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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

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Course Summary

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Course Content

You will gain a high standard of culinary skills and will cover a variety of topics including:

  • Prepare and cook complex fish dishes
  • Prepare and cook complex meat dishes
  • Prepare and cook complex poultry dishes
  • Prepare and cook complex vegetable dishes
  • Prepare and cook complex hot sauces and soups
  • Prepare and cook complex hot and cold desserts

The course also includes work experience, tutorials and English or maths skills.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will include a variety of methods such as assignments, tests, practical tasks and building up a portfolio of evidence.

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 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.


This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Carly Baxter

Carly Baxter

Carly’s hospitality foundation degree contains all the right ingredients

Commis chef and former Derby College student Carly Baxter plans to run her own fine dining establishment one day. And, thanks to taking a foundation degree in hospitality management at Derby College, she hopes to have all the ingredients she needs to make her restaurant venture a success. Carly, who initially took levels 2 and 3 in professional cookery with the College, progressed to the foundation degree in hospitality management so she could learn all aspects of the catering industry.Carly, who is currently employed as a commis chef at Breadsall Priory, is planning to go into business with a friend from College. To realise her aims she has been studying full-time at College while juggling work shifts, working virtually seven-day weeks at times.

She said: "It's my ambition to open my own fine dining restaurant but to do that I need to know everything that's involved, not just the cheffing side.

"I can't expect to be able to tell other people what to do if I've never done their job myself."

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