NC in Professional Cookery SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

In the Hospitality Department, we pride ourselves in training the future Chefs and Food Service Personnel by using ‘our islands larder’ to prepare you with the skills and knowledge to work in the sector. Coming to study in the department, we will fully equip you with the latest industry courses including: Licensing law, Food Hygiene, Allergen Controls and the Worldhost Principles of Customer Care Certificate so you can give the highest level of customer care.

Entry requirements

Four National 4 passes, one of which must be English

Skills for Work Hospitality Level 4

National Progression Award in Bakery Level 4

Relevant experience in the industry may be considered.

The NC Professional Cookery course is a broad-based course covering units in cookery as well as food service.  Students generally spend three days a week in College, with one day in industry.

The course includes classes in Communication, Numeracy and IT which are taught out-with the department.

The department runs the Overblikk Training Restaurant where the student cohort will gain valuable experience and develop confidence in serving customers.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Orkney, Kirkwall


Full time

If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

Part time

Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Progression onto

SVQ Professional Cookery at SCQF Level 5/6

HNC Professional Cookery

A full time career in the Hospitality industry

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