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.

During your course, we introduce you to using a range of digital technologies, which will help you get the most from your course and at the same time develop your digital skills.  Find out more about key computing skills and essential student 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

You normally need to commit to 18 hours per week (2-3 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 the Professional Training Kitchen in Fort William.

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

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

Late August/Early September


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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