Courses at Ayrshire College

Professional Cookery

Campus Attendance Start Date
Ayr
17: Full Time 28-Aug-2017 Apply
Kilmarnock
17: Full Time 28-Aug-2017 Apply

SCQF Level

Level 5

Attendance/Duration

Full time, one year

Campus/Course Availability

Ayr/Kilmarnock

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If you’re aiming to be a chef, this course can help you on your way to a successful career.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in cooking
  • A desire to work in the fast paced and highly enjoyable hospitality industry
  • Core skills of Communication and Numeracy at Level 4
  • An interview with us

If you don’t have any formal qualifications, but have appropriate industry experience, knowledge and skills, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

This course will help you develop your existing skills in cookery and teach you more about working in an industrial kitchen.

You’ll increase your knowledge of food products, build on your food preparation skills and learn to cook a whole range of fairly complex dishes for starters, main courses and desserts.

You’ll practise professional food preparation and cooking, and presentation techniques, while learning to work faster so you reach real life, industry speed.

You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your service skills in one of our live restaurants - either Taste@Ayr at the Ayr Campus, or Salt and Barrel at Kilmarnock.

And like all our hospitality courses, you’ll have the chance to:

  • Participate in real functions such as business events or bespoke dinners.
  • Go on visits to restaurants, pubs, clubs or hotels.
  • Join in Masterclasses from local industry professionals.
  • Hear top tips on how to get ahead in hospitality from leading employers, successful venue owners and industry suppliers.
  • Take part in competitions such inter-campus competitions or the national Student Team Challenge.

Interested? Come in for an informal chat to find out more. Call Sally Kennedy on 01292 265184 extension 7613 or email sally.kennedy@ayrshire.ac.uk or Maggie Garrard on 01563 523501 extension 8662 or email maggie.garrard@ayrshire.ac.uk

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving on to a relevant course at the next level to advance your skills and knowledge e.g. Advanced Professional Cookery (Level 6) or Hospitality (Level 6)
  • Applying for jobs such as a Junior, Trainee or Commis Chef.

See our blog on why hospitality is a great career choice here here

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Scotland has a rich larder of food, producing quality, premium and healthy produce, and with many international brands, it can be an exciting industry to work in. The food and drink industry is a major contributor to Scotland's economy with one in five people in manufacturing working in the sector. As well as the economy, food impacts on many other aspects of Scottish life including our health and environment.

Our Hospitality courses will provide you with practical experience in the College’s kitchens, training restaurant, internet café and licensed bar. Ayrshire College has superb links with industry and almost all students gain work experience while they are studying, giving them an opportunity to showcase their talents to employers. Career opportunities include Chefs, Housekeepers, Bar Staff, Restaurant Staff, Receptionists and Managers.

There is a wide variety of roles and if you have a good work ethic and a desire to provide excellent customer service then working in this industry could be for you. The opportunities are endless and include working with tiny specialist companies, being part of a major drinks business or learning from the masters in the top kitchens.

Travel and Tourism

Scotland’s travel and tourism industry is growing! Nowadays Scotland welcomes tourists and travellers from all corners of the globe and tourism is a vital component of Scotland’s economy worth around £11bn annually according to recent reports.

Providing opportunities to showcase Scotland on the world stage, showing off Scotland’s culture, food, natural environment, activities, cities, traditions and heritage are vital ingredient to the success of the tourism industry.

If you love travel and you are committed to ensuring travellers have a memorable experience, why not make a career of it? People who work in travel and tourism have a passion for travel and a commitment to helping other travellers make the most of their holiday whether at home or abroad.

The most important qualities working in the tourism industry are communication, teamwork and customer service skills. Whatever the location, position or technical skills, to make it in travel and tourism you need to enjoy challenges and have the ability to work well with people.

Studying travel and tourism provides access to a wide variety of jobs within Visitor Attractions, Event & Conference Organisations, Travel Consultants, VisitScotland, Local Authority Tourism Teams, Travel Agents, various roles in Hospitality or in outbound tourism such as Cabin Crew, Airport Ground Staff and Holiday Reps. A global industry with employment opportunities in the UK as well as offering many possibilities for travel and employment globally.

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"Work experience placements have been important throughout the course from spending time with a travel agency and learning more about their reservation systems. During the HNC course I secured a job with Visit Scotland’s information centre in Ayr."
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At Ayrshire College we understanding how important it is for businesses to have a highly effective workforce.  Our short course programmes are designed to enhance the trainee’s skills and knowledge to enable them to implement their learning into their day to day practices. 

Short Course Range

  •        Ayrshire Bake Off
  •        Sugar Paste Masterclass
  •        Pastilage Masterclass
  •        Cocktails Masterclass
  •        Whisky Masterclass
  •        Bread Masterclass
  •        Introduction to Cake Decorating (Int 1)
  •        Intermediate Cake Decorating (Int 2)
  •        REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene
  •        REHIS Food Hygiene Refresher
  •        REHIS Allergy Awareness
  •        World Host
  •        BIIAB Personal Licence Holder
  •        BIIAB Personal Licence Holder Refresher
  •        BIIAB Wine Service Award Level 1
  •        BIIAB Beer and Cellar Quality
  •        BIIAB Level 1 Award in Alcohol Awareness
  •        BIIAB Health and Safety Award Level 1
  •        Scottish Award in Customer Drinks and Service (Licensed Hospitality)
  •        Taxi Driver's Training
  •        City & Guilds Barista Skills
  •        Catering for Carers
  •        Introduction to Employment in the Hospitality Industry
  •        Promoting Local Tourist Attractions

We also offer a wide range of other short courses and evening classes that may be of interest to you.  Please visit our Business Centre page for more information.

Our Hospitality and Tourism short courses are offered throughout our Ayrshire Campuses however we are happy to deliver these on your premises or customise the content for you.  Call our Business Solutions Team on 0300 303 0303 option 4 to discuss your training requirements.