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  • Start date:   August 2023
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7
  • Course Type:   Full-time


HNC 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. 

  • 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:

    • Hot and cold kitchen preparation
    • Integrated production cookery
    • Sweets and desserts preparation
    • Professional Cookery graded unit
    • Hospitality supervision
    • Hospitality finance and control
    • Food hygiene
    • Food classification and purchasing
    • Work Experience

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

Why choose this course

Throughout the HNC Professional cookery course there will be opportunities to visit and gain work experience in the country’s top hospitality businesses. During the course you will also have the opportunity for international work experience in countries such as France, Italy, Spain & The United States of America.

Entry requirements

The course is suited to students looking to progress their professional cookery career; including current chefs, those looking to return to education, those looking to start their own business and those who are currently studying professional cookery. 

You should have one of the following:

  • Advanced Certificate: Professional Cookery with a minimum of 12 SQA credits (8 at SCQF Level 6)
  • SVQ: Professional Cookery SCQF Level 6 with a minimum of 12 SQA credits (8 at SCQF Level 6)
  • Relevant industry experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis


  • Portfolio of practical evidence

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

  • Where it leads

    The HNC Professional Cookery course is designed to lead into employment within the Hospitality sector, in jobs such as:

    • Chef
    • Chef de partie
    • Assistant chef
    • Cook
    • Junior Sous chef
    • Home Economics Teacher (further study required)
    • Assistant food and beverage manager

Interview arrangements

If you are suitable for interview, we will email or write to you with the date and time of your interview. You should plan to be in college for up to three hours. Bring evidence of any qualifications or employment references. 

Information regarding the interview will be included in the email or letter invite. 

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.