City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma Introduction to Professional Cookery

City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma Introduction to Professional Cookery

Subject Area: Catering & Hospitality

Course Overview

The study programme will be over 4 days a week and you will have three kitchen sessions where you will learn the essential skills required to make you a good chef.

Time will be spent furthering your skills in English and maths ability in specially designed lessons which are interlinked to specific catering knowhow such as weights and measures and reading and understanding recipes. Each time you cook you will record your work on a diary sheet which will make up your portfolio along with photographs of the dishes you have made. This experience will assist you in gaining the skills necessary to achieve the five timed and two final cookery assessments at the end of the year. You will also study for five other subjects and for each of the eleven units you can gain a pass, merit or distinction grade. The level 1 course will prepare you well for the next step Level 2 in Professional Chefs.

All students who have not achieved a grade 4 or grade C, or above in GCSE English or maths or both will need to study an English or/and maths qualification alongside their chosen main qualification. 

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  • Start Date: Sep, 2018
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course Code: HHG11F0

Entry Requirements

3 GCSEs at grade 2 (grade E) including English Language/ Entry Level functional skills English pass a skill based test where appropriate, meeting and suitable reference.

Course Highlights

Prepare, cook and present dishes for Shelley’s lunchtime buffet service.

Bake fresh bread and cakes and be a part of our Granary Business.

Take part in fun competitions to produce your dishes, and make your style. Attend enrichment activities such as trips to Jimmy’s Farm and Suffolk Show.

Next Steps

Most level 1 students choose to move onto study level 2 qualifications. However, this will depend on English and maths results.They will have already studied 3 of the subjects at level 1 so can focus more on the other units which make up this qualification. Work experience on functions and gaining confidence in a range of skills such as knife techniques will provide the skills to develop your own recipes and ideas as a junior chef.

Tuition Costs

No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2018.

For all students aged 19+ fees will be £1579.
Details regarding fee remission and Advanced Learning Loans can also be found at

Additional Costs

Approximately £165 for uniform/kit and £30 for trips/materials.

Oliver Cook

“I chose Suffolk New College because it was the best option for me – and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

“I like the surroundings, the teachers, the staff and the students. My first year has been brilliant.

“I have managed to get a job working in a kitchen at a pub, which has helped me to put into practice all the things I have learnt at College.

“My plan is to complete my Level 2 course and then focus on a career in the catering industry, perhaps eventually running my own kitchen.”