If you are interested in becoming a professional chef and would like to work in the catering and hospitality industry, this course is for you. You will learn the principles of food preparation, including more advanced principles of cooking meat, fish, game and vegetables. You will also gain a high standard of cookery skills from processes, such as roasting and frying, as well as more modern methods such as sous-vide cookery, whilst also learning other workplace essentials like menu design.
This course sees a culmination of all the techniques and commodities you will have learned throughout your time at college, learning to create technically advanced dishes, and reach the pinnacle of your skills and techniques, ready for the culinary industry. You will have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in Patisserie and Confectionery which will broaden your knowledge and skills, and increase your employability. You will get to experience busy work environments and learn the skills and strategies that will help you to work efficiently and effectively. Team work is an important element of the course and you'll have the opportunity to put your skills to the test in our commercial kitchen and restaurant environment, and you will also be encouraged to compete and represent the College at internationally recognised competitions.
This course covers a wealth of topics and will develop your skills and techniques to prepare you for the workplace. You will learn and develop skills in the principles of food safety, supervisory skills, you'll explore gastronomy, and gain advanced skills in producing vegetable and vegetarian dishes, poultry and game dishes, meat dishes, and fish and shellfish.
After successfully completing this course, you will have the skills and knowledge needed to progress into employment as a chef, baker, confectioner or pastry chef. Or you could pursue a higher apprenticeship or a higher education course in hospitality management. The hospitality and culinary arts industry is currently thriving. From Michelin starred restaurants and high end hotels, to quaint cafes and village inns, you are sure to find something that suits your niche.
You will be allocated a Progress Coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and onto your chosen career or progression path. We also have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required and a welfare team that are on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.
Studying Culinary Skills with us means you will be part of an industry-led public-serving department that has been awarded the prestigious AA Rosette 'Highly Commended' and the People First Silver Hospitality Award for the past two years. You will get lots of opportunities to compete in internal and external competitions too. This year, our students achieved Gold and 'Best in Class' at the Welsh International Culinary Championships 2019 and were also Regional Winners at the Seafood Chef of the Year Competition 2018. Taking part and winning places in these competitions really helps you to stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs or university places after college.
There may be some additional costs associated with this course, as you will need to purchase a chef uniform, along with knives and related equipment (approximately £150). You will also be asked to contribute to the cost of day and residential trips. This can include visits to local and national restaurants, hotels and industry outlets that may require a contribution.
You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and/or maths, or you will have needed to have successfully completed a Level 2 course. If you have not already achieved a grade 4 in your either your GCSE English or maths and you wish to study at Level 3, you will be required to work towards GCSE English and maths as part of your qualification.
Irrespective of your GCSE results, most students will start at level 1 and learn basic skills before progressing through the levels.