- Two passes at National 4, Standard Grade General, Intermediate 1 or equivalent
- Applications are also welcome from those with relevant qualifications or work experience.
Introduction (SCQF Level 4)
1 Year (typically 3 days a week in college)
This course is designed by City & Guilds to enable anyone who aspires to work in the hospitality industry with the opportunity to develop the practical skills, knowledge and understanding required for pursuing further study or employment. You will be introduced to a broad spectrum of areas relating to working in a professional environment, and develop essential transferable skills in communication and teamwork.
Everything you need to know before applying to this course.
A list of materials/uniform required will be sent to you before the start of the course.
VRQ Level 1 Certificate in Culinary Skills (SCQF level 4)
If you are studying a full-time non-advanced course (below HNC level), you may be entitled to funding.
You can apply for a full-time course online or using a paper form.
Open Days are a great way to find out more about this course and what it’s like to study at NESCol. You will see facilities, meet lecturers and get a feel for life as a student.
NESCol can provide extra support to students who have additional support needs, including:
You may be eligible for additional funding to support the cost of living, including travel costs, cost of materials, and childcare.
Whether you wish to progress in your studies or enter the world of work, North East Scotland College has excellent progression opportunities, with links to eight universities across Scotland and great relationships with industry employers.
On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following courses at North East Scotland College:
Employment opportunities are widespread in the hospitality and catering industries with roles available in fine dining, hotels, restaurants, commercial catering and tourism:
“I would definitely recommend studying professional cookery at NESCol to anyone interested in hospitality or catering. I may soon be looking for a part-time employee who is in their final year of studying at college so we could end up working together!”
“Coming back to College has given me a great sense of achievement, I feel like I’ve been using my brain again! I met a lovely bunch of people there and got on well with everyone, including the younger students in the class.”
“The lecturers are what makes the course so special. They have an abundance of industry experience allowing them to share skills and knowledge while always making lessons enjoyable. I am gutted that my time at the College has come to an end, however I am delighted to have secured my dream job at Restaurant Andrew Fairlie in Gleneagles.”
Please note: Course delivery – in response to Covid -19, courses may be delivered through a blend of campus-based classes and/or remote learning. Please check at time of booking. All classroom environments follow strict government social distancing guidelines to ensure the health and safety of students, staff and visitors.
You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the ‘Apply Online’ button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.
Completed forms should be signed and returned to us at the following freepost address:
The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus
UK AB25 1BN
If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website: nescol.ac.uk, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.
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