Access to Culinary Arts with Professional Cookery Level 2

Course Information

  • Course Code: FS007
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: City and Guilds
  • Study mode: Part Time


This is a one-year programme of study that covers the key practical and theoretical aspects of Professional Cookery. The programme is ideal for mature students wishing to move into careers in the Catering and Hospitality industry and is planned to be timetabled for approximately 10 hours over 2 days per week.

What will I study?

You will study units of the City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery qualification.


  • Maintaining a safe, hygienic and secure working environment
  • Work effectively as part of a team
  • Maintaining food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food
  • How to maintain, handle and clean knives
  • Preparing, cooking and finishing meat, fish, poultry, vegetable, soup, pasta, rice and egg dishes and accompanying stocks and sauces
  • Preparing, cooking and finishing pastry, dough and cake products and hot and cold desserts

Entry Requirements

Ideally you will have a Level 1 Hospitality qualification or equivalent, alternatively you may have experience in the Hospitality industry or be looking to enter the industry in the future. All applicants will be interviewed by the course leader for their suitability prior to the start of the course.

How will I be assessed?

You will be continuously assessed on the work you produce in the practical working areas, relevant theory tests and your portfolio.

What can I do next?

Upon completion of this course you can progress onto Level 3 Professional cookery. Once you have completed the Level 3 qualification you may progress to Higher Education. Many students choose to study - this is approved by Lancaster University who are in the Top 10 of Universities in the UK.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Kitchen Manager (head Chef)

As a kitchen manager or head chef, you would use your knowledge and experience of professional cooking to lead a team of staff and efficiently run a kitchen.

In this job you will need good leadership skills. You will need to work quickly and calmly when under pressure. You will also need to control a budget. If you are interested in food and you can lead a team in an organised way, this job could be perfect for you.

To get into this job you will need experience in a professional kitchen, running your own section. You can work your way up from kitchen assistant to trainee chef, then section chef and manager/head chef. You may also be able to get into this job through an Apprenticeship scheme.

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Catering Manager

Catering managers (also known as food service managers) work with chefs and catering assistants to plan and organise the food and drink service of an organisation or business. As a catering manager, you would make sure that the quality of the food is of a high standard. You would also be responsible for meeting financial targets.

To do this job, you will need to be able to lead and manage staff. You will also need strong customer service skills, and be comfortable working with figures. If you are passionate about food, and want a varied working environment, then this role could suit you well.

To apply for a trainee manager job, you will usually need a good standard of general education, and some relevant experience.

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Restaurant Manager

Restaurant managers are responsible for making sure that their restaurants run efficiently, and that customers are satisfied with the quality of food and service they receive.

If good food and great service are important to you, this is a role that could suit you well. To do this job, you will need the ability to manage staff. You will also need strong customer service skills, and be comfortable working with figures.

To apply for a trainee manager job, you will usually need a good standard of general education and some relevant work experience.

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Chefs prepare food using a variety of cooking methods. In large kitchens they usually work as part of a team. The head chef runs the entire kitchen.

You will need to have a keen interest in food and cooking, and be able to do several tasks at once. You’ll be able to show off your creative side by presenting dishes in imaginative ways.

If you love food and really enjoy cooking, this could be the perfect career for you.

You may not need any academic qualifications to start work as a trainee chef, although it may help if you have a good general standard of education including GCSEs in subjects like English and maths.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire