Professional Cookery (NQ) @ SCQF Level 4

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Are you interested in building a career in hospitality as a Chef or Baker?

With the food and hospitality sector on the rise, there has never been a better time to study hospitality and bakery. This course could give you the hands-on experience and basic skills to kickstart your career.

The Professional cookery with Bakery NQ Level 4 is designed to offer those with no formal cookery or bakery qualifications an opportunity to study the subjects at an introductory level.
The course will provide you with knowledge, understanding and the skills required to progress onto further cookery / bakery courses. 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.

Course code



Stranraer Campus


1 year

2- 3 days per week

Independent study may also be required

Entry Requirements

An interest in cookery

An interest in bakery

An ability to study at SCQF level 4.

Course Content

During the course you will develop your understanding of professional cookery and bakery. You will learn to prepare, cook, and present a variety of dishes. You will develop a range of cookery and bakery techniques throughout the course.

This course covers:

Food safety: learn the ABCs of keeping the kitchen clean

Bread basics: from kneading to baking, get the tips on bread

Craft baking: master the art of cookies, pastries and more

Food preparation techniques: knife skills, cooking methods, and plating

Cake decoration: icing, layering, and making your bakes amazing

Culinary terms: know your ‘al dente’ from your ‘mise en place’

Menu planning: basics of putting together a meal that wows

Hospitality: confidence is service and front of house


Assessment will include some written assessment and practical assessment of your cookery.


Upon completion of the programme, you can progress to a range of full-time and part-time professional cookery and hospitality courses at Dumfries & Galloway College.

Career Prospects

This course will enhance your cookery ability. Further study could lead to a career in professional cookery and bakery or wider career opportunities in the hospitality industry.

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary or EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) funding for this course. Please contact a member of the funding team for details.

Selling Points

High demand in the food industry

Learn the basics of both baking and cooking

Step up to higher-level courses

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