Professional Cookery

As the professional cookery industry continues to grow, a qualification in professional cookery is useful as many opportunities arise in this sector from new restaurants continuously popping up covering a huge range of cultures, concepts and cuisines and people engaging with new and exciting foods.

We offer a range of courses from Level 4 up to Level 7 (HNC).  These courses are designed to prepare you for employment within this industry.

Students benefit from our excellent links with local employers and related organisations, by hearing from industry speakers

Our previous students have benefited by hearing from industry professionals with a wealth of knowledge of sector and work placements. They have received sessions from HIT Scotland and from many hotel owners both boutique and commercial.

As a college, we know that not all learning takes place within a classroom or college setting. We take students to various organisations and settings, with previous students visiting the kitchens of 5 star hotels such as The Balmoral in Edinburgh. Students also get the opportunity to gain work experience at internal and external events, with highlights for previous students being preparing and serving a three course meal at the Member’s Restaurant within the Scottish Parliament, and catering a large charity banquet for The Wobbily Williams Foundation. Previous professional cookery students have also had the option to travel abroad for a work placement, with groups travelling to both Annecy and Calais in France, and the prosecco region in Italy.

Our professional cookery students also complete a placement to allow them to build the skills and experience needed to excel in their future career. Previous students have had the opportunity for work placements within a range of hotels and catering settings including Food Creations, Gleneagles and The Balmoral Hotel, some of who are now in permanent employment with their placement companies following their course.

A series of "How to" videos featuring cookery tips by our very own Chef Andy can be found here

Tyler is a professional cookery student who embraced every opportunity made available to her at West Lothian College. Find out more in this video