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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.

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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.

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course. You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.

Mature students (those aged 21 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible, subject to an interview. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses.

Start dates and fees

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

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?

Have access to industry-standard equipment and facilities.
Train under the guidance of qualified chefs.
Gain important team-work 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.

What can I go on to study?

How do I apply?

Completion of an application form which should be sent to the admissions department. You will then undergo an initial assessment followed by a one to one interview with a course tutor.


Next steps

Enrol on this course

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Why choose West Notts?

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98.8% A Level pass rate in 2019

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Best A Level provider in Mansfield and Ashfield for student progress*

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction**

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area

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£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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