Professional Cookery - Level 3 (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Hospitality and Catering

School Construction, Leisure and Sport

Attendance Full-Time


This course will develop your practical skills and knowledge for a career in the catering industry.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018 at 09:00
Duration: 12 Months
Venue: Lifestyle Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is for Chefs who have achieved a NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery. This course is aimed at Chefs working on a part time basis in the industry to complement their study.

Qualification Gained

NVQ Level 3 in Professional Cookery, awarded by City and Guilds.

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

  • Maintain food safety when storing preparing and cooking food
  • Develop productive working relationships with colleagues
  • Maintain the health hygiene safety and security of the working environment
  • Prepare Fish for complex dishes
  • Prepare Meat for complex dishes
  • Prepare Poultry for complex dishes
  • Cook and finish complex fish dishes
  • Cook and finish complex meat dishes 
  • Cook and finish complex poultry dishes
  • Cook and finish complex vegetable dishes
  • Prepare, cook and finish complex hot sauces 
  • Prepare ,cook and finish fresh pasta dishes
  • Prepare, cook and finish complex pastry products
  • Prepare, cook and finish complex hot desserts 
  • Prepare cook and finish dressings and cold sauces
  • Prepare cook and finish dressings and cold sauces

Learning Methods

  • practical classes 
  • 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 Foundation Degree in Hospitality Management ( Level 4 & 5 )


Career Opportunities

Any candidate achieving this qualification should be looking for employment at Chef de Partie level

Entry Requirements

You should have at least 4 GCSE grade C or above including English or Maths and NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery .You should also possess three 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 cost of educational visits attached to the Curriculum at a cost of £200 which is payable at the start of the course .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.