Catering & Hospitality | City & Guilds Diploma in Professional Cookery | Level 2

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Course Code: FE0600-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: West Durrington Campus Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma Professional Cookery (Preparation and Cooking) Level 2 Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Why this course?

Catering student serving food at Arundel restaurant

Our popular fine dining restaurant, coffee shop and professional kitchens provide an ideal environment to learn the skills needed for a career in catering and hospitality, working as a cook or chef, or in food service. 

At level 2 you have the opportunity to split the course over two years, studying food and beverage service in the first year and professional cookery in the second. At level 3, you will specialise in cookery or food service, learning advanced skills for a career in this exciting industry. 

  • Professional industry-standard kitchens
  • Tutors with industry experience 
  • Visits to hotels and restaurants 
  • Serving experience at themed evenings, community and charity events

Start dates

September 2023 Apply

Entry requirements

Start at Level 2 if you have at least 3 GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English and maths.

Entry requirements

Course content

Topics include: 

  • Restaurant kitchen skills
  • Knife handling
  • Preparing, cooking and finishing dishes

You also have the option to split the course over two years; food and beverage in the first year and professional cookery in the second.


Why this course?

  • Popular public restaurant
  • Industry-standard refurbished kitchens
  • Opportunities to work with celebrity chefs
  • Visits to hotels and restaurants
  • Themed evenings, community and charity events

What's next?

On successful completion of the Level 2 course you can progress onto our Level 3 course, start an apprenticeship or seek employment. 

Future careers include: 

  • Chef de partie
  • Sous chef
  • Head chef
  • Caterer
  • Restaurant manager
  • Bartender
  • Front-of-house
What's next?

Course costs

If you are unemployed, in receipt of certain benefits or on a low wage, you may be eligible for a free course. 
To be eligible for a free course, you must meet the following criteria:
  • You will be aged 19+ when the course begins
  • AND you are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • OR you are receiving a means tested benefit, earning less than £617 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £988 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
  • OR if you are working and earn less than £20,319 annual gross salary
You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol.

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

Additional costs
You may need to purchase a uniform and professional equipment, some financial help may be available.

Please speak to our Admissions team if you have any further queries: | 01273 667704

Course costs

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

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