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Food Production and Cooking Diploma Level 2

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Work alongside and be trained by chefs from the area’s most renowned establishments. You will develop practical preparation and cooking skills in our industry standard kitchens, serving your own dishes to the public in our professional restaurant, The Gallery Kitchen.

You will also recieve an NVQ2 Diploma in Food and Drink Service.


What Does The Programme Include

You will gain practical training in our industry standard kitchens to develop new and enhance your existing skills.

Though a process of practical demonstrations, group workshops and one-to-one training, you will be taught the skills needed to be assessed as competent in a wide range of preparation and cooking techniques, food service and customer care.

All practical learning is re-enforced by studying the theory of catering in the classroom. The customer service skills are practiced and improved on during restaurant service.

Entry Requirements

Hospitality Services Diploma Level 1 or equivalent.

Worried about your grades?

Whatever your results, we want to assure you that extenuating circumstances will be considered should you not have the grades indicated above. 

We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effective 6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):

  • Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy /​too hard
  • Incorporating English and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well

Our course enquiries and admissions team are available remotely throughout this unprecedented period. They can be contacted at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any further questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

You will be assessed through practical and on-going observations and assessments including the completion of multiple choice papers. There are no formal practical or theoretical examinations for this programme.

Additional Information

You will require a uniform, equipment, reference books, and the ability to participate in educational visits to support your learning, more information will be provided prior to your enrolment. Health, safety and hygiene standards will also need to be met and work experience will assist your progression and possible employment.

Potential Future Career

These employer approved qualifications cover a good grounding for a variety of hospitality areas such as;

  • front office
  • housekeeping
  • food and beverage
  • cookery and hospitality services

all leading to employment opportunities.

You could also progress to the Professional Cookery Diploma Level 3, or Hospitality Supervision and Leadership Diploma Level 3, or to an Apprenticeship in the hospitality or catering sector.

Course Content

Some of the units you will study are as follows:

  • 201 Give customers a positive impression of self and your organisation
  • 203 Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food
  • 204 Maintain food safety when storing, holding and serving food
  • 205 Maintain and deal with payments
  • 207 Serve food at the table
  • 212 Serve alcoholic and soft drinks
  • 281 Produce basic fish dishes
  • 282 Produce basic meat dishes
  • 283 Produce basic poultry dishes
  • 284 Produce basic vegetable dishes
  • 290 Produce basic bread and dough products
  • 293 Produce basic hot and cold starters

Course Trips

You will gain hands on experience in our professional Gallery Restaurant and have the opportunity to visit various professional kitchens, restaurants and exhibitions such as Hotel Olympia and the BBC Good Food Show. You will also take part in master classes hosted by industry renowned chefs and experts in hospitality and have regular visits from suppliers and manufacturers linked to your chosen profession.


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