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Cooking for Health - Catering Taster

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

Are you considering a career in cooking? Do you love food? Or maybe you are considering opening a small café or other food business?

This short, flexible cookery course enables you to sample studying for a career in the food and hospitality industry.

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

This course has flexible start dates throughout the year. You will attend College one day per week for two weeks.

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

What will I study?

The focus is primarily on the practical aspects of the culinary world allowing you to develop real skills. You will also explore the importance of using fresh produce to compile basic healthy dishes. The focus is primarily on the practical aspects of the culinary world allowing you to develop real skills. You will also explore the importance of using fresh produce to compile basic healthy dishes.

Taught by professional chefs and food service staff from a range of backgrounds, including Michelin-starred restaurants, cruise liners, hotels and industrial environments you have the opportunity to train in first class facilities.

You have the opportunity to learn skills in butchery, fishmongery, sauce making, as well as baking and preparing vegetables.

How is it assessed?

There is no formal assessment for this short course.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

No previous qualifications are required. All you need is motivation and passion for food and possibly be considering a career in the industry.

What are the course fees?

You may be eligible for Community Learning funding if you have not recently participated in a similar Community Learning programme, or received any other recent government funded training.

There are a number of fee options for this course including:

  • If you are unemployed - FREE
  • If you are employed - £30

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

This course could be very first step on the ladder towards gaining a career in the Hospitality Industry. The industry is one of the fastest growing in the world. In England alone there are well over 100,000 businesses employing a workforce of over 1 million and there are still shortages for skilled chefs and well qualified managers.

Previous learners have gained employment in a whole range of different places such as hotels, restaurants, cruise liners, pubs and even as a celebrity chefs on television.

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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Why study Catering and Hospitality with us?


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

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 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.