Chef Cookery Courses Level 2 and Level 3 (Professional Cookery)

University College Birmingham
In Birmingham

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Important information

Typology NVQ
Location Birmingham
Duration 2 Years
Start Different dates available
  • NVQ
  • Birmingham
  • Duration:
    2 Years
  • Start:
    Different dates available

There is a strong demand for well-trained chefs and excellent promotion prospects for hard-working professionals with commitment and flair. Our Chef Cookery Courses will equip you with the practical skills and knowledge to work across a variety of sectors in the catering and food service industries, from event catering to fine dining restaurants.
Level 2 will teach you about key food preparation and cookery skills including a broad range of cookery processes, dishes, sauces and baking.
Level 3 will help you develop and refine your essential skills, building on your culinary foundations to take your cookery to a higher level with more complex techniques and dishes. On completion, you will be able to apply for degree-level courses.
UCB also runs the prestigious chef apprenticeship with the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. On-the-job training takes place at some of the finest restaurants in the Birmingham area. Please see the Apprenticeships tab for more information.
Why should I choose this course?
University College Birmingham has an international reputation for the quality of its professional cookery courses
We have revised the content of this popular course to allow you to reach Level 3 in two years rather three
The new-look course allows you to get a job or progress to a university degree much earlier, saving you a valuable year at an important stage of your career
The course has been developed to provide a more hands-on approach with more time developing your kitchen skills
Although the majority of students will take the Level 2/Level 3 diploma, you can still take the Level 1 diploma if you think you might need additional support to get you on your way.*
Why maths and English are so important to your career
Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted. Alongside your full-time course, students will continue to develop their English and...


Where and when

Starts Location
Different dates available
Summer Row, B3 1JB, West Midlands, England
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Starts Different dates available
Summer Row, B3 1JB, West Midlands, England
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Frequent Asked Questions

· Requirements

Entry requirements Please note the entry requirements below reflect the new GCSE grading structure for 2017 entry. Normally, you will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) or above. For Level 3, you will need a relevant Level 2 qualification and ideally English and maths at grade 4 (grade C) or above, or alternatively at least 2 years’ relevant work experience. School applicants will need to have a good school report and references. If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and/or maths, you will be required to take an assessment so we can ensure you...

What you'll learn on the course

Professional Cookery
Full Time

Course programme

What will I study?
Level 2
Maintain a Safe, Hygienic and Secure Working Environment
Work Effectively as Part of a Team
Maintain Food Safety when Storing, Preparing and Cooking Food
Maintain, Handle and Clean Knives
Prepare, Cook and Finish: Basic Fish Dishes; Shellfish Dishes; Meat dishes; Poultry Dishes; Dishes; and Vegetable Dishes
Prepare, Cook and Finish: Basic Hot Sauces; Soups; Bread and Dough Products; Cold and Hot Desserts
Level 3
Gastronomy and Food Culture
Sourcing Produce and Food Product Development
Additionally, Advanced Skills and Techniques in Producing:
Vegetarian Dishes
Meat Dishes
Poultry and Game
Fish and Shellfish
Patisserie and Fermented Products
Desserts, Petits Fours and Decorative Products
* Level 1 Professional Cookery Diploma: We still have the option to provide the Level 1 diploma where this is considered to be a more appropriate course for students with additional support requirements.
Your study programme
In addition to your full-time course every student has an individual study programme which ensures that you develop the right skills and experience to progress onto either higher education or gain employment. What’s included in your individual study programme will vary depending on what you have already achieved and your career aspirations.
For example; if you haven’t yet achieved grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level. Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted.
Work placement
Work placement will form an essential part of your individual study programme and all students will be expected to complete an appropriate work placement related to their full-time course.
To find out more about the work placement opportunities for this course, click on the ‘Work Placement’ tab above.

Additional information

Teaching and assessment There are regular practical tests to make sure you are on course. Theory is mainly assessed through assignments and short answer questions and recorded in your electronic portfolio. Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

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