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York College

Entry requirements

3 GCSEs at grade D/ grade 3, including English and Maths or Functional Skills Level 1 in English and Maths, or Level 1 Foundation Diploma in Hospitality.

This qualification is the result of collaboration between industry, education and City and Guilds. It takes into account the latest approach to food safety, health and safety and industry practices.

The content of this qualification is underpinned by the belief that to work as a successful chef in the catering industry it is essential to have a good foundation in a wide range of high quality cooking skills and to be able to apply them across a range of catering contexts.


One year.

What will I study?

The Diploma is made up of 12 units and candidates must achieve all 12 units to complete the qualification.

Units covered include:

  • Introduction to the Hospitality and Catering Industry
  • Food Safety in Catering
  • Health and Safety Awareness for Catering and Hospitality
  • Introduction to Healthier Foods and Special Diets
  • Prepare and Cook Food by Using Different Cooking Methods

All Foundation programmes include social and work skills as well as Functional Skills.

How will I be assessed?

Each unit is assessed by a combination of externally set assignments and short answer tests and practical assessments.

What could it lead to?

On completion of this qualification, students may progress onto the Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery or an apprenticeship in hospitality, or alternatively into employment as a Trainee Chef or Cook/Kitchen Assistant.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


Olivia Etheridge

Previously of All Saints Roman Catholic School
 Professional Cookery Diploma Level 1

"I chose this course because I’ve always loved cooking and was keen to learn more skills. I like that the course is so varied, we cover many different aspects of cookery and that fascinates me. The course is better than I expected, I’m pleasantly surprised.I started the course late and was immediately accepted by my class mates and tutors. I was helped to catch up with everyone else and quickly felt comfortable in my classes."

Olivia has accepted an offer from Sheffield Hallam University to study BA Food and Nutrition.

1413 - Professional Cookery L1 - Georgina Hedren

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