Pre-Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery Level 2
Type: Full-time
Entry Requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade 3/D or above including either Maths or English, or a Level 1 equivalent in this area and GCSE Maths or English at grades 3/D or above.
Start Date: Sept 2018
Length: 1 year
Course Overview


This course is part of the NCC Ambitions Programme – a unique programme for Level 2 students, which will support you in developing key personal skills such as communication, confidence, resilience, employability and presentation skills.


The Professional Cookery course is aimed at students looking at a career as a professional chef or within the catering sector. Working alongside the Seafood Pub Company in our professional kitchens, you will gain experience preparing various dishes for a restaurant service.


As your skills develop, you will study preparation and cooking methods with access to specialist industry equipment, which will allow you to prepare more complex dishes. You will also develop supervisory skills and take part in a work experience placement at a local establishment.

What will I learn?

Units will include:

  • Maintaining a safe, hygienic and secure working environment
  • Maintaining and cleaning knives
  • Working as part of a team
  • Preparing, cooking and finishing meat, poultry, vegetables and fish dishes
  • Maintaining food safety when storing and cooking food
  • Preparing, cooking and finishing dough and bread products
  • Preparing, cooking and finishing hot and cold sauces


How will the course be assessed?

All your work is stored, tracked and managed through Smart Assessor. You will be assessed through practical observation to prove competency, and you will also complete some tests to examine your underpinning knowledge.


At NCC we’re committed to ensuring that your studies are career focused and are linked to your future goals. Develop a new skill, learn how to be a leader, volunteer for a good cause and keep fit through sport. Enhance your learning and make the most of the array of activities on offer to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university, an Apprenticeship or a job.

Materials and other information

There will be opportunities to take part in a variety of trips and visits which will incur a nominal fee. Uniform will need to be purchased within the first two weeks of enrolment. You will also work in the industry on a weekly basis.

Progression and Careers

Upon completion of your programme, we will support you in finding an Apprenticeship in the sector.

Ready to apply?

Apply online or download an application form to become part of Nelson and Colne College.

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