Professional Cookery with Hospitality NC Level 5

What is special about this course?

This course will give the learner, knowledge, experience and confidence to transition into employment or to progress to a higher role within the industry.

This course offers flexibility in learning and can support you to progress into the role within industry that you aspire to or to choose further study such as our Professional Cookery NC Level 6. The learner is able to work with a full range of ingredients and build personal skills with a range of preparation techniques and cookery skills.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a passion for cookery and hospitality and be willing to work hard and commit to the requirements of the course. It would be beneficial for candidates to have relevant National 4s. Mature students will be considered on merit. All candidates will attend an interview.

The professional cookery elements of this course have been split into Practical, Knowledge and Kitchen Operations to give the learner a much broader understanding and experience of all roles covered within a Chef's job along with the relevant Food Hygiene qualifications for the Hospitality Industry and Health and Safety in Hospitality.

In this course you will learn and engage with Hospitality employers in preparations for working in industry through investigation and work experience.


PPE provided (funded through bursary if eligible). For any applicants not eligible for bursary, PPE costs £75.00 for chef's jacket, trousers, aprons, neck scarf, safety shoes, hat and hairnets.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

3 days a week based on 6 hours a day. This will be split into one day practical, one day theory and one day flexible self study to fit within your week. Evening participation when required.

Each week will comprise of scheduled, connected learning time and flexible learning time. You need to commit to both, but you can choose when to complete flexible learning activity to fit around your work, caring and personal commitments.  Some flexible learning must be done on a weekly basis.

Connected learning is when you learn together with lecturers, students and others. Connected learning happens at a scheduled time in a practical workshop, an online-classroom, a studio, a specialist classroom, the workplace or in the outdoors.

Flexible learning covers lecturer directed learning and self-directed learning

Lecturer-directed learning is weekly learning activity, for example:

  •     posting your idea in a discussion forum,
  •     completing a quiz,
  •     practising a task, activity or idea
  •     watching a video or reading,
  •     discussing and working on a solution with another student,
  •     researching and gathering information,
  •     completing an assignment or project-based task.

Self-directed learning is your decision about further study and focus.  We encourage you to take ownership of your learning and areas of interest. You can ask us to help you to determine areas for further development.

As and when it is appropriate and safe to do so, your connected learning activity will take place in the professional kitchen.  However, during periods of social distancing restrictions, some of your learning may need to move to an online-classroom.  This will include a combination of video conferencing, interactive chat and sharing of presentation slides and other visuals. Online-classrooms provide you with real time interaction, contact and discussion with your lecturer and fellow students.

How long will my course last?

34 Weeks

How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed through ongoing observations, practical activities, Open and Closed book assessments.

Where can I study my course?

    • Fort William

Start date



Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please read our Fees & Funding information pages for more information regarding residency, previous study and bursary rates. Please contact if you have any further questions.

Rest of UK students : For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), with a term-time address in Scotland, studying full time, the course fee is £5,800.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) or not. However you must complete an application even if you know that you're not entitled to EMA.

If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.


Students may qualify for bursary funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You could consider progressing to our Professional Cookery NC Level 6 or take your new skills straight in to employment. If you choose employment there are further upskilling opportunities with our Professional Cookery SVQ 3 or other SVQs depending on your employer.

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