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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

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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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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