Professional Cookery SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

The SVQ Level 6 Professional Cookery Course gives you the opportunity to build upon the basic skills that were acquired on successful completion of the SVQ Level 5 Professional Cookery course. The course provides a platform for you to enhance your skills in the preparation, production and finishing of a wide range of sweet and savoury dishes in our Sheiling training kitchen and Restaurant.

This course is an excellent choice for both for students aiming to gain employment in the catering industry or progress onto further study. The course is delivered by highly qualified chef lecturers who all have extensive experience in the industry and is structured to include a significant number of practical units backed up with knowledge-based theory.

Entry requirements

  • Evidence of experience in this subject should be demonstrated in your personal statement and may be subject to a skills assessment.
  • All applicants will be interviewed to assess their experience and ability in professional cookery.
  • SCQF Level 5 Professional Cookery


The focus of the course is to develop the skills and knowledge, which are required to actively participate in a professional kitchen environment. The units covered on our level 6 course reflect produce available locally and being used within industry in Scotland such as fresh shellfish, Scottish beef, and fresh fish.

Your career prospects will be enhanced, and we will actively encourage you to gain part-time employment to enhance your college studies. We have many local businesses actively looking to fill positions from all over the Highlands.

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How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Classroom
  • Training restaurant
  • Training kitchen
  • College Cafe

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    Start date



    If you have been living in the UK for at least 3 years, are ordinary resident in Scotland before the course start date it is likely that you will not have to pay fees for your full time course.  Please check our Fee Waiver Policy.

    Full time students will automatically receive the fee waiver if they are eligible. We will use the information provided on your course application form to determine whether you are eligible. 

    Scottish students

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)



    Full-time per year



    Rest of UK students

    For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)


    Full-time per year


    International students

    For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)


    Full time per year


     Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

    Please contact if you have any further questions on fees.


    You may be eligible to apply for an Educational Maintenance Allowance or Bursary.

    Additional costs

    You will be required to purchase a kit/uniform as part of this course (between £300 and £350). If you are eligible for a bursary these costs will be covered.


    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Progression to HNC Hospitality

    Employment in a professional cookery role.


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    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Inverness. UHI Inverness operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.