Courses at Ayrshire College

NC Professional Cookery Level 5

Campus Attendance Start Date
08: Other Part-time Day Course 12-Jun-2017 Book

Local Authority

East Ayrshire


This is a 2 year course


Kilmarnock Campus Tuesday/Thursday 2pm - 4pm

This course is for school pupils only.

Who is the Course for

This course is for you if you are interested in learning about a career in the Hospitality industry or simply gaining or developing skills in an industry standard kitchen. You will enjoy working in a professional kitchen and also working with people and teams. You need to be interested in food and also what makes excellent customer service.

What is the Course About

You will attend on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2 – 4 pm where you will be working in the professional kitchens, or in a classroom as appropriate. When in the kitchens you will require to wear a set of chef whites (uniform) without which you will not be allowed to participate in a class, as required under current food safety law – you will need to bring this with you for every class. These will be provided to you but you will need to wash these ready for the next class.

You will:

  • Develop appropriate employability skills for the professional cookery sector.
  • Understand concepts and terms used in the industry.
  • Practice a range of skills in relation to professional cookery.
  • Gain an awareness of the modern trends in professional cookery.
  • Develop a local and international perspective on cooking.
  • Develop a local and international perspective on nutrition and healthy eating trends.
  • Prepare to move on to qualifications at a higher level.

You will be given set directed study each week which you will need to complete – this is a requirement of the course and you will not complete the National Certificate without successfully completing this element. Your school needs to provide structured teacher-led support for you while you complete this directed study.

SQA Course Units

  • Cookery Processes
  • Food Preparation Techniques
  • Food Hygiene for the Hospitality Industry
  • Stocks and Sauces
  • Hospitality; Organisation of Practical Skills
  • Working Safely

What do you Need

There are no entrance requirements but to get the best out of this course you will be interviewed and should have literacy and numeracy skills at level 4, enjoy working in a practical environment and have a real interest in the Hospitality industry. You should also relish the challenge of getting to know new people.

How will I be Assessed

You will work towards completing a National Certificate Professional Cookery at level 5, a total of 12 unit credits over the 2 years. This will include a mix of practical and theory elements, and will also involve directed study of approximately 2 hours per week.

Next Steps

Following successful completion of the National Certificate you could progress to a course at Level 6, either from school or in Ayrshire College.

You could also consider a Modern Apprenticeship programme with an appropriate employer and training provider, such as Ayrshire College.

What do current students say

“I really enjoy working in a professional kitchen. The whole Course had lots of different bits so it keeps you interested but the main thing is I really like how it’s about working in a team and it’s helped me decide what job I want to get in the industry”.

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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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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.