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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course develops your practical cookery skills and your knowledge of all the important aspects of catering.  It is suitable for learners who are passionate about food, so you will be creating a wide range of dishes.

In addition to studying at Derby College, you will be carrying out your work experience at Finesse Hotels where you will pick up extra skills and industry knowledge.

Entry requirements

You will need GCSE grade C (grade 4) in Maths and English.  Applications from mature learners with relevant work experience are also welcomed.

It is essential that you show a commitment to maintaining high standards of attendance.

Course Content

You will cover topics including food safety, developing skills for employment, costing and menu planning, and preparing and cooking a wide range of dishes, with units such as:

  • Prepare and cook stocks, sauces and soups
  • Prepare and cook fruit and vegetable dishes
  • Prepare and cook meat and offal
  • Prepare and cook poultry
  • Prepare and cook fish and shellfish
  • Prepare and cook rice, pasta, grains and egg dishes
  • Prepare and cook hot and cold desserts and puddings

The course also features work experience and tutorial sessions.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment involves a variety of methods including assignments, tests and practical tasks.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There will be an additional cost for uniforms.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You can progress to the Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery or an advanced apprenticeship.


You can develop your career in a variety of chef roles within the kitchen.


This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Jordan Green

Jordan Green

Compliments to the award-winning chef

Apprentice Jordan Green scooped the Young Chef of the Year title in the Derby Food and Drink Awards – an accolade which he hopes will fast track his career ambitions.

Jordan was among a group of full-time Catering and Hospitality learners who progressed to an apprenticeship with the College’s Engine Shed restaurant and training kitchens at the Roundhouse campus.

His apprenticeship opened doors to many opportunities – including a work placement with Derby’s award-winning Restaurant Zest. He also took part in a European work experience programme in Denmark, spending five weeks at the Danish Meat Trade College in Roskilde alongside learners from Estonia, Italy and Finland.

I really want to be working in fine dining and to learn from the best in the industry. Hopefully winning this award will help me at the start of my career.
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