Professional Cookery (Prep & Cooking) SVQ3

What is special about this course?

Learn the more advanced skills and knowledge required for a career in a professionsl kitchen. Achieve a recognised professional qualification for working in the catering industry equipping you to work as a chef.

Students will spend 2 days per week in the college, developing practical kitchen skills and underpinning knowledge and also additional 2 days per week working in a professional kitchen environment.

Entry requirements

You should have achieved SVQ Level 2 in Professional Cookery. Alternatively if you are a chef with considerable proven experience you may be considered for this course.

All students will complete the following 12 mandatory units from the SQA course framework:

Mandatory units

  • Develop productive working relationships with colleagues
  • Maintain the health, hygiene, safety and security of the working environment
  • Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food
  • Prepare fish for complex dishes
  • Prepare meat for complex dishes
  • Prepare poultry for complex dishes
  • Cook and finish complex fish dishes
  • Cook and finish complex meat dishes
  • Cook and finish complex poultry dishes
  • Cook and finish complex vegetable dishes
  • Prepare, cook and finish complex hot sauces
  • Prepare, cook and finish dressings and cold sauces

Students will also complete 4 optional units to be agreed with the course team.


How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

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 more information on how you will be assessed on this course.

How long will my course last?

1 year ( 2 days in college 2 days at 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?

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Is there more information available online?

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