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  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 6
  • Course Type:   Full-time


Please note: this course is now full and only reserve places are available.


Higher Professional cookery is an advanced level course designed for chefs aspiring to progress to a higher level in professional cookery and culinary arts, who will lead a team in the future.

Producing highly technical dishes, you will develop your cookery skills working in a professional kitchen, taught by experienced industry standard chefs. You should have a passion for food and a drive to produce the highest possible standards. The course suited to candidates with either previous industry qualifications and/or experience in professional cookery. You will also work in our award-winning Terrace Restaurant, this will include you working in the evening.

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  • What the course includes

    The course includes a wide variety of units to ensure you are ready for the world of work and competent in your future career path. These include:

    • How to prepare, cook and finish dishes meeting industry standards
    • Fish and shellfish
    • Meat and poultry
    • Patisserie

    You will learn in practical and theoretical classes, You will develop essential skills for working in fast-paced restaurants and kitchens through work experience in the Terrace Restaurant either on a Tuesday or Thursday until 9pm. 

Why choose this course

Our strong industry links allow us to organise work experience opportunities which will enhance you employment prospects.

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.

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.