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City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery (Preparation and Cooking)

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The Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery (Preparation and Cooking) course is ideal if you have a passion for food and drink and wish to have a career in the Catering & Hospitality sector in a role such as chef or waiter. Completing this course is your first step to working in a professional kitchen or restaurant.

This course covers all the basic duties to become a chef, from maintaining a safe place of work to preparing and baking food items.

You will gain real-world experience working and learning in a professional kitchen and contribute towards providing and managing the canteen services.

You will be assessed throughout the course to check on your progress. This will consist of 9 theoretical assessments under exam conditions and on-going practical assessments throughout the year. You will need to pass all assessments to gain the qualification.


  • Investigating the hospitality industry
  • Health and safety
  • Food hygiene
  • Healthy eating
  • Preparation and cooking of hot and cold savoury dishes including meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, sauces and soups
  • Hot and cold desserts
  • Baking and dough products

Who is the course for?

  • People aged 16 – 18
  • People aged up to 24 who declare a disability and have an EHC Plan
  • 19+

Entry requirements

  • English and Maths qualification at Level 1 or above or GCSE at grade D (Grade 3) or above
  • Previous industry experience will be considered


  • Level 3 course
  • Traineeship 
  • Apprenticeship
  • Employment in a role such as Commis Chef or Waiter

When is the course run?

September 2020

Study Programme

If you are aged 16 – 18 or up to 24, declare a disability and have an EHC Plan this course will form part of your study programme.

The programme also includes:

  • English & Maths
  • Citizenship & Employability
  • Work Experience or Placement
  • Enrichment
  • 1-to-1 Personal Tutor Sessions

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Course Fees

Courses are free for all students aged 16 – 18 (or up to 24 if you declare a disability and have an Education, Health & Care Plan).

For people aged 19+ the course fee is £3345. You may be eligible for fee remission. See Money Matters for details.