Professional Cookery NC

What is special about this course?

This a course that will give the student a broad grounding as a chef both with practical skills and underpinning knowledge.

The Course is suitable for young students leaving school who are interested in cookery as a career, it is also suitable for people who may wish to move into the hospitality industry as change of career
it would also suit someone who wishes to validate their experience as a chef or wished to further their career

This course will be taught by blended learning with theory classes conducted either face to face or by video conference, depending on your location. The practical parts of the course will be taught in our professional kitchen in Oban, with a mix of demonstrations, hands on experience and cooking for the college canteen and functions

There will be four separate practical blocks during the year, and you will have to travel to Oban to participate in these. The dates of these blocks will be confirmed at induction.

Entry requirements

Entry is aimed at enthusiastic students though it would be beneficial to have relevant national qualifications at SCQF level 4 . We would also consider those working in the industry who would like to validate their experience.

The course will have both practical and theory elements and will include topics such as:
Practical cookery – preparing hot and cold dishes
Stocks, sauces and Soups, - the basics of the kitchen
Pastry, Including breads, baking and desserts.
Health and safety and food hygiene – the essentials.
Customer care – The importance that a kitchen plays in looking after customers
Employability skills – how to get that important job
Core Skills – A selection of important skills that you will need in the future.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

This course will be taught by blended learning with theory classed conductes either face to face or by video conference, depending on your location. The practical parts of the course will be taught in our professional kitchen in Oban, with a mix of demonstrations, hands on experience and cooking for the college canteen and functions

There will be four separate practical blocks during the year, and you will have to travel to Oban to participate in these. The dates of these blocks will be confirmed at induction.


How long will my course last?


1 Academic Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Arran Learning Centre
    • Campbeltown Hazelburn Learning Centre
    • Dunoon Learning Centre
    • Helensburgh Learning Centre
    • Islay Learning Centre
    • Lochgilphead Learning Centre
    • Oban Learning Centre
    • Rothesay Learning Centre

Start date

This course will start in September each year.

Fees

For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

Funding

Students living in outside areas may have to travel and stay in Oban for practical blocks. There will be 4 seperate weeks of practical activities throughout the year. Students who are in receipt of EMA or Bursary may receive financial assistance towards travel and accommodation costs associated with practical blocks.

Additional Costs

Bursary payments will cover costs for PPE

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of the course you can progress to NC Cookery level 6 or Hospitality Level 6

Completion of this course will give you the opportunity to work in the hospitality industry as a comis chef or trainee chef.

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I want to start in 2020/21

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