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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Become a professional chef by completing this industry-standard qualification: it is ideal if you are looking to work in fine dining establishments.

You will gain a high standard of cookery skills and cover a wide variety of topics which will give you an excellent grounding for a more senior role.

Entry requirements

You need a qualification from school in this subject area or some basic skills and experience as a chef.

Students aged 16-19 must have achieved both Maths and English GCSE at a grade 4.

Course Content

A wide range of topics will be covered, for example:

  • Food safety
  • Health and safety
  • Healthier food and special diets
  • Prepare and cook meat
  • Prepare and cook fish
  • Prepare and cook poultry
  • Produce hot and cold desserts

You could also explore a wide variety of other topics.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via written tests and practical exams.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

A uniform will be required at an approximate cost of £130.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You could consider taking the Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery.



You could become a chef in a fine dining establishment.


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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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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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