Professional Cookery (Kitchen and Larder or Patisserie and Confectionery)

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Qualification type: Advanced Apprenticeship
Level: Level 3
Awarding body C&G
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 year
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Apprenticeship

Course overview

If you are interested in a rewarding career within the hospitality and catering industry and would like to gain experience through learning whilst working within a catering environment (work based) then this level 2 Apprenticeship could be the right choice for you.

Entry requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade D-E including maths and English. You must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in  the catering industry.

You will be required to attend an interview at the college for all courses and Apprenticeships and we will request a school or college report.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

Mandatory units

  • Maintain a safe ,hygienic and secure working environment
  • Maintain, handle and clean knives
  • Work effectively as part of the hospitality team
  • Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food

In addition to the mandatory units listed above you will complete a number of other units covering topics such as prepare and cook meat and poultry, prepare and cook vegetable dishes, prepare and cook soups, prepare and cook basic dough and pastry dishes etc., the full list of optional units will be discussed at interview.

As well as the units associated with the industry, you are also required to achieve functional skills qualifications in maths and English. The level you study at will be decided by the college upon application. You are required to achieve the functional skills qualifications as part of your main qualification.

The catering and hospitality industry relies on high client expectations and excellent customer care which then generates repeat business so it is important that you have:

  • A genuine interest in food preparation and presentation
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • A good sense of humour/friendly nature
  • Willingness to work flexible hours/days
  • Enthusiasm and passion for the industry
Things you may need

You will need to be in employment in the catering and hospitality industry.

What next

You can develop a career in the hospitality industry as a chef de parties, patisserie chef or restaurant manager.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

Fees and funding

This course is fully funded for those aged 16-18, however there may be an employer contribution for those aged 19+. Employers needing further details on costs and available government funding options should contact the Business Development Team on 01325 503210 or email

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Enquiry Form

If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.

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