Professional Cookery - Level 2 NVQ (Full-Time)

Level 2 - 5 GCSEs(A*-C) or BTEC 1st Diploma or NVQ level 2 or Equivalent

Subject Area Hospitality and Catering

School Construction, Leisure and Sport

Attendance Full-Time


This course is designed to enable students to build on practical knowledge and skills to work in a competent manner within a professional catering environment, learning to prepare and cook a wide range of starters, main courses and desserts.

The course will develop practical skills and knowledge to further your career in the catering industry.

View life as a hospitality student

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 42 Weeks
Venue: Lifestyle Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is for students who have achieved a NVQ Level 1 Introduction to Professional Cookery or who have two years experience in a kitchen environment in the Hospitality Industry and want to gain formal qualifications.

Qualification Gained

NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery


NVQ Diploma in Food and Beverage Service awarded by City and Guilds.

"I really enjoyed working in a team and learning about food safety. The tutors have all worked in the industry as well which really helps".

Letitia Reed
NVQ 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector

Junior Level Role


Middle Level Role

Senior Chef-£15,000

Senior Level Role

Professional Chef-£25,000

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

  • Maintaining a safe working environment
  • Maintaining and handling knives
  • Working effectively as part of a Hospitality team
  • Maintaining food safety during preparation and storage
  • Preparing Fish for basic dishes
  • Preparing Meat for basic dishes
  • Preparing Poultry for basic dishes
  • Cook and finish basic Fish dishes
  • Cook and finish basic Meat dishes
  • Cook and finish basic Poultry dishes
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic hot sauces
  • Prepare ,cook and finish basic soups
  • Make basic stocks
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic pastry products
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic cold and hot desserts  

Learning Methods

  • practical classes
  • tutorials
  • group based activities
  • private study
  • demonstrations

Assessment Methods

The Qualification is assessed in a number of ways. Theory work is assessed by formal assignments which will involve homework set on a weekly basis to develop your portfolio Practical Assessment is carried out over the whole year encompassing a variety of disciplines which are assessed a Unit at a time.

Progression Opportunities

Successful students may progress onto an VRQ Level 3 Food Diploma in Professional Cookery Or NVQ Level 3 Professional Cookery

Career Opportunities

Commis Chefs or food operatives in a range of hospitality outlets

Entry Requirements

You should have at least 4 GCSE grade c or above including English or Maths or a NVQ Level 1 Introduction to Professional Cookery and two years industrial experience supported by a reference from your employer
Due to food safety and awarding body requirements during practical sessions all students must remove all visible jewellery, including facial piercing and keep nails short and polish free
Wear professional dress for practical sessions
Have full dexterity and have a good standard of personal hygiene
To be able to stand for long periods of time
Be able to communicate and work effectively with others
Reasonable IT skills
If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 5 is required.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

You will have to pay for your uniform (approx £190).You will normally have to pay for course items such as stationery, books and equipment. There is also money to pay for Educational visits which support the Curriculum the cost for this is £150 - £75 payable in September and the other £75 by 1st November We may be able to help you with these and also with related costs of coming to college such as travel and childcare. For further information, please see our leaflet entitled ‘Free study and help with study costs’ which is available from Student Services (contact details below).

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.

Learners aged 19 or over

Please note many courses will be available free of charge or at a discount depending on your age and circumstances. For friendly advice and to check your eligibility for free or discounted study please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000. Please note some courses are not eligible for any discounts. Please download a prospectus from the adults section of this website for details of the latest course fees.