If you have a passion for food and would like a career in professional cookery, this year-long, nationally recognised qualification will help you develop the skills and knowledge that this fast-paced industry requires. Past students have enjoyed great success including employment with top North East eateries such as Terry Laybourne's Broad Chare and 21, House of Tides, Seaham Hall, Six at BALTIC, Crowne Plaza, Jesmond Dene House, as well as prestigious hotels including The Ritz London.
What will I study?
Training in our professional standard kitchens you'll studying a range of techniques involved in preparing and cooking different types of dishes including:
- Soups and stocks
You'll also complete qualifications in food service, food hygiene and health and safety to give you the edge when interviewing for jobs. Food service is a Level 2 qualification, so you will be achieving double the normal qualifications all in one year. You'll also have the opportunity to achieve vital maths and English qualifications.
Fast-track to an apprenticeship
You can start on this programme and fast track to an apprenticeship once a vacancy becomes available and you're ready. Sign up to our apprenticeship alerts and we'll keep you updated on the latest apprenticeship vacancies. Plus our team will help you write your CV or application and prepare for interviews.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed throughout the course in both practical and theory work.
During the course you will need to wear a Gateshead College catering uniform which you will need to buy, along with a course book and knife kit. Funding is available and we'll discuss this with you at your interview or induction.
On completion of the course, you can progress into the hospitality or catering industry or onto one of our Level 3 catering programmes.