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Professional Cookery Technical Diploma Level 3

Course Overview

During this Catering and Hospitality Level 3 course you will learn more advanced skills and roles within kitchen and restaurant operations. This will enable you to work in a variety of potential positions in industry. You will develop kitchen skills in areas such as the preparation and cooking of fish, poultry and pastry, as well as kitchen management, ordering, costings and food safety practises. Your restaurant qualification will take you over subjects including; methods of cocktail making, beverage knowledge including beers, wines and spirits, customer service and table service.

What topics are covered?

The course is made up of 12 units including:

  • Applying workplace skills
  • Kitchen operations, costs and menu plans
  • Nutritional and special diets in catering
  • Plus more advanced cookery methods including preparation of meat, fish, soup, fruit and vegetables, desserts and bakery

In addition, you will undertake a restaurant qualification.


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to develop their skills in this vocational area.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need 4 full GCSE’s at grade 3 or above as well as Maths or English at grade 4 or above. You can also join this course after completing a Professional Cookery Technical Certificate Level 2.

What qualifications will I gain?

Level 3 VRQ Diploma in Professional Cookery

Level 2  Food and Beverage Certificate

Who is the awarding body?

City and Guilds

How will I learn?

Your learning will be classroom and practical based, with assignments, presentations and reports, working individually and in small groups.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via coursework and practical cookery tests.

What can I do after this course?

  • Progress onto a Level 3 Advanced Diploma programme or apprenticeship
  • Gain employment within the catering and hospitality industry

Are there any additional costs?

Uniform, knives and books (discussed at interview)

What funding is available?

For funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

What facilities are available?

You will gain experience in our on-site state-of-the-art kitchens and restaurant facilities such as The Shrubbery Restaurant and Bistro.

Which department is this course in?

Hospitality, Hair, Beauty and Spa Industries

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What else do I need to know?

You will need to comply with the following policies that are issued at enrolment:

  • Dress code
  • Code of conduct
  • Locker policy
  • Scissor / knife policy

A basic stationery pack will be issued to enrolled students.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.


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