Professional Cookery SVQ

What is special about this course?

This course is for Chefs/Cooks who are looking to develop their skills to the next level.  You will focus on complex cookery techniques and refine your presentation skills, while exploring new techniques in the kitchen that will grow your confidence as to extend their skill in practical work as a successful chef.  The course consits of fifteen units and those wishing to pursue this level of skill can attend college on a full time or part time basis to learn new techniques and associated underpinning knowledge.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have an SVQ Level 5 in Professional Cookery or equivalent and/or a number years' experience in industry.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Day release

You will study by way of class-room based lectures and tutorials in College and by using on-line support materials. The Course is continuously assessed.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    Start date



    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?

    Sous/2nd Chef

    Is there more information available online?

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