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 or Portree, depending on where you live. Students will combine practical cooking days with classroom theory sessions each week.

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

Taster Session

Try out the skills you'll learn on the course with our Professional Cookery taster session in Fort William, Monday 16th May at 11am

To find out more and to book visit our Open Days page

Entry requirements

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 National 5s 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:

  • professional cookery: practical
  • professional cookery: knowledge
  • professional cookery: kitchen operations
  • food hygiene for the hospitality industry
  • hospitality costing
  • health and safety in hospitality
  • pastry
  • work placement
  • practical skills for employment
  • leading a hospitality team
  • enterprise activity
  • embedded development of core and essential skills

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.

Equipment

PPE provided (funded through bursary if eligible). For any applicants not eligible for bursary. PPE costs £75.00 (Chefs jacket, trousers, aprons, neck scarf, safety shoes, hat, hairnets). Accessing online theory study from home will require internet connection compatible with computer or mobile device.

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 probably take 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

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 on going observations, practical activities, Opened and Closed book assessments.

Where can I study my course?

    • Fort William
    • Portree

Start date

Fort William: 29th September 2022

Portree: 24th October 2022

Fees

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 funding.whc@uhi.ac.uk 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.

Funding

Students may qualify for bursary funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Progression opportunities to  

  • HNC Professional Cookery
  • HNCHospitality
  • SVQ/MA Supervisory/Management
  • SVQ Professional Cookery (Patisserie and Confectionery)

Employment:

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

 

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI West Highland. 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.