Professional Cookery HNC

Course code 122N

What is special about this course?

If you are an aspiring chef and would like to develop your skills and knowledge in professional cookery and kitchen management, the HNC Professional Cookery is a great place to start.

You will experience advanced, modern cookery techniques and look at food product development. The training environment is learner-centred and focuses on current industry standards.

Special features

  • You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal and professional circumstances


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above OR
  • Professional Chef Awards: Silver (incorporating SCQF level 5 Professional Cookery) or Gold (incorporating SCQF level 6 Professional Cookery) OR
  • NC Hospitality
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply
  • You may be invited to attend an interview

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Food classification and purchase
  • Food hygiene: intermediate
  • Hospitality: financial and control systems
  • Hospitality supervision
  • Professional cookery: graded unit 1

Option units may include:

  • Hospitality industry
  • Industrial experience in the hospitality industry
  • Management of human resources in the hospitality industry 
  • Pastry
  • Patisserie
  • Production cookery: cold kitchen
  • Production cookery: hot kitchen
  • Production cookery: sweets and desserts

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom, and practical sessions in the kitchen and restaurants

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • North, West and Hebrides
  • Orkney College UHI - part-time study only
  • Perth

Start date

  • September


Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

Additional costs

To participate in the practical kitchen activities, you will be required to purchase a College uniform at the start of term, which will cost approximately £150.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your course in professional cookery you might want to consider employment at supervisory level such as sous chef or as a chef de partie.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the HND Professional Cookery with Management, then on to the BA (Hons) Hospitality Management.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Professional Cookery HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2023

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.