Professional Cookery HNC @ SCQF Level 7


If you are an aspiring chef and would like to develop your skills and knowledge in professional cookery and kitchen management, the HNC Professional Cookery is a great place to start.

You will experience advanced, modern cookery techniques and look at food product development. The training environment is learner-centred and focuses on current industry standards.




Full Time Attendance 2 or 3 days per week. 1 year (36 weeks).

Entry Requirements

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above; OR
  • National Qualification at SCQF level 6 in Professional Cookery; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or industry experience

Additional Entry Requirements

You?ll be invited for an information and interview session where you will get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you?re interested in this subject area.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment.

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

During your interview, you will be expected to provide positive responses to questions relating to your course choice, your future career and your previous experiences in cookery / hospitality.

Course Content

Units are delivered with a mix of practical and theoretical elements and cover the following areas:
  • Professional Cookery
  • Pastry
  • Hospitality Supervision
  • Financial Control Systems
  • Food Hygiene
  • Specialised Cookery


Practical and theory assessments throughout the year.


Progression on to HND Professional Cookery with Management (SQCF Level 8)

Career Prospects

On completion of your course in professional cookery you might want to consider employment at supervisory level such as sous chef or as a chef de partie.

Additional funding information

You should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). Please visit their website: further details.

Selling Points

The hospitality sector is a growing industry both locally and internationally, with lots of opportunities. This course will give you the skills to be a part of this exciting industry.