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The Professional Cookery Level 3 is a mixture of theory, practical and production within the College's Mallinson Restaurant.

The Level 3 Professional cookery qualification will give you opportunities to practice supervisory skills in a professional kitchen as well as develop complex dishes, recipes, and menu development.

There will be real life opportunities to work on events, restaurant themes and seasonal food specialities.

Waltham Forest College is putting sustainability at the heart of everything that we do, and in this course, you will look at how to reduce the carbon footprint and work towards net zero goals for the food we prepare and serve in industry, for example: by sourcing local produce. You will learn about the importance of sustainability in the Food Industry, how to reduce wastage and how to operate an eco-friendly business.

The course is scheduled for 2-3 day per week.

  • Sector Overview

    The Hospitality and Tourism Sector is a key pillar of the UK's broader economic and social success and employs approximately 3 million people.

    There were 146,000 job vacancies across the Hospitality Sector in the months leading to January 2023 meaning that this is a sector ready for skilled fresh talent to take advantage of the opportunities available.

  • Entry Requirements

    The entry requirements for this course are:

    • 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including maths and English
    • Interview and assessment
  • What will I study?

    This course consists of the following modules:

    • Develop productive working relationships
    • Maintain the health, hygiene, safety and security of the working environment
    • Maintain food safety when preparing and cooking food 
    • Contribute to the development of recipes and menus 
    • Prepare and cook meat for complex dishes 
    • Prepare and cook fish for complex dishes 
    • Cook and finish complex vegetable dishes 
    • Prepare, cook and finish complex dough products 
    • Prepare, cook and finish complex hot and cold desserts 

    Candidates may want to choose from an array of specialist units, such as game and shellfish or pastillage and chocolate work for those with a pastry chef ambition.

  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed via:

    • Observation within a real working environment
    • Knowledge tests and written answers
  • Enrichment

    You will actively participate in themed seasonal events, charity fund raisers and attend motivating guest lectures to inspire your future aspirations.

    There are reward schemes for high performing attendance and those that go above and beyond to support colleagues within our busy catering environment.

    Our Student Common Room is a great place to unwind and relax during your breaks. It features pool tables, table tennis, a gaming corner and lots of comfy sofas so you can refresh before your next lesson.

    Themed events are held in the Common Room so you can get the best experience of being a Waltham Forest College student.

  • Work Experience

    You must complete 36 hours (1 week) of external work placement which is an essential part of the programme. Some of the opportunities will include placements such employers such as:

    • Little Pollen Street
    • The Ritz
    • Mandarin Oriental
    • The Rear Window
  • Progression opportunities

    This course will lead to:

    • University degree
    • Employment
    • Progression within existing employment
  • Alumni

    Waltham Forest College is a vibrant and aspirational college and will support you to reach your career aspirations. Last year 96% of learners progressed onto a positive destination either to higher levels of study, employment, or an Apprenticeship.

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