Professional Cookery - Level 2 (Full-Time)

Level 2 – GCSE or BTEC or NVQ Level 2 Equivalent

Subject Area Hospitality and Catering

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.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2020. 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

Upon completion of this course you will receive a Level 2 VRQ Diploma in Professional Cookery

"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 House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


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 English language score of 5 is required.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

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 on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.

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.