If you work in the hospitality and catering sector, the Advanced NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery can help you progress to a more senior chef’s role. This course represents a good progression route from the Intermediate NVQ Diploma and you will be producing a variety of complex dishes at an advanced level.
You will need a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Cookery qualification and GCSEs in English and Maths - a grade C (grade 4) or above in one and at least a D in the other.
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.
You will gain a high standard of culinary skills and will cover a variety of topics including:
The course also includes work experience, tutorials and English or maths skills.
Assessment will include a variety of methods such as assignments, tests, practical tasks and building up a portfolio of evidence.
There will be an additional cost for uniforms.
You could consider progressing to a Foundation Degree in Hospitality Management.
This course prepares you for a wide variety of more senior roles such as sous chef.
Derby College catering student Jack Bowler has extended his menu of career choices by taking a foundation degree in international hospitality management.Jack, who already holds level 2 and 3 qualifications in catering and hospitality via the college is now learning the management and front of house aspects of the hospitality industry as well as the catering side.During his level 3 course Jack also gained confidence-building experience through working at the college's Engine Shed fine dining restaurant at the Roundhouse.Jack, who was inspired to cook from a young age by his mum and gran, now plans to progress to level 5 and gain his BA Honours degree. He is currently working in the kitchens at Calke Abbey at weekends and will be taking on more shifts when he completes his foundation degree. Ultimately he hopes to find a job in his chosen field through educational work experience.
He said: "I love cooking but it's been interesting learning new things and finding out about the management aspects too. I enjoy being front of house as I've always liked interacting with customers.
"Derby College has such great facilities, including the new Fujitsu and Intel Innovation Hub which recently opened at the Roundhouse. The hub's got fantastic top of the range technology and quiet study areas."