Professional Chef Level 1/2/3

Professional Chefs Diploma Level 1: This programme is designed for those wanting a practical career where the development of professional cookery skills and knowledge can contribute towards a fulfilling career in the hospitality industry. Most of the time will be spent in our kitchens, pastry workshops and our public restaurants.

Students will undertake mostly practical work to develop skills. There will also be classroom activity, online learning, visits and assignments to supplement learning. There are coursework assessments throughout the year and two practical assessments at the end of the year.

Professional Chefs Diploma Level 2: This programme is very practical in nature and continues the development of professional cookery skills and associated knowledge learned in level 1. Whereas the Professional Chefs level 1 programme focuses on your understanding and skills development across cookery processes, level 2 refines skills across a broader range of commodities.

You will continue the development of skills through practical work. There will also be classroom activity, online learning, visits and assignments to supplement learning. There are coursework assessments throughout the year and two practical assessments at the end of the year.

Professional Chefs Advanced Diploma Level 3: This programme continues the development of professional cookery skills to an advanced level with associated knowledge. You will need to be well motivated and committed to a career in the catering industry.

Students will refine their skills through practical work in the patisserie, larder and production kitchens. Classroom activity will include dish innovation, restaurant and dish evaluation and online research. There are coursework and practical assessments throughout the year and two practical assessments at the end of the year.

In addition to your main programme, you will also engage in GEM and GAP activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

Year 1 Course Content

Professional Chefs Diploma Level 1

The course comprises of 12 units, six of which are practical and six are industry focused, including:

  • Food Safety
  • Industry Structure
  • Use of Equipment
  • Team Work

The final assessments test skills and knowledge gained across all the units.

Year 2 Course Content

Professional Chefs Diploma Level 2

The course comprises of 14 units, eight of which are practical focused on developing skills against specific commodities. Other units cover:

  • Healthy eating and special diets
  • Kitchen Operations
  • Costs and Menu Planning
  • Applying workplace skills

There are coursework mock practical assessments throughout the year and two practical assignment assessments and a theory exam at the end of the year.

Year 3 Course Content

Professional Chefs Advanced Diploma Level 3

The course comprises 11 units, 6 of which are practical and designed to develop and refine technical skills. There are also 5 units covering areas such as:

  • Sourcing Produce
  • Gastronomy
  • Supervising Food Safety

There are coursework mock practical assessments throughout the year and two practical assignment assessments and a theory exam at the end of the year.

Entry Requirements

Professional Chefs Diploma Level 1: 4 GCSE’s (grades A* -E/9-3), and an interview

Professional Chefs Diploma Level 2: Satisfactory completion of the Professional Chefs Technical Diploma Level 1

Professional Chefs Advanced Diploma Level 3: Satisfactory completion of the Professional Chefs Diploma Level 2

Career Opportunities

Level 1: Employment as a commis chef in the hotel and catering industry, with the possibility of an accelerated career path.

Level 2: Employment as a chef in the hotel and catering industry, with the possibility of an accelerated career path.

Level 3: Employment as a chef in the hotel and catering industry, with the potential to rise to an accelerated career path.

Course Progression

Level 1: After completion of the Level 1 programme, students will progress to the Professional Cookery VRQ Level 2. Subject to suitability.

Level 2: Subject to suitability and successful completion of the level 2 Diploma,students will progress to the Professional Chef Advanced Diploma Level 3.

Level 3: After completion of the Professional Chefs Intermediate Technical Diploma Level 3 Programme students can progress onto the Professional Chef Advanced Technical Diploma

Careers Advice and Guidance

The Careers Guidance team provides information, careers advice and guidance to students across all campuses. They offer confidential and impartial guidance interviews as well as a daily drop in service.They can provide help and support with a wide range of areas including:

  • Career choice
  • Progression Routes
  • Apprenticeships
  • Higher Education
  • Employability Skills

There is well a equipped Careers Centre containing information on careers and courses as well computer guidance software to help students choose and research suitable careers.

The careers guidance service has achieved the national quality award for the provision of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance known as the Quality in Careers Standard. The service is also accredited by the matrix Quality Standard for information, Advice and Guidance.

For further careers advice and guidance and support please contact careers@colchester.ac.uk.

Professional Chef Level 1/2/3
LevelLevel 1
Level 2
Level 3
LocationColchester
DurationThree years
Year 1: Level 1
Year 2: Level 2
Year 3: Level 3
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateSeptember 2019
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
Year 1 (Level 1): £887
Year 2 (Level 2): £2,121
Year 3 (Level 3): £3,345

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