Diploma in Professional Cookery // Level 3

The course for you if ...

You’re moving up from the Level 2 course and want to gain advanced knowledge and skills for the catering industry that you aspire to be part of as a higher level professional chef.

The programme covers topics such as healthy eating, complex meat, fish and poultry dishes as well as a range of hot and cold desserts.

This level of study gives you the opportunity to express your own style and creativity with exquisite dishes and exciting menus, whilst developing higher level production skills for the catering industry.

Entry Requirements

You may be able to progress from the Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery, or equivalent. You will need to attend an interview with a course tutor and get a satisfactory reference from a previous course, school or employer. Students are required to purchase uniforms and kit for all Catering courses (approx. cost of kit and uniforms = £50, based on 13-14 costs). Financial support may be available to help with the cost of course-specific equipment, ask the Gateway team for more details.


Assessment is based on practical competency as well as externally set assignments and short answer test papers linked to specific units.

Progression & Careers

You will be able to progress onto a wide range of careers in the Catering and Hospitality industry such as: restaurant management, front of house operations and accommodation. You could work in hotels, restaurants, bars, event catering or on cruise ships.

Course detail
Start September
Level Level 3
Attendance Full-time
Duration One year
Campus Coast Road Campus