A practical short course aimed at anyone with little or no cooking experience.  This course will provide participants with basic cooking skills and will increase overall confidence and knowledge when cooking.

Participants will increase their basic food preparation skills, increase their basic cooking skills, gain an awareness of food safety and gain an awareness of using safe and hygiene practices.

Accredited by REHIS - The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland.

Course code



Both Campus Sites


3 days, 09:00 - 16:30


 - 4th 11th 18th May 2022 -              Stranraer Campus
 - 5th 12th 13th May 2022 -              Stranraer Campus
 - 25th May, 1st & 8th June 2022 -   Stranraer Campus
 - 29th 30th June & 1st July 2022 -  Dumfries  Campus

(Select your preferred date when you enrol)

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements.

Aimed at those who are 16 years old and older.

Course Content

The following learning outcomes should be achieved from the particiapnts:

- Demonstrate the importance of personal hygiene
- Understand the importance of food safety during food preparation, cooking & storage
- understand and be able to follow a recipe
- Demonstrate basic food preparation techniques
- understand and demonstrate basic cooking methods
- Have the ability to put the aquired knowledge of practical food skills into practice in a variety of settings.

Delegates will learn skills and knowledge to successfully prepare and present dishes, such as:

Minestrone Soup with parmesan croutons

Fish cakes  

Strawberry and cream roulade

Smoked mackerel cakes

Banana  and cream roulade

Sausage rolls, Apple turn overs, Strawberry Milli feuille.

Cream of roast red pepper soup, tomato and red lentil soup, Chowder

Risotto with Parmesan, Tagliatelle carbonara, vegetarian stir-fry

Minced Lamb satay, Lamb hot pot,pork spareribs in BBQ sauce

Steak pudding, Vienna steak with Yorkshire puddings

Chicken stir fry , Spiced chicken Palak with spinach

Red onion and sage rolls, tomato and olive bread, Irish soda bread.

Pear and apple tart, Chocolate panna cotta




Delegates will be assessed throughout this practical course


Delegates could progress on to the SCQF 5 Craft Baking course: Craft Baking (SCQF Level 5) | Dumfries & Galloway College (

Additional funding information

Fully Funded course for Scottish Residents only
Non-Scottish residents, can still undertake this course, however full course fee applies.

Course Contact Details

If you’re unable to book or pay online, please call us on 01387 734199 or email us at and we can book your space.