Course Type: Full Time

Level 2 Professional Cookery

  • Course Code CATEAT010A
  • Start Date 2nd September 2019
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

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:

  • Pastry
  • Bread
  • Shellfish
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Soups and stocks
  • Desserts.

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. 

An interview is required and equipment is needed.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

3 GCSE grade D (3) or above

Required experience

Experience of working at Level 2 in Professional Cookery.

This course is free to those aged under 19 years old.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced price course fees and there are grants and bursaries you can apply for to help cover the costs of coming to college, depending on your circumstances.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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