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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 14

Hours: 5.00

Start: 11/03/2019

Days / Times: Various 09:00 to 14:30

Tuition (£): 0.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course is designed to improve your cooking skills to help in your work OR help you get into work.

It is an exciting practical-based course where you will be preparing and cooking a wide variety of dishes in our modern kitchens with our experienced chef.

Chefs are in demand and there is a shortage of chefs in the industry so come along and pick up a wide variety of skills and knowledge to help you progress.

Entry requirements

You need a basic cooking knowledge.

Course Content

This is a 14-week course which entails one day a week (choose your day from Monday to Friday to fit in with your life). It runs from 9.00 to 2.30 pm in our real working kitchen and involves no cost.

You will cover a wide range of cooking methods and dishes so if you want to progress at work or just impress family and friends, this course is ideal.

Examples of dishes you will prepare are:

  • Meat, poultry and fish dishes
  • Vegetable and vegetarian dishes
  • Sauces
  • Pastry dishes
  • Desserts

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via practical observations.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

We will provide aprons and hats - just bring closed-in sturdy shoes.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study 

We offer a variety of other catering courses.



You can progress to jobs within the catering industry.


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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

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Jack Bowler

Jack Bowler

Foundation degree puts more choices on menu for catering student Jack

Derby College catering student Jack Bowler has extended his menu of career choices by taking a foundation degree in international hospitality management.Jack, who already holds level 2 and 3 qualifications in catering and hospitality via the college is now learning the management and front of house aspects of the hospitality industry as well as the catering side.During his level 3 course Jack also gained confidence-building experience through working at the college's Engine Shed fine dining restaurant at the Roundhouse.Jack, who was inspired to cook from a young age by his mum and gran, now plans to progress to level 5 and gain his BA Honours degree. He is currently working in the kitchens at Calke Abbey at weekends and will be taking on more shifts when he completes his foundation degree. Ultimately he hopes to find a job in his chosen field through educational work experience.

He said: "I love cooking but it's been interesting learning new things and finding out about the management aspects too. I enjoy being front of house as I've always liked interacting with customers.

"Derby College has such great facilities, including the new Fujitsu and Intel Innovation Hub which recently opened at the Roundhouse. The hub's got fantastic top of the range technology and quiet study areas."

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