L3 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery FT – September 2024

Funding information: Free for Eligible 16-18 year olds otherwise Adult Learner Loans available, costs apply.
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

This course is aimed at those who have already developed skills in cookery, but want to take them to the next level.

You will learn how to prepare and cook complex dishes to a high standard, developing the techniques required to work in high-end restaurants.

The college has its own restaurant, Taste, where you will have the opportunity to put your skills into practice, along with other eateries including the Taste On The Go cafe. There are many other opportunities for students to hone their skills throughout the year through work experience placements and external events, which will prepare you for life in the hospitality industry.

During this course you will be asked to carry out work experience that is relevant to the subject you are studying. This is with an external company and allows you to put what you will learn in the classroom into practice. It will also help you to develop a variety of different skills. Upon completion of the course and the industry placement, it can also help you to secure an apprenticeship, employment or assist you with your application for university. We recommend that you start thinking about your placement as soon as you have applied for your course and consider potential employers you may want to undertake the placement with to help you get the most out of the experience. For further information and advice on industry placements please contact the industry placement team on wex@chesterfield.ac.uk

Amongst many trips throughout the year there will be the opportunity for an overseas residential during the course which will require an additional cost (£500-700).

Course Content

Modules on this course include: Develop Productive Working Relationships with Colleagues, Prepare Meats for Complex Dishes, Cook and Finish Complex Meat Dishes, Prepare and Cook Fresh Pasta Dishes, Maintain the Health, Hygiene, Safety and Security of the Working Environment

Entry Requirements

You will need to have successfully completed a Level 2 qualification in Professional Cookery or Hospitality Services and pass the final cook off. Alternatively you may be considered for the course if you hold at least one year's work experience in the industry.

Assessment Methods

  • portfolio
  • practical assignments
  • coursework


Following successful completion of this course, you could choose to progress into employment with an established, high-end restaurant, or continue your studies at a specialist culinary school.