Professional Cookery NC Level 6
What is special about this course?
Challenge your ability and extend your range of creative approaches to the preparation and display of food and you will be better prepared for a satisfying career in this booming industry sector.
This advanced course will focus on the more complicated aspects of food preparation, advanced cooking methods, menu planning, product knowledge and the importance of the “final plate up”.
The hospitality industry is vital to Scotland’s tourism sector and a key part of our economy. Hotels, bars, restaurants, canteens and cafes all require skilled chefs to plan, design and prepare food to the highest standards.
You will be based in the professional training kitchen in Fort William. Students will combine practical cooking days with classroom theory sessions each week.
Applicants must have a passion for cookery and be willing to work hard and commit to the requirements of the course. It would be beneficial for candidates to have relevant Standard Grades at Credit level/Nat 5 or the NC in Professional cookery/Hospitality at SCQF level 5. Mature students will be considered on merit. All candidates will attend an interview.
Course will include:
- hospitality costing
- food production and presentation skills
- food hygiene for the hospitality industry
- meat and poultry 2
- fish and shellfish
- organisation of practical skills 4
- food product knowledge
- restaurant food production and menu planning
- creative cookery 2
- menu planning
- work experience
- core skills numeracy, ICT and communication
How will I study my course?
How long will my course last?
34 weeks, 21 hours (3 days) per week with some independent study
Where can I study my course?
- Fort William
Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.
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.
If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to EMA or not. However you must apply for EMA even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.
If in any doubt or if you want detailed information, please call student services on 01397 874321.
Students may qualify for bursary funding.
What can I do on completion of my course?
You could consider studying HNC Professional Cookery with us or take your skills straight in to employment.
Is there more information available online?
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What our students, graduates and staff say
Doing Professional Cookery in college has really helped my job opportunities.
I had worked in kitchens in Spain before I came to Fort William. I decided that kitchen work would be a good starting point for employment. I wanted to improve my skills, so came to college. Studying 3 days a week, I can combine work and study. This has opened the door to industry for me. I would recommend the course.
You can always learn while working but there is no pattern to what you do in a busy kitchen so there can be big gaps in your knowledge. Also learning here in college with a group is good –as we all compare each other’s presentation and we can watch and learn from others.
Alfonso Iglesias Rodrigues
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