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Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Food Production and Cooking (Adult Course)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

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 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.

The course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, Water Street, St Helens, WA0 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?

No previous qualifications are required however, some basic knowledge of the catering hospitality industry would be an advantage.

What are the course fees?

The course fee is £994. You may be eligible for funding depending on your personal circumstances and subject to a fee assessment during the enrolment process. For further details, please visit our financial support pages.

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

Students can progress on to further courses such as the level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery.

Are you ready to apply?

Are you

ready to apply?

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.

Please note, we have taken our utmost care to describe and show course information as accurately as possible. St Helens College reserves the right to amend, remove and add courses in the future. This information cannot be considered contractual and advertised course fees are subject to change.

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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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Why study Catering and Hospitality with us?


Students have gained employment with exclusive restaurants or have launched their own businesses.

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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.