Channel your passion for food into a rewarding year of skill development and culinary creativity.This course is ideal for students who want to further develop their culinary skills and confidence. It is an excellent gateway into one of the fastest growing industries both locally and nationally. The majority of students use this course as a progression onto a Level 3 programme in Professional Cookery, Hospitality Services or into an apprenticeship.
A central element of the course is the work related experience. All learners run the service at Merlins, the on site training restaurant. Here you will gain a realisticview of the demands of working in the catering industry in a safe and supportive environment. You will be taught culinary and food service skills by experienced staff through lively demonstrations and practical skills sessions. The hands on experience in the training restaurant provides ample opportunity to put these skills into practice.
You will have plenty of support in developing your teamworking skills and customer service with a realistic working environment and your experiences on the course will help you understanding of the hospitality industry and your potential pathways within it. Successful completion of the course will enable you to progress to higher-level courses such as the Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery programme, an apprenticeship or industry related employment.
On a Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery course you will study a variety of units. The core units focus on effective team work and foodsafety and hygiene. Other units cover topics such as preparing meat fish poultry and vegetable dishes, making stocks soups and sauces, bread making and baking cakes, sponges and pastries and desserts, cocktail making, preparing hot beverages and serving customers.
Literacy and numeracy are important for all students. Students who do not have a C grade or above in Maths, English or Welsh (first language) will have additional teaching and support to study either GCSE or Essential Skills depending on GCSE grades.
Units are assessed by observation of practical tasks and knowledge based questioning which may be written or on media platforms.
You will need to have successfully completed L1 in Professional Cookery or L1 Hospitality Services. Learners with prior relevant industry experience will also be considered.