Hospitality and Cookery


In the highly competitive field of professional cookery and hospitality, we'll equip you with everything you need to work in luxury hospitality and a professional kitchen. With flexible and part-time courses you can either kickstart a new career or enhance your kitchen skills as an aspiring chef including the chance to study with our work-based learning programme.

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Professional Cookery with Hospitality NC Level 5

Any good chef will tell you, it's important to understand the whole customer experience which includes front of house/reception, layout and the visual impact of the dining area to the final serving. This intermediate course will allow you to gain experience and further develop your skills by focusing on food preparation and cooking, food service and customer services.

  • Where? Fort William & Portree
  • Full-time or part-time? Full-time
  • When? 18 hours per week (around 3 days)
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Professional Cookery NC Level 6

Challenge your ability and extend your range of creative approaches to the preparation and display of food. 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.

  • Where? Fort William
  • Full-time or part-time? Full-time
  • When? 18 hours per week (around 3 days)
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Professional Cookery HNC

You're an aspiring chef who wants to develop your skills and knowledge in professional cookery and kitchen management. Experience advanced, modern cookery techniques and look at food product development. The training environment is learner-centred and you'll leave with 'industry-ready' skills.

  • Where? Fort William
  • Full-time or part-time? Full-time or part-time
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Bakery NPA

Tackle new and challenging techniques covering many aspects of bakery, including decorating. This part-time course is ideal if you have a real interest in baking and want to spend some of your leisure time learning more or if you already work in a professional kitchen and want to gain a formal qualification and expand your skills.

You may be eligible for a Fee Waiver to cover the costs of this course.

  • Where? Fort William or Portree
  • Full-time or part-time? Part-time
  • When? 1 day per week
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Professional Cookery Skills NPA

Do you enjoy cooking and would like to increase your skills?  Or are you already working in the industry but want to start a career in Professional Cookery part-time?  This could be the ideal way to get started. You'll tackle new and challenging techniques and recipes to help you broaden your knowledge and understand the value of fresh and dry ingredients.

  • Where? Portree
  • Full-time or part-time? Part-time
  • When? 1 day per week

Work-based learning

If you're already working year round in a hospitality, food or drink service setting you might consider one of our Work-based Learning courses. Learn on a part-time flexible basis while you're still earning. To find out more please email   

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Food and Beverage Service SVQ2

Designed for anyone in a full time job involved in any aspects of serving food and drink, this course could help you move into a role with more responsibility while carrying out your everyday role.

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Hospitality Services SVQ2

Working full time across a range of areas in a hotel or hospitality setting, you're looking to strengthen your role with a recognised qualification. Your assessments are based on many tasks you'll already be doing as part of your everyday job.

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Professional Cookery SVQ2

Gain a qualification for tasks you're already doing as part of your job in a working kitchen and turn your daily duties into a succesful achievement for your future employability.   

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Professional Cookery SVQ3

You're already in a supervisory role in a working kitchen, now gain a recognised qualification for the jobs that you're carrying out on a day to day basis.