Hospitality and Catering

Diploma in Introduction to Professional Cookery, Level 1

Course overview

Are you passionate about food? Do you dream of a career in catering but don’t know where to start? Whether you are a school leaver or looking to change profession, this course will introduce you to the world of cookery and provide you with the skills and training you need to get a head start in the industry. You will learn different cooking methods, such as boiling, poaching, steaming, stewing, baking, roasting, grilling and frying. You will also learn how to prepare cold foods, pre-prepared foods and food for special diets. In addition to practical training, you will study a variety of topics and you’ll also have the opportunity to enter major national competitions and take part in work experience placements and trips to catering establishments.

Entry requirements

You require 4 GCSEs (A*-D) or (Grade 3 and above) including English and maths. Entry will be subject to a satisfactory reference and interview.

Entry decisions will be discretionary at interview. Students will continually be assessed through probation period to ensure they are on the correct level.

Course Modules

- Health, safety & food safety
- Healthier foods and special diets
- Cooking techniques
- Re-generation of pre-prepared food
- Cold food preparation

How will I be assessed?

You will complete a written test, practical test, online multiple choice test and portfolio of your work.

What can I do next

Successful completion of this course could allow you to continue onto a Level 2 qualification in Hospitality and Catering.

Alternatively you can apply for assistant roles such as Bar Assistant, Junior Catering Assistant, Waiter, Waitress, Junior Food Assistant or Commis Chef.