Professional Cookery with Hospitality NC Level 5

What is special about this course?

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

The flexibility in learning that this course offers can support you to progress into the role within industry that you aspire towards 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

NPA 4 Professional Cookery or previous relevant industry experience.

We’ll be inviting you by email to attend course information sessions between now and the start of your course. We’d urge you to come along if at all possible.

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.

More than just your subject

Imagine coming out of college with your subject qualification PLUS a portfolio of skills endorsed by employers. That’s exactly what you will get with us. Our skills+ portfolio is part of your full-time course. You will develop skills in digital literacy, entrepreneurship, metaskills, work-readiness, net-zero, wellbeing, and the skills you need for your future aspirations. Our skills+ portfolio becomes your portfolio to take away with you. Whilst studying your subject you will build your skills+ portfolio and gain confidence and resilience along the way.


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.

Internet connection and a suitable device with headphones, microphone and camera (minimum spec) is required. Please email us if you have any concerns about connectivity or equipment.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

You normally need to commit to 18 hours per week (around 3 days) of blended learning time consisting of timetabled learning and personal study.

For the practical elements of your course, some of your timetabled learning will take probably place in our Professional Training Kitchens.

How long will my course last?

34 Weeks

Fort William: 3 days per week, based on 6hrs per day. This will be split into 1 day practical, 1 day theory and 1 day flexible self study to fit within your week. Evening participation when required.

Portree: 4 days per week. 3 will be campus delivery, 6hrs per day covering both practical and theory elements and 1 day flexible to facilitate self-learning/work experience. 

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
    • Portree

    Please note, UHI West Highland will be changing its name to UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023, subject to Scottish Government approval. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study.

Start date

August 2023


For the latest information on fees please see our Fees & Funding information pages.


Students may qualify for bursary funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Progression opportunities to: 


Any suitable roles within a kitchen environment suited to the level of experience and knowledge gained by the learner.

Is there more information available online?

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I have worked as a primary teacher and then in the fish farming industry. Time to move into something different. 
Being Spanish, I’d always had an interest in cooking. It made me think, why not do something I already spend a lot of time on and enjoy so much, professionally?

I enjoy the learning so much, exploring anything I don’t know about yet. You get to meet new people. It’s fun and very friendly so you make great friends and connections.

I plan to do the Level 6 course next. I see what other students are making in the kitchen at the higher level that’s more elaborate and think, “Ooh, I want to try that, I need to do that!”. I got some work experience in a hotel which was challenging and I learned a lot. When I’m ready to go into the workforce, the most important thing is working with a nice team, maybe in a family-feel smaller business.

If you’re interested in cooking or hospitality, just do it – it’s fun, and because the lecturers are amazing, the support from them is so good.

Esther Marcos

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I want to start in 2023/24

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI West Highland. Please note, UHI West Highland will be changing its name to UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023, subject to Scottish Government approval. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study. UHI West Highland operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.