Diploma in Professional Cookery // Level 2

The course for you if ...

You wish to develop your knowledge in a professional environment, gaining a wide range of skills for an exciting career as a chef in both hotel and restaurant kitchens.

What will I study?

You’ll learn to prepare and cook a variety of dishes including: poultry, meat, offal, fish, shellfish, rice, pasta and vegetables, as well as desserts and bakery products. There is also the opportunity to plan themed nights and present your own menus.

This qualification also takes into account the latest approach to food hygiene, health and safety legislation and current industry practices.

You will be able to prepare and cook a range of commodities, whilst the investigative and theoretical units provide a broad understanding of all aspects of kitchen operations, costs, menu planning as well as nutritional and special diets.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade D (3) or above; or pass at Level 1 Diploma in Professional Cookery or equivalent. 

Students are required to purchase uniforms and kit for all catering courses (approx. cost of kit and uniforms = £220 if new to college, or £50 top-up if progressing from Level 1 Diploma within the College, 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 could progress to a Level 3 Professional Cookery course. Careers include: Commis Chef and Chef de Partie.

Course detail
Start September
Level Level 2
Attendance Full-time
Duration One year
Campus Coast Road Campus