Professional Cookery Skills NQ Level 5

What is special about this course?

This course could be for you if you have a real interest in cooking and want to spend some of your leisure time learning more, if you are considering cooking as a career or if you already work in a professional kitchen and want to gain a formal qualification and expand your skills.

Entry requirements

Professional Cookery qualification at either 4 or 5. Previous relevant industry experience and a keen interest in cooking and developing skills.

  • food hygiene and working safely
  • fish and shellfish
  • pastry and desserts
  • meal production and design


All provided.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

1 day practical each week with a small amount of written work to complete.

How long will my course last?

17 Weeks

1 day practical each week for 17 weeks with a small amount of written work to complete.

How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed through on going observations, practical activities and Open Book assessments.

Where can I study my course?

    • Portree

Start date

Late August/Early September




A Fee Waiver or funding of up to £200 with an Individual Training Account (ITA) could be available to help with payment of course fees, depending on your personal circumstances.

This support will be available for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. To be eligible, you must have income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits.

You will also not be undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

Travel expenses are available if you live 2 miles or more away from the centres providing this course.

For more information about eligibility, call us on 01397 874000.


What can I do on completion of my course?

You could consider progressing to:

Or gain employment in 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 want to start in 2022/23

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.