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  • Start date:   August 2023
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 4
  • Course Type:   Schools Course


The NPA Professional Cookery course is delivered within the professional kitchens at West Lothian College as part of the school’s travel column. Students will work with lecturers with outstanding industry experience, learning not just the basics but also gaining an understanding of modern cookery techniques.

Days of the week: Tuesday/Thursday 1pm – 4pm.

These courses are for schools students in S4-S6

  • What the course includes

    The course introduces students to techniques that are important in professional cookery. It develops practical, technical and transferable skills in food preparation and cooking, and provides bite-sized chunks of learning that are straightforward for learners to study covering:

    • Food Preparation Techniques
    • Cookery Processes
    • Hospitality: Organisation of Practical Skills
    • Food Hygiene for the Hospitality Industry

Why choose this course?

The Professional Cookery department is vibrant and engaging. Students get the opportunity to take part in hospitality events and to apply their learning in the award-winning training restaurant ‘The Terrace Restaurant’.

Entry Requirements

The NPA is aimed at candidates who may be interested in pursuing a career in the catering industry but who have limited prior experience of cookery.

  • Where it leads

    Education: The NPA in Professional Cookery is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to progress onto full-time college programmes such as the National Certificate (NC) in Professional Cookery at SCCF level 5.

    Employment: The NPA in Professional Cookery enables successful candidates to seek employment in the hospitality and catering industry, eg as commis chef/chef apprentice.

Interview Arrangements

The interview will involve: a visit to the Professional Cookery department to meet the lecturer and participate in a basic practical cookery exercise

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