Professional Cookery NVQ Diploma Level 2

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    Full Time

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    One Year

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    September 2024


The Level 2 Professional Cookery NVQ Diploma is designed for practical people as most of it is taught in the College’s production kitchens and bakery and will involve you working alongside the chef lecturers in the production of the daily menu.

The qualification is divided into units that cover the storage, preparation, cooking and presentation of fish, meat, vegetables and baking.

At Boston College, we offer up to a full three-year study programme for learners giving a clear pathway to employment within the industry. Key competences including knife skills, commercial food preparation and cooking, table service and beverage knowledge are core catering skills introduced in the first year with formal recognised industry qualifications on completion. Subsequent academic years then build upon these essential competencies, industry qualifications gained each academic year, leading to a level three qualification in a specialist catering subject such as professional cookery, patisserie and confectionery or front of house supervision.

What will I do?

The Level 2 Professional Cookery NVQ Diploma consists of three compulsory units:

  • Maintain a safe, hygienic and secure working environment
  • Contribute to effective teamwork
  • Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food

You must also complete 11 other optional units from the following:

  • Prepare fish for basic dishes
  • Prepare meat for basic dishes
  • Prepare poultry for basic dishes
  • Prepare vegetables for basic dishes
  • Cook and finish basic fish dishes
  • Cook and finish basic meat dishes
  • Cook and finish basic poultry dishes
  • Cook and finish basic vegetable dishes
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic hot sauces
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic soups
  • Bread, dough or pastry products
  • Cakes sponges and scones
  • Healthier dishes
  • Hot and cold desserts
  • Prepare and present cold food for cold presentation

If you have a Grade 2 or below in English or maths, you can study towards either a PASS in Functional Skills Level 2 or a GCSE grade 4-9. Once you have achieved either qualification, you will not be required to undertake any further English or maths.

Full time 16-19 learner with a Grade 3, must study towards a GCSE grade 4-9.

The entry qualifications for the Level 2 Professional Cookery NVQ Diploma are an NVQ Level 1 or the Catering RSW Diploma Level 1 (or equivalent).

Alternatively, if you are a school leaver with cooking experience and/or GCSEs in English and Maths at grades C or above (New GCSE grade 4 or above) you may be considered for this course.

The Professional Cookery NVQ Diploma will take you one year to complete. You will attend College for four days a week.

You will also work on set Thursday evenings in the College's restaurants. The dates are to be confirmed upon your course induction.

The Professional Cookery NVQ Diploma is free, if you are under the age of 19 on 31 August of the year you start the course.

If you are aged 19+, this course will cost £1500.
Fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701 or email your query to

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

Assessment on the Professional Cookery NVQ Diploma is continual and supported by regular progress briefings, you will also be assessed by oral and written questions. These assessments will help you to complete the portfolio which you will need to gain the qualification.

Successful completion of the Professional Cookery NVQ Diploma will enable you to seek employment as a chef in any of the wide variety of catering establishments with the prospect of promotion or the opportunity to progress on to the NVQ Level 3 advanced courses.

Additional costs include kit, educational visits, uniform fees, course-specific materials, which you will be required to purchase before the start of your course.

Costs to be advised at your Taster Day/Enrolment.

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