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Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery

Advance your culinary skills and knowledge to compete with the best in the industry, by cooking complex dishes in our fast-paced kitchens.

We will show you how to cook fish, meat, poultry and pasta dishes with precision, in addition to using your creative skills to produce delicious pastries, cakes, biscuits and breads.

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?

With this course, you'll have the option to choose from the following units:

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

How is it assessed?

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

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English or maths or, a level 2 NVQ or Diploma in Professional Cookery.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2022), 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 visit our dedicated financial support page.

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

Once you have completed this course, you'll have all of the necessary culinary skills and knowledge you'll need to succeed in the industry. You could find yourself working anywhere in the world, under the best Chefs, fulfilling all of your ambitions.

You could even become a Head Chef and run your own kitchen, devising dishes and managing your team.

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

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

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Inspiring Success


“At College, I’ve had some amazing opportunities working with top chefs in fast-paced kitchens, across a variety of locations in the UK.”

Kyle, Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery

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Industry Competitions

Help your CV stand out by participating in prestigious industry competitions.

Industry Standard Facilities

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

Industry Contacts

Celebrity chefs and placements in top restaurants and hotels, add value to your training.

Experienced Tutors

Your tutors have worked in Michelin starred restaurants and luxury hotels around the world.