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Course Overview

You will work in the kitchens to supply all types of dishes to the Waterfront restaurant for Lunch, Dinner or even afternoon tea through skills sessions  You will be required to complete several assignments and on-line tests. You will also sit several skills tests through the year and final  tests to test your culinary skills.

You will work as part of our dynamic team, working in an AA accredited restaurant.

Level 1
1 year full-time
Awarding Body
City & Guilds
Course Fees
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Units and Structure


You will develop your skills in the following areas of basic Larder and Patisserie.

These skills include:

  • Prepare and cook food by boiling, poaching and steaming
  • Prepare and cook food by stewing and braising
  • Prepare and cook food by baking, roasting and grilling
  • Prepare and cook food by deep frying and shallow frying
  • Regeneration of pre-prepared food
  • Cold food preparation

Alongside the practical skills you will also be required to research and develop assignment work for necessary core knowledge of the Hospitality and Catering industry.  These include;

  • Introduction to the catering and hospitality industry
  • Food safety in catering
  • Health and safety awareness for catering and hospitality
  • Introduction to healthier foods and special diets
  • Introduction to kitchen equipment
  • Introduction to personal workplace skills

Alongside this qualification you will also complete work experience in the Waterfront Restaurant.  This will give you a solid understanding of how this area works and how the links between the kitchen and restaurant are fundamental.

Assessment for this qualification consists of:

  • 6 Practical Tests throughout the year,
  • 2 x 3 hour end of year synoptic practical exams (1 larder exam, 1 pastry exam)
  • 7 Written Assignments
  • 6 Short Answer Question papers

This qualification is graded at either pass, merit or distinction

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

  • 2 GCSEs grades D or 3 (maths and English) and above
  • All applicants must complete an initial assessment in Maths and English and attend an interview

For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

Tutors and Student Support

Chris Waddington

Chris Waddington

I have worked in kitchens since I was 17; I trained at Rotherham College for three years and successfully completed a Food Science and Nutrition Degree at Sheffield Hallam University. My love for catering came when I realised that the catering industry has no limits to creativity and learning and as a result of this my cooking style is very modern, I use many molecular techniques and modern equipment to give food a ‘wow’ factor to the customers.

I am passionate about passing these skills on to the next generation of chefs and continuing to learn more skills and techniques to share with the learners.

Student Support and Facilities

As a student, you’ll have access to a wide range of facilities, services and support, including:

  • Step outside the classroom  and access our state of the art facilities as well as 3 huge Learning Resource Centres with thousands of resources to use
  • With hands-on experience you’ll be prepared for employment with a competitive edge.
  • A dedicated impartial careers advice team to help you on your future path
  • Our wide range of courses means that we can offer the right paths to get you where you need to be
  • Our Hub campus is right in the heart of the town centre meaning you can find your way to us easily
  • Outstanding student support throughout your studies with us.

Student Comment

Throughout the two years I was enrolled onto this course I learnt a lot of skills varying from customer care, organisation, marketing, knife skills, teamwork and most of all I gained confidence.

After the course I have gained my personal license, I am still working at the same pub, but now as Assistant Manager

Leah Merchant Professional Cookery Level 2

Employer Comment

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Having students from a AA awarded Restaurant reassures us as a company of the standards and quality to what the students are taught which is paramount with us.

Thank you to the team! We will continue with this invaluable relationship.

Ian Allgood General Manager, The Cadeby Inn

Progression and Employment

On successful completion of this qualification will enable you to progress onto the following courses:

  • NVQ Professional Cookery Diploma Level 2
  • VRQ  Professional Cookery Diploma Level 2

Employment Opportunities

This Qualification will provide opportunities to gain employment preparing and cooking food for customers in the hospitality industry in positions such as a trainee Commis Chef and Trainee positions within hotels, cafes and restaurants with a starting salary from minimum wage to £14,000.


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Want to apply for this course?

You'll need to have:

  • 2 GCSEs grades D or 3 (maths and English) and above
  • All applicants must complete an initial assessment in Maths and English and attend an interview

For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

GCSE Grades are changing from 2017. Need to know more? Click here for information.

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