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Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery

Course Level: 

Level 2

Job opportunities after this course: 

Depending on your chosen route within Hospitality and catering job, opportunities will vary, for example a commis chef or chef de partie, working within a restaurant or hotel environment, a assistant chef working in areas such as schools or nursing homes.

Overview of the course: 

You will cover a mixture of theory and practical activities. The level 2 qualification is delivered in set theory sessions weekly, where you will complete knowledge statements which prove your understanding of the course. You will also learn about Health & Safety, the wider hospitality industry and how you can work towards your chosen job in hospitality; which in turn will help you to complete assignments within these areas. You will on a weekly basis complete practical work, working towards assessments and exam.

Entry requirements: 

A Level 1 Diploma in Professional Cookery should be completed before you can be enrol onto the Level 2 qualification. A Level 2 Food Hygiene qualification should also be achieved. Learners under 19 years of age will need to complete functional skills or GCSE depending on qualifications already achieved.

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 i.e. Health & Safety, Food Hygiene, Vegetables, Poultry, Seafood, Cakes and biscuits, Pastry, Maths & English. Enrichment activities including, butchery workshops, visits to local businesses e.g. fishmongers, butchers and other local businesses which the students show interest in.

How is the course assessed?: 

You will be assessed throughout the course, within assessments and exams. Then when you are ready you will have 2 synoptic exams to complete, one of 3 hours; which has 3 complex dishes within it and one of 5 hours which has 4 complex dishes within it. You will work towards these throughout the year.

Further study options after this course: 

You may progress to Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery or Level 3 Diploma in supervisory Skills. Or work as a commis chef within a hotel environment, you may even work within a school meals or care home environment. There is also the option at Level 2 to go into the armed forces.

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 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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