Catering student smiling while presenting a plate of food for serving in The Artisan Restaurant

Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Professional Cookery

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    Full time
    1 Year
    City & Guilds of London Institute
  • Free tuition for students under 19 on 31 August prior to start date
  • Advanced Learner Loans available to students aged 19 or over
Prepare for work in professional catering in hotels, restaurants and pubs.

This is a hands-on introduction to methods of cooking and basic food hygiene within a working kitchen.

You will be assessed by observation of your skills, coursework and complete a portfolio. As part of the course, you will also be required to complete customer service skills in our restaurant and attend work placements. Your course will include:

• Introduction to hospitality and catering
• Introduction to kitchen equipment
• Food preparation and cooking skills
• Health and Safety in the workplace
• Food safety in catering
• Customer Service skills

Functional skills or GCSE English and maths are a key part of this course. You will need to purchase equipment and clothing from an external supplier.

You could progress on to the Level 2 Catering course.


You will need four GCSEs at Grades D-G/3-1, including English and Mathematics at minimum Grade E/2.

It is advised you also attend a skills assessment day for your chosen course level.