Professional Cookery - Level 3 Diploma (Part-Time)

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

Subject Area Hospitality and Catering

Attendance Part-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: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 12 Months
Venue: Lifestyle Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is for Chefs working in the Industry who have achieved a NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery . This course is aimed at Chefs working at least a Demi Chef de Partie Level in a Professional Kitchen

Qualification Gained

VRQ Level 3 Advanced 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 House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


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 and be currently working as a chef.

  • 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 test 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.

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