Food Preparation & Service - Level 2


Introduction to this course

This study programme, supported by the Craft Guild of Chefs and designed with the help of the Hospitality industry, combines two Hospitality study programmes, the Diploma in Professional Cookery and Certificate in Professional Food & Beverage Service, covering food preparation and cooking, food safety in the workplace, teamwork, communication and customer care.


There will be relevant trips throughout the year, as well as end-of-year excursion and you will complete at least sixty hours of work experience as part of this study programme.



How to Apply?

You can find out more about applying here



Entry Requirements

You must have at least three GCSEs at grade A* to D, preferably including English and maths. You must have an Introductory Diploma in Professional Cookery or similar and/or relevant experience of working in the Catering industry.



Duration of this Course

1 Year Course



Career Prospects

Upon successful completion of this qualification, you can progress to the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery, or a Level 3 qualification in Advanced Professional Cookery or Food & Beverage Service Supervision.



How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through written assignments and practical sessions in our training kitchens and the Da Vinci Restaurant, which is open to the public. You will also be required to complete specific, tested, practical tasks during end-of-year practical assessments.



Course content/units

Units include:

  • Investigate the catering and hospitality industry
  • Food safety in catering (assessed through online test)
  • Health and safety in catering and hospitality
  • Healthier food and special diets
  • Catering operations, costs and menu planning
  • Applying workplace skills (practical)
  • Prepare and cook stocks , soup and sauces
  • Healthier food and special diets
  • Prepare and cook fruit and vegetables
  • Prepare and cook poultry
  • Prepare and cook fish and shellfish
  • Prepare and cook rice, pasta , grains and egg dishes
  • Produce hot and cold desserts and puddings
  • Produce paste products
  • Produce biscuits , cake and sponge products
  • Produce fermented dough products


Expenses for this course

New kit and uniform - Approximately £220. If you already have a Level 1 kit, you can top it up for approximately £60.