2 City and Guilds - Cookery for the Catering Industry or Food Production and Cooking.

Alternatively you may have work experience and will have been employed in the catering industry as a cook or chef for at least three years. This is the perfect course to help you to gain formal catering qualifications to complement your work experience.

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 Adult Financial support page.

If you are aged 19 or over, you could also choose to apply for a Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £25,000 per year. For more information, please visit our dedicated Advanced Learner Loan page.

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

You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in the hospitality industry, potentially gaining employment in a range of food outlets such as hotels, pubs, restaurants and cruise liners.

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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