West Thames College London

Professional Cookery - Level 2 Diploma (evening)

This part-time evening course for adults is based in our professional kitchens at the West Thames College Skills + Logistics Centre, Feltham. You will increase your professional skills and gain the techniques needed to work in the modern hospitality and catering industry. You will also gain qualifications in food hygiene and health and safety.

The course runs from Monday to Wednesday evenings from 6-9pm for 1 year.

Key course features

Qualification:

  • NVQ Level 2 Diploma
  • RSH Essential Food Hygiene
  • CIEH Basic Health and Safety

Level: Level 2/3

Mode: Part-time

Start Date: 18 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Adults aged 19+ want to go into a career in professional cookery.

About the course

This course is based in our professional kitchens at the Feltham Skills Centre. You will increase your professional skills and gain the techniques needed to work in the modern hospitality and catering industry.

You will study:

  • Maintain a safe, hygienic and secure working
  • Contribute to effective teamwork
  • Maintain food safely when storing, preparing and cooking food
  • Maintain, handle and clean knives
  • Prepare fish, meat, poultry, game, offal and vegetables for basic dishes
  • Process dried ingredients prior to cooking
  • Prepare and mix spice and herb blends
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic dishes including shellfish, meat, poultry, game, offal and vegetable
  • Make basic stock
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic soups, hot sauces, rice dishes, grain dishes, pasta dishes, vegetable protein dishes and egg dishes
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic cakes, sponges, biscuits, scones, bread and dough products, pastry products, hot and cold desserts
  • Produce healthier dishes
  • Prepare and present food for cold presentation
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic dim sum and noodle dishes
  • Prepare and cook food using a tandoor
  • Cook-chill food
  • Cook-freeze food
  • Complete kitchen documentation
  • Set up and close kitchen
  • Order stock
  • Liaise with care team to ensure that individual nutritional needs are met
  • Prepare meals to meet the requirements set for school meals

You will also gain qualifications in food hygiene and health and safety.

  • RSH Essential Food Hygiene covers pathogenic micro-organisms, food poisoning, personal hygiene, temperature control, kitchen design, kitchen pests and food legislation.
  • CIEH Basic Health and Safety provides you with health and safety understanding.

Additional opportunities

Work experience opportunities may be available.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via practical assessments and written assignments.

Where next?

Progress to the NVQ Level 3 Professional Cookery, employment in the catering industry and/or an advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements
You need to have already achieved the NVQ Level 1 Diploma or equivalent. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.
Fees

The course may be free if you are:

  • aged 19+ and in receipt of an active benefit (eg JSA or ESA)
  • aged 19+, unemployed and in receipt of a means-tested benefit (eg income support), and you are doing this course to improve your employment prospects
  • aged 19-23 and don't already have a Level 2 qualification.

Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.

How to apply?
Please click the "apply now" button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.

Soundbite

  1. Christopher Fallon

    Professional Cookery VRQ Level 2 Diploma

    Christopher Fallon

    “The equipment is industry standard – there’s a pastry room as well as the kitchens and the teachers show you lots of different techniques using the equipment. I entered the Wessex Salon Culinaire competition in April and I won a silver medal for my chicken dish.”

  2. Racheal Ruzizi

    Level 3 Professional Cookery

    Racheal Ruzizi

    "I've had good feedback from the teachers which has really helped me. I've started working at Heathrow Terminal 4 where I am able to use the skills I've learnt on the course to serve customers in the restaurant."

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