Professional Cookery - Level 1 Diploma (Full-Time)

Level 1 - 4 GCSEs or NVQ Level 1 or Equivalent

Subject Area Hospitality and Catering

School Construction, Leisure and Sport

Attendance Full-Time


This course will teach you about the fundamental cooking methods and develop your practical skills and knowledge for a career in the hospitality and catering industry .Students will learn both kitchen and front of house skills through several methods of delivery to give you the best experience possible .

View life as a hospitality student

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018 at 09:00
Duration: 9 Months
Venue: Lifestyle Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is for anyone who has a passion for cooking and an interest in working in the hospitality and catering industry either as a chef or in a  Front of House role

Foundation employability skills will be worked on throughout the year so that you are fully aware of the expectation of employers when you do begin your career and so that you progress to be a solid Level 2 student.

Qualification Gained

CGLI Level 1 Diploma in Professional Cookery.

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

Course Content

  • Investigate the hospitality and catering industry
  • Food safety in catering
  • Health and safety in catering
  • Healthier food and special diets
  • Kitchen operations, cost and menu planning
  • Applying work place skills

Prepare and cook food by:

  • Steaming, poaching & boiling
  • Stewing & braising
  • Roasting & grilling
  • Deep & shallow frying
  • Regeneration of pre prepared food
  • Cold food preparation

studying english and maths as part of your programme of study will also form an important part of your course. These are the skills we use in all aspects of your study, work and everyday life.

Learning Methods

  • practical classes in realistic work environment
  • tutorials
  • group based activities
  • private study
  • demonstrations / enrichment

Assessment Methods

Practical elements of the course are assessed by examination throughout the year . End of year exams in pastry and kitchen and larder are marked by industry chefs so students have a real idea of the skills they have developed in their first year in readiness to progress to Level 2. Theory work is assessed by assignment some of which are tied into industry focused projects to aid development and understanding and give students a true feel for the industry.

Progression Opportunities

Successful students may progress onto Level 2 Diploma in Food Professional Cookery, L2 Diploma in Hospitality , Level 2 Diploma in Patisserie . Students may wish to apply for a Level 2 Apprenticeship in any of the above disciplines.

Career Opportunities

After further training many students become Kitchen Technicians, Commis Chefs/Food service operatives.

Entry Requirements

You should have an interest in Food Preparation and Cooking; or a Certificate in Hospitality and Catering;

  • 4 GCSEs Grade D ( English or Maths essential ) supported by a reference from your school
  • Students must have full uniform, no later than 2 weeks after the start of Academic year
  • 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 (support arrangements can be put in place if required)
  • Be able to communicate and work effectively with others
  • 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

There will be several educational visits associated with this course and students are expected to contribute £125. £75 payable during induction and £75  payable by 1 November. Please note that you will be required to wear a uniform. You will have to pay for your uniform (approx £180).and for course items such as stationery, books and equipment. 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.

International learners

Newcastle College offers competitive tuition fees to learners who are resident of countries outside of the EU. For friendly advice please call our International team on +44 (0) 191 226 6323 for more information.

International Students: Additional start dates may be available for International Students, please contact
+44 191 226 6323 or email