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Professional Cookery - Full Time
Professional Cookery - Full Time

Professional Cookery

Level 2
Cheltenham Forest of Dean

Course Overview

Full Time

Ideal if: you would like to pursue a career in the catering and hospitality industry.

You’ll learn: food safety, food and beverage service, health and safety, knife skills and how to prepare and cook a range of dishes.

Expect: a practical and demanding course in which you will produce high quality food to tight deadlines with skill, care and attention to detail.

You’ll love: working with highly regarded chefs and gaining industry experience throughout your course.

The Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery is aimed at learners who are looking to start a career in the hospitality and catering industry.  Learners could progress into employment, onto an Apprenticeship, or further their studies by taking other qualifications at Level 3.

On this course the following modules:

  • Maintain a safe hygienic and secure working environment
  • Work effectively as part of a hospitality team
  • Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food
  • Maintain handle and clean knives
  • Meat and Poultry
  • Hot sauces and Soups
  • Vegetable dishes
  • Bread, Dough and Pastry
  • Hot and Cold desserts

This one year course is full time and involves a combination of practical and theory classes. Students will further develop their skills by cooking and serving customers in the college training restaurants.

The course includes masterclasses from some of Gloucestershire’s finest chefs, trips to hospitality businesses and taking part in exciting enrichment activities

The qualification you will study is the City and Guilds Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery

The assessment on this course will be through a mixture of practical tasks and short answer tests. During the programme you will complete a logbook showing what you have produced and you'll have practical assessments.

There are currently a variety of employment opportunities in the hospitality industry and achievement of this qualification will help to kick-start your career. Many learners progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery which takes your skills to a higher level.


  • Typical Entry Criteria

    • Three GCSE subjects at Grade 3 and above:

      Gloucestershire College welcome any other/combinations of relevant qualifications that are comparable and/or equivalent to the typical course entry requirements.

      For 19+ applicants that do not have recognised qualifications may still meet course entry requirements through alternative methods of assessment at the College’s discretion.

      All queries regarding course entry criteria including the equivalency of qualifications and exceptional extenuating circumstances should be directed by email to the Admissions Department through applications@gloscol.ac.uk.

  • The general progression route for our Professional Cookery Level 2 programme is:

    Professional Cookery (Level 3) NVQ 

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Catering and hospitality is a thriving industry in Gloucestershire, across the UK and around the globe, offering a range of exciting opportunities. From hotels, restaurants and cruise ships to holiday parks, contract catering and more, the opportunities are endless and include roles such as chefs, sommeliers, hotel managers and front-of-house staff through to event managers, marketing and public relations.

GC has fantastic links with local and regional employers, which allows students to attend masterclasses with some of the best professionals in the industry. You will gain relevant industry experience by working at GC’s commercial restaurants, which include The View Restaurant at our Forest of Dean Campus, and Number One Restaurant at our Cheltenham Campus.

You’ll also get plenty of real-world experience attending and running events around the county, which may include large functions and corporate events.

Student Stories

Imogen Adlam

I like cooking and getting the freedom to make things. I like finding new dishes, learning new techniques and discovering new flavours. The people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made here have definitely helped me become more outgoing. We work as a team and this course gives you a taste of the cooking industry.

Imogen Adlam

Level 2 - Catering and Hospitality - Cheltenham Campus

Clay Palmer

“I went to Dene Magna, then decided to study catering at GC as that’s what I’d like to do in my career. I have gained knife skills and lots of experience so far; working in new kitchens with large ovens and blast chillers. "

Clay Palmer

Level 2 – Professional Cookery – Forest of Dean Campus

Gemma Parry

“I chose GC as I wanted to learn new skills from lecturers who have lots of experience in industry. I have developed great knife skills and become more familiar with different types of meat and fish; training in modern, well-equipped kitchens. I have built my confidence and made new friends, and learnt how to deal with pressure and time constraints in the kitchen during work experience at a local pub. I hope to bake cakes and desserts in my future career.”

Gemma Parry

Level 3 – Catering and Hospitality – Forest of Dean Campus

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