Introduction to Professional Cookery (City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma)

Introduction to Professional Cookery (City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma)

Subject Area: Catering & Hospitality


Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2019
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course Code: 141192
  • Entry Requirements

    2 GCSEs at grade 1 including English and/or maths or demonstrate the ability to work towards Level 1 in English and maths in an assessment.

    Course Overview

    The study programe will be over 4 days a week and you will have kitchen sessions where you will learn the essential skills required to make you a good chef. You will be required to also attend one or two evenings a week to work in Shelley’s kitchen as part of your course
    All students who have not achieved a grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English or maths will need to study these subjects alongside their chosen qualification.

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    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 Rendlesham Forest and working at the Suffolk Show.

    Next Steps

    Most Level 1 students choose to move onto study Level 2 qualifications in Professional cookery, Patisserie or Food and Beverage Service. However, this will depend on English and math’s results and work experience hours attained. Students will have worked on functions and events and will have taken part in competitions and visits which will assist them in gaining confidence in a range of interpersonal and practical skills so necessary for today’s work place.

    Tuition Costs

    No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2019.

    For all students aged 19+ please visit our website

    Details regarding fee remission and Advanced Learning Loans can also be found at the above website.

    Additional Costs

    Approximately £164 for uniform/kit and £50 for trips/materials


    Saskia was sure she wanted to be a chef as a career choice, so she decided the right choice was to study the Level 1 Diploma as this course would teach all the basics and the necessary skills needed to be a chef. Saskia enjoyed taking part in the practical lessons and although she struggled with some of the theory, she completed all her assignments well, making use of the extra support available in the learning curve when needed. Course highlights included cooking for Shelley’s restaurant’s Friday buffet and creating delicious desserts – Saskia describes it as “an awesome experience”! Other course highlights include discovering new ingredients and foods on trips such as foraging in Rendlesham Forest and then cooking on an open fire. Saskia helped out on many of the taster days showing new students around the college and sharing her firsthand experience “It’s a great experience and it has prepared me to get a part-time chef and front of house job and now I am going to move on to study Level 2 Food and Beverage Service.”