Professional Cookery and Food and Beverage Service - Level 1

If you have a passion for cookery and want to know how a restaurant operates, this is the course for you. You will study in our industry standard training kitchens and develop your restaurant and cookery skills in the College’s restaurants, bars and cafes.

The course includes theory studies for cookery and food & drink service. You will be required to do some research in your own time. You will be assessed throughout the course and your final cookery assessment will be carried out with your tutor and a local chef.

The programme also includes studying maths and English towards GCSE grade A*-C (new grading system: 9-4) if you do not already have these grades.

What topics/modules are covered?

You will study a range of subject areas including:

  • Serving food and drink
  • Food preparation and cooking
  • Larder work
  • Pastry work
  • Bar service
  • Reception work

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal qualifications for our Level 1 courses.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • Professional Cookery and Food Service – Level 2

Career Path

  • Chef
  • Hotel General Manager
  • Cruise Manager
  • Bar Person
  • Events Planner
  • Food Stylist
  • Baker
  • Housekeeper
  • Butler
  • Barista
  • Reservations Manager

What qualification will I gain?

Level 1 Diploma in Professional Cookery and Food and Beverage Service.

Start date



1 year.

Where will I be based?

The Balliol Building, Hugh Baird College.


Aged 16-18

Aged 19+
There may be fees associated with this course. You may be eligible to have some or all of these fees waived by the College, depending on your individual circumstances. Please call 0151 353 4444 or email with any queries.

Financial Support (all ages)
You may be eligible to receive financial support for course fees, travel and childcare. Please visit our Student Finance page for more information. Please call 0151 353 4444 or email with any queries.



Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 09:41

Study Programme

If you are aged 16-19, this qualification will form a substantial part of your study programme. The study programme has been designed to ensure that young people are fully equipped and ready to move on to the world of work or higher level courses. In addition to your main qualification, will you also get the opportunity to undertake relevant and CV bolstering work experience out in your chosen industry. You will also be supported through maths and English qualifications.