Professional Cookery NC @ SCQF Level 5


Professional cookery has never been as popular as it is today. This course is an excellent opportunity for you to study and prepare for a career as a chef with excellent career opportunities and progression routes open to those who successfully achieve the qualification. The SCQF level 5 Professional Cookery course gives youan opportunity to prepare, cook and serve a range of both sweet and savoury dishes in our industry standard training kitchen.




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

Entry Requirements

  • National Progression Award (NPA) at SCQF level 4 in Professional Cookery;OR
  • Three National 4 qualifications including English and Mathematics or Numeracy;OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience

Additional Entry Requirements


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.

Course Content

You will study:

  • Professional Cookery: Practical.
  • Professional Cookery: Knowledge.
  • Professional Cookery: Kitchen Operations.
  • Food Hygiene for the Hospitality Industry.
  • Pastry.
  • Stocks, sauces and soups.
  • Healthand Safety for the Hospitality Industry.


  • Continuous assessment.
  • Combination of practical and theoretical assignments delivered in classrooms and kitchens.


Successful students canprogress to Professional Cookery (SCQF level 6).

Career Prospects

This course prepares you for a career as a Commis Chef, Trainee Chef or Cook in the hospitality and catering 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

Professional cookery and the wider hospitality sector is a growing industry with lots of opportunities. This course will give you the skills to be a part of this exciting industry.