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Technical Certificate or Diploma in Professional Cookery - Level 2


This course is aimed at those who want to develop their cookery skills and pursue a career as a professional chef. You will study a variety of practical and theoretical units which will develop your skills and knowledge in preparation for employment.

Entry requirements

For the diploma: GCSE maths with at least a grade 3/D plus GCSE English with at least grade 4/C, or a Level 1 hospitality and catering qualification with the relevant English and maths qualifications; or relevant industry experience.

For the technical certificate: GCSE maths and English with at least grade 4/C.

16-18 year old applicants:

You will need to supply a copy of your most up-to-date school/college report or a reference from a teacher/employer. Please upload this to your myVISION account by the end of May 2021.

19+ year old applicant:

Mature students (those aged 19 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses. You will also be required to supply a written reference either from a recent educational institution or employer. Please upload this to your myVISION account by the end of May 2021. If you are not able to gain a reference, please contact for further advice.

Start dates and fees

You may be required to purchase additional kit. For estimated prices, please call the course tutor on 0808 100 3626.

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20211 yr(s)1962A1233FREE£500.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

How long is the course?

One year.


How will I be assessed?

A practical assessment, theoretical assessment - once you have gained sufficient knowledge of the subject, externally set assignments and multiple choice tests.

What does the course lead to?

Employment within a professional kitchen environment via an apprenticeship.

What will I study?

Course Overview:

  • Develop your cookery skills to become a professional chef
  • Study practical/theoretical units
  • Preparation for employment
  • Work as a chef in Refined restaurant

You will have access to industry-standard equipment and facilities and will train under the guidance of qualified chefs.
You will gain important team-working skills which are essential in a busy food environment.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

How do I apply?

Completion of an application form which should be sent to the admissions department. 

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