Food Preparation and Cooking SVQ1

What is special about this course?

Learn the basic skills and knowledge of food preparation and cooking necessary for sous chefs or other entry-level positions in hospitality organisations. Achieve a recognised professional qualification for working in the catering industry.

Students will spend 2 days per week in the college, developing practical kitchen skills and underpinning knowledge, and creating a portfolio of evidence towards the qualification.

This is a full-time course, which means that all fees are funded and students may be eligible for a bursary.

Entry requirements

You are not required to have any prior experience or qualifications to join this course.

Students will complete all mandatory units plus at least 4 of the optional units from the SQA course framework:


Mandatory Units

  • Maintain a safe, hygienic and secure working environment
  • Work effectively as part of a hospitality team
  • Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food


Optional Units

  • Prepare vegetables
  • Prepare and finish simple salad and fruit dishes
  • Prepare hot and cold sandwiches
  • Cook vegetables
  • Prepare and cook fish
  • Prepare and cook meat and poultry
  • Prepare and cook pasta
  • Prepare and cook rice
  • Prepare and cook eggs
  • Prepare and cook pulses
  • Prepare and cook vegetable protein
  • Prepare and cook grain
  • Cook and finish simple bread and dough products
  • Package food for delivery


How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Students will spend 2 days per week in the college, developing practical kitchen skills and underpinning knowledge, and creating a portfolio of evidence towards the qualification. 

In order to allow sufficient opportunities to practice and develop their skills, students will be expected to spend an additional 2 days per week working in a professional kitchen environment. This may be via a student's existing employment, otherwise a suitable work placement will be identified by the college. In either case, the 2 work placement days must be unpaid by the employer.

Contact the centre for information on how this course will be assessed.

How long will my course last?

1 year (2days in college 2 days in work per week)

Where can I study my course?

Start date

Please contact your local centre for more information on start date.


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

Professional Cookery SVQ Level 2.

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