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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Become a professional chef working in fine dining establishments with this industry-standard qualification.

You will gain a high standard of practical skills and knowledge to equip you excellently for the industry.

Entry requirements

Students aged 16 to 19 years will need a relevant Level 2 qualification and GCSE grade 4 in Maths and English.

Students aged 19+ will need a relevant Level 2 qualification or previous experience of working in a restaurant.

Course Content

You will cover a wide variety of topics, for example:

  • Supervisory skills in the hospitality industry
  • Exploring gastronomy
  • Advanced skills in producing meat, poultry, game and fish dishes
  • Producing dough and batter products
  • Producing petit fours, paste products, desserts, cakes, biscuits and sponges.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through practical exams and assessments.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

A uniform will be required at a cost of approximately £130.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You can go on to study at degree level. 



You could advance your career working in fine dining establishments.


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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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