Professional Cookery Skills SCQF 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.

With this part time cookery course you will develop new skills and have the opportunity to try new and challenging techniques and recipes. You will widen your knowledge of ingredients both fresh and dry, whilst investigating the importance of healthy eating and food hygiene and the roles they play in commercial kitchens.

Each level has 5 SQA credits.

Entry requirements

You will already have a good knowledge of basic cooking or you may have experience in the industry or a cookery qualification at level 4 or 5.

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

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Vocational Pathway

How long will my course last?

17 Weeks

November - April, 1 day per week for 17 weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • Portree

Start date

Check with your local college centre our our Admissions Team for details.




Funding may be available, call your local college centre for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You could consider Professional Cookery Skills at level 6 or our full time NC Professional Cookery in Fort William. Alternatively you could take your new skills straight in to employment.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Professional Cookery Skills SCQF Level 5

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