Professional Cookery SCQF 5

What is special about this course?

This course is an excellent introductory qualification for those wishing to pursue a career in the fast-paced world of professional cookery. It is structured to develop the skills, knowledge, and understanding you will require to secure employment in the Hospitality Industry.

This course is ideally suited for school leavers who have studied Hospitality, determined or mature students wishing to reskill or pursue a career in professional cookery.


Entry requirements

This course is ideally suited for school leavers who have studied Hospitality, determined or mature students wishing to reskill or pursue a career in professional cookery.

School leavers:

  • All applicants will be interviewed to assess their interest and ability in cookery.
  • SCQF Level 4 Professional Cookery
  • Four National 4 passes

Mature students:

  • No formal entry requirements.
  • Evidence of an interest in this subject should be demonstrated in your personal statement.
  • Work experience will be considered. 

The course is structured to include a significant practical ‘hands-on’ element as well as associated theory units required to complete the qualification such as Hygiene and Health and Safety. The main emphasis is on professional cookery in practical classes, where you will learn a wide array of dishes suitable for a restaurant environment. Practical lessons are delivered in the Sheiling kitchen with an emphasis on developing knife skills, cooking, and presentation skills, working safely and food hygiene. 


How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Face to face

Practical activities

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Inverness Campus

Start date



For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful achievement will prepare you for entry into the SVQ Professional Cookery at SCQF level 6, with further progression possible into hospitality.

Roles may include:-

  • Basic food operative
  • Catering assistant
  • Kitchen assistant

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Professional cookery in the Highlands has never been as popular as it is today. This course is an excellent opportunity for you to study and prepare for a career as a chef with excellent career opportunities and progression routes open to those who successfully achieve the qualification. The SVQ Professional Cookery course at SCQF level 5 gives you an opportunity to prepare, cook and serve a range of sweet and savoury dishes in our Sheiling training kitchen and restaurant, which serves lunch to students, staff and the public.

Richard Coyne, Professional Cookery lecturer 

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