Professional Cookery NPA

What is special about this course?

This practical cookery course provides a small flexible qualification that focusses on practical aspects of working in a professional kitchen environment, giving students a progression onto the National Certificate in Professional Cookery.

This course may interest:

  • young people who have recently left school with practical experience
  • mature adult returners who would like to upskill, return to learning and/or perhaps undertake training for employment in a professional kitchen 
  • those in employment in the hospitality industry looking to upskill (as a basis for building on good practice or as continuous professional development, CPD)

This part time course will provide students with the opportunity to visit local hotels, restaurants, and kitchens to broaden insight to potential jobs.

Entry requirements

While entry is at the discretion of the centre, candidates will normally be expected to have attained one of the following, or have relevant work experience: 

  • National Certificate in Professional Cookery SCQF level 5 
  • National Certificate in Hospitality SCQF Level 5
  • Intermediate 2 Hospitality Professional Cookery 
  • Intermediate 2 Hospitality Practical Cookery 
  • Intermediate 2 National Certificate in   Hospitality 
  • SVQ 2 Professional Cookery 
  • SVQ 2 Professional Cookery: Food Preparation and Cooking 

Learners will complete 4 SQA credits (24 SCQF points) 

  • Practical Professional Cookery
  • Pastry skills
  • Food Hygiene


Equipment & uniform provided.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Flexible
  • Day release
  • Block release
  • Leisure

Practical cooking: Units will be delivered by a combination of face-to-face kitchen teaching and practical demonstration.
Theory: Classroom delivery includes investigating topics, online and video while building understanding and evidence for your portfolio.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Classes will be a mix of practical sessions in the training kitchen along with theory/online sessions (restrictions to practical sessions will apply in guidance with Scottish Government Guidelines).Classes will be a mix of practical sessions in the training kitchen along with theory/online sessions (restrictions to practical sessions will apply in guidance with Scottish Government Guidelines).

Where can I study my course?

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    Additional costs

    All equipment and uniforms will be provided.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    You would have the skills required to progress to a modern apprenticeship or to employment in a professional kitchen.

    Is there more information available online?

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