Professional Cookery SCQF Level 4

What is special about this course?

This course will seek to develop participant’s knowledge and understanding of personal hygiene, food safety and health and safety requirements when working in a professional kitchen. It is designed to enable learners to identify a range of foodstuffs, catering equipment, preparation techniques and cooking methods appropriate for students seeking work in a professional kitchen. The course will enable learners to prepare, cook and present basic dishes to an acceptable standard using recipe specifications and/or oral instructions.

Entry requirements

Learners would not be expected to have any formal qualifications or experience at this level although an interest in and understanding of the hospitality industry would be advantageous.

Core Units:

  • D263 10 Food Preparation Techniques: An Introduction
  • J1NJ 44 Food Hygiene for the Hospitality Industry
  • D264 10 Cookery Processes: An Introduction

Additional Unit:

  • F4ST 10 Craft Bakery

How will I study my course?

    Training kitchen-based practical course with supported online study, both directed and self-directed study.

    How long will my course last?

    9 Weeks

    Where can I study my course?

      • Lews Castle College, UHI, Stornoway

    Start date

    25 January 2021


    Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

    Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.


    Fee Waiver

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    National Certificate (NC) Professional Cookery (SCQF Level 5)

    Employment in catering sector – professional kitchens.

    Is there more information available online?

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    What our students, graduates and staff say

    “This Level 4 National Progression Award (NPA) run over 9 weeks will act as an access course for those people keen to develop a career in the catering industry. This course will be a good first step that will provide participants with the base knowledge and skills in professional cookery. It can be a platform to progression onto higher level studies and even out into trainee posts within professional kitchens within the industry.”

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