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Level 2 Technical Certificate in Professional Cookery

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Course Description

Our Level 2 Cookery course will build upon your cookery and service skills, demonstrating competence in preparation, cooking and finishing processes, professional food & beverage service (including gueridon work) and service theatre. Our Diploma in Professional Cookery is for anyone who works or wants to work as a chef in the catering and hospitality sector. This course is also great for those who want to follow a food service pathway and become a front of house operative.

On this course, you will be taught by staff who have extensive industry experience gained from working in some of the country’s top restaurants and hotels.

Culinary and service skills will be developed in our industry standard professional kitchens, which are the largest in the North West, and the college bistros. Theory classes will underpin your skill development in preparation for employment in Hospitality and Catering.

This course is taught at our Rochdale campus, located in the Rochdale Town Centre of Greater Manchester.


City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade D/3 or above to include English and Mathematics.

If you have not attained GCSE grades 4-9 in English and Maths, you will automatically be enrolled in classes to work towards these qualifications at an appropriate level to suit your ability.


This Level 2 course allows you to understand the various aspects to the Hospitality and Catering industry and gain valuable practical and teamwork skills and work towards the technical Level 3 qualification.

Topics on this course include:

  • Preparation cooking and finishing of fish dishes
  • Preparation cooking and finishing soups, stock & sauces
  • Preparation cooking and finishing of meat dishes
  • Preparation cooking and finishing of poultry dishes
  • Preparation cooking and finishing of vegetable dishes
  • Principles of preparing cooking and finishing basic pastry products
  • Maintain a safe hygienic environment
  • Customer care
  • Health & Safety and teamwork
  • Taking payments
  • Prepare and clear tables for service
  • Serving food at the table
  • Provide a silver service
  • Provide a buffet carvery service
  • Prepare and clear the bar
  • Serve alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Prepare and serve cocktails
  • Prepare and serve wine
  • Prepare and serve hot specialist drinks

Work Experience

There are no specific work experience placements, however, the cooking takes place in our fully equipped training kitchens, which are the largest in the North West.


Upon completion of this course, you have the opportunity to do the Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery, Patisserie and Confectionery or Professional Food and Beverage Service Supervision or an Advanced Apprenticeship.

Possible careers include: Bartender, Caterer, Chef, Cleaner, Concierge, Housekeeper, Kitchen Assistant/Porter, Receptionist, Sommelier, Food Service Assistant, and Waiter/Waitress.

With the Advanced Technical Diploma, you can become a Commis Chef, Demi Chef de Partie or Pastry Chef.

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