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Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Professional Cookery

Course Level: 

Level 1

Job opportunities after this course: 

Possible job opportunities Kitchen Porter (approx. salary 14.5k pa),
Comis Chef (approx. salary 17k pa) or
Waiter (approx. salary 17k pa).

The average salaries shown above are taken from as at 15th July 2013. Please note salaries will vary depending on qualifications, works experience and geographical location.

Overview of the course: 

You will cover a mixture of theory and practical activities This introductory course is designed to provide a foundation in cooking skills, knife skills, food preparation and cooking skills and to develop an awareness of the needs of the catering industry.

Entry requirements: 

Applicants must have a satisfactory school profile (16-18 year olds) and an interest in working in the catering industry. All applicants will be interviewed and assessed to ensure they access the most suitable level of course for them. Learners under 19 years of age will need to complete functional skills or GCSE depending on qualifications already achieved. Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.

Our entry requirements are in place to support our students in achieving the qualifications they have chosen to study. Following changes in the assessment and grading of GCSE’s as a result of Covid-19, all new full-time students will be regularly assessed by East Durham College at an early stage in their study programme. This is to ensure that students are enrolled onto courses which suit their abilities – following assessment, there may be occasions when learners are transferred to a relevant course at a higher or lower level in order to ensure they are enrolled onto the right course for them to achieve success.


Topics covered in the course are food safety, healthier foods and special diets, kitchen equipment, personal work place skills, all catering cooking methods, Maths & English.

How is the course assessed?: 

You will be assessed/ observed throughout the course on both practical and theory based exams.

Further study options after this course: 

You could progress to level 2 and-or gain employment with an apprentice scheme in your chosen area of interest i.e. kitchen or restaurant.

Length of the course: 

1 Year - Full Time. This full time study programme courses may also be available to study on a part-time basis if you are aged 18 or over on 31st August. Please check with Student Services for more details.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2021


Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2021

Free if you are under 25 on the 31st August 2021 with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2021 and do not already have a full Level 2 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Free if you are unemployed and in receipt of eligible benefits – contact us to check if you are eligible

Free if you are employed and your income is less than £16,009.50

If you do not meet the above criteria and need to pay fees they are:


Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.

*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

City & Guilds Group Bursaries
C&G run their own bursary programme to help people who are financially unable to complete one of their qualifications. They award bursaries twice a year for people who wish to study for a City & Guilds qualification, but lack the funds. Their bursaries are grants that cover costs arising as a result of taking one of their qualifications which can include course and/or exam fees, learning materials, travel and childcare. For more detail on the criteria and how to apply, please visit

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (19 Jan 2021 05:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

How to apply: 

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Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

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