Course overview

Professional Cookery Level 2 City of Bristol College

This one-year, full-time course will give you professional cookery skills.

It is recommended that you have experience in a kitchen environment or have studied in the relevant field of food technology prior to study.  

When you finish the course, you will have the knowledge, skills and experience you need to work as a professional chef. 

You will also be able to progress to an advanced level of training to extend your professional skills and career opportunities. 

Dates and applications

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Professional Cookery Level 2 College Green Centre
Course Code
02/09/2024 - 20/06/2025
1 years
Date/Day(s) Being Finalised
Hours per week
Start Time
College Green Centre
This course is still in its planning phase; course details - including fee information - are subject to change. In June, course details will be finalised and enrolment will open.
Course Code Dates Duration Days Hours per week Start Time Location Fee
LGF1315C01-1 02/09/2024 - 20/06/2025 1 years Date/Day(s) Being Finalised 13.00 09:00 College Green Centre
This course is still in its planning phase; course details - including fee information - are subject to change. In June, course details will be finalised and enrolment will open.

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course follows on from other cookery courses we offer. 

To join this course, you should have completed a year of cookery training, or already be working in the industry (with basic industry experience) and want to get a qualification to pursue a career as a chef.

What you'll learn

You will learn many of the techniques used in professional cookery, including boiling, poaching and steaming, stewing and braising, baking, roasting and grilling, deep and shallow frying, and cold food preparation.

You will also learn about the structure of professional kitchens and the principles of working as a professional chef, for example, how knives, tools and equipment are used in professional kitchens and how to work safely and hygienically.

Course entry requirements

To join this course, you will need to have completed the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Food Preparation and Service or an equivalent course.

You will also need to have 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 including English and Food Technology, plus Grade 3 GCSE Maths as a minimum. 

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will gain work specific skills and knowledge in professional cookery through practical learning in our fully equipped training kitchens and there will be some classroom learning.

You will have opportunities to use and develop your skills in real work situations, cooking for real customers in our commercial restaurant, catering for college and external events, and through a work experience placement.

You will also take part in other activities to enrich and extend your learning to help you develop important personal and employability skills. For example, understanding team work and safe working practices, problem-solving techniques and communication skills.

Future career and study opportunities

When you complete this course, you could progress to the Level 3 Professional Cookery course to further develop your skills, expertise and career prospects. If you prefer to go directly into employment, you are most likely to begin your career as a commis chef.

This is the most common starting career in professional cookery and you will be responsible for a variety of preparation and cooking tasks under the supervision of a more senior chef. Commis chef positions are generally available in a range of establishments, including restaurants, bistros, pubs, hotels and contract catering companies.

Additional costs

You will be required to purchase a kitchen and front of house uniform as well as a kitchen knife set, which costs approximately £210.

If you are on a limited income, you may be eligible to receive help with these costs from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

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