Get your Professional Cookery NVQ and

Learn to become a master chef
in our professional training kitchens.


Subject area:

Hospitality, Professional Cookery, Work-Based Learning.




1 year.


City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ in Professional Cookery; RSPH Level 2 Health & Safety Certificate; RSPH Level 2 Food Safety Certificate; City & Guilds Level 2 Award in the Principles of Nutrition in Food Production.


The Professional Cookery NVQ course is a craft diploma. It builds the foundation for a career as a professional chef and allows you to develop across all areas of professional expertise.

You will learn the essential cooking skills needed by chefs, cooking and presenting a range of food items in the various cookery methods which include:

Larder skills

  • Prepare and cook stocks, soups and sauces
  • Prepare and cook fruit and vegetables
  • Prepare and cook meat and offal
  • Prepare and cook poultry
  • Prepare and cook fish and shellfish
  • Prepare and cook rice, pasta, grains and egg dishes

Pastry skills

  • Prepare hot and cold dessert and puddings
  • Produce paste products
  • Produce biscuit, cake and sponge products
  • Prepare fermented dought products dishes

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Who Can

Are you a girl 16-18 y/o that loves cooking?

When you cook do you add your own flair to a classic dish or go creative and create a new one?
Would you like to practice, feeling that university is not your road just yet?

If so this program will be perfect for you. Get your Professional Cookery NVQ Now!

Requirements needed

  • You are an EU student or you have a European passport.
  • You have GCSE English and Maths at least 4+ grade. However, each application will be considered on individual merit.
  • You have completed a two day try out at Lakefield.
  • You had a successful interview.
  • You have two references.


National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are a qualification in competency style.
This means that assessment will be by practical skills testing, observation and theory-based exams.


The total cost of the course is £1760.

You will be required to purchase chefs whites, knife set, and textbooks before the start of the course. Details will be sent out once you have been offered the place.

Financial help can be applied for through the College’s bursary fund once your application has been processed.

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    Progression route &
    Links with the industry

    After this course, you can progress your study to an NVQ Level 3 or go straight into employment. If you wish to enter the world of work, we will offer you career support, boost your CV and put you in contact with employers with whom we have built strong partnerships.

    After receiving your certificate in Professional Cookery NVQ progress to:

    Course title: For Level Mode Duration
    Level 3 NVQ in Cookery Leadership and Supervision Further Education 3 Full-time 1 year Info
    Level 3 NVQ in Advanced Professional Cookery Further Education 3 Full-time 1 year Info
    Level 3 NVQ in Patisserie and Confectionery Further Education 3 Full-time 1 year Info
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    " My study programme developed around Hospitality Services Level 2. Now I'm working as hotel room service at the ​hotel of Ritz London!"