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  • Start date:   August 2023
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 4
  • Course Type:   Full-time


This course is for those wanting to take their first steps into a career in the hospitality industry and to gain professional cookery experience and qualifications. It suits school leavers or those looking for a change in career. 

Read about Laura Robertson's West Lothian College experience here


  • What the course includes

    The course covers:

    • Introduction to the catering and hospitality industry
    • Introduction to food preparation techniques and cookery processes
    • Preparing and cooking a variety of foods
    • Study of healthy eating and nutritional composition of foods
    • IT, numeracy, problem solving and communication

    You will have the chance to work in our award-winning Terrace Restaurant. Some evening work is required

Why choose this course

You will get the chance to gain work experience; and volunteering opportunities. We have strong links with the industry, and offer varied and relevant placements.

Entry requirements

  • At least two National 4 awards or equivalent

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: Intermediate professional cookery 

    Employment: Opportunities to work in the UK and abroad at different levels within the industry. Former students have found employment with the Sheraton Hotel, Dakota Hotel and All Bar One to name but a few.

Interview arrangements

If we invite you for interview, plan to be in college for up to three hours. The interview involves:

  • Course information
  • Theory task testing your knowledge of food
  • Individual interview and practical assessment 

Fees, Finance & Funding

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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.