Diploma in Professional Cookery // Level 1

The course for you if ...

You have a genuine passion for the catering industry and want to begin by learning the essentials in order to become a great chef.

As well as food preparation, you will study a variety of cooking techniques and skills including: boiling, steaming, poaching, stewing, braising, baking, roasting, grilling, shallow frying, deep frying and more.

This course is an ideal stepping-stone into the catering and restaurant industries. You will gain experience of interesting cookery sessions in our industrial kitchens and meet a wide range of customers working in our on-site Retreat Bistro and Coffee Shop.

You will learn to how make a wide range of simple dishes for campus customers, as well as studying: an introduction to catering and hospitality; food safety in catering; health and safety awareness; an introduction to healthier foods and special diets; an introduction to kitchen equipment and an introduction to personal workplace skills.

Entry Requirements

A range of GCSEs at Grade D-F (or numerical equivilent); or at least a pass at BTEC Entry or Certificate or equivalent.

Mature students with no formal qualifications may be considered. You will need to attend an interview with a course tutor and get a satisfactory reference from a previous course, school or employer.


Assessment is based on practical competency as well as graded assessments and short answer test papers linked to specific units.

Progression & Careers

You can progress onto a Level 2 Professional Cookery course. Careers include: Food Handler or front of house staff in a restaurant.

Course detail
Start September
Level Level 1
Attendance Full-time
Duration One year
Campus Coast Road Campus