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  • Start date:   August 2023
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 6
  • Course Type:   Full-time


Please be aware this course is now full. Alternatively, you can explore other courses on our website or email if you wish to speak to a member of staff.

This course is for those who want to further their training within the hospitality and professional cookery industry.

Read about Dana Henderson's West Lothian College experience here

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


  • What the course includes

    The course covers:

    • How to prepare, cook and finish various complex dishes
    • Fish and shellfish
    • Meat and poultry
    • Patisserie

    You will learn in practical and theoretical classes, and in our award-winning Terrace Restaurant. Some evening work is required

Why choose this course

You will get the chance of international study exchanges and visits; work experience; and volunteering. We have strong links with the industry, and our placements are worthwhile and varied. As part of the course you will complete a work placement, increasing your opportunities for future work.

Entry requirements

  • Intermediate professional cookery

We welcome applications from mature students, particularly those who lack formal qualifications but have experience in the industry.

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

  • Where it leads

    Education: HNC professional cookery.

    Employment: 1st commis chef in a large kitchen brigade or a section leader (chef de partie) in a smaller kitchen. Previous students have found employment with the Sheraton hotel, Peebles Hydro, O Oliverio and All Bar One to name but a few.

Interview arrangements

Interview times vary depending on previous experience and qualifications. If we invite you for interview, plan to be in college for up to three hours. The interview involves:

  • Written task to assess academic level
  • Interview to discuss relevant experience

We may invite you back for a half-day day practical skills test and second interview.

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.