Introduction to Professional Cookery SCQF 4 (Stornoway) NQ

What is special about this course?

The Introduction to Professional Cookery at SCQF level 4 is designed to equip learners with the skills and knowledge required to progress onto the National Certificate (NC) in Professional Cookery at SCQF level 5 or to seek employment in the hospitality and catering industry. On completion, learners will be able to make informed decisions on suitable progression routes that match their abilities, aspirations, and goals.

Entry requirements

Learners who may be interested in pursuing a career in the catering industry but who do not necessarily have prior experience

Additionally, adult learners who have no formal qualifications and/or have been out of the labour market for a period of time, may benefit from this course.

Food Preparation Techniques: An Introduction

This unit enables learners to develop knowledge and skills in basic food preparation techniques, identifying equipment, and preparation terms.

The unit is suitable for ‘new starts’ and adult returners with appropriate prior experience.

Cookery Processes: An Introduction

The purpose of this unit is to enable learners to develop the knowledge and skills needed to prepare, cook, hold and/or serve food safely, in compliance with food safety legislation.

Food Hygiene for the Hospitality Industry (SCQF level 4)

This unit is part of a progressive suite of units in food hygiene at SCQF levels 3–6.

Craft Baking: An Introduction

This unit will introduce learners to craft baking. Learners will learn about basic food hygiene, health and safety issues, ingredient storage, equipment, and terminology, while preparing, baking, and finishing a range of bakery goods. It is suitable for learners who have no previous experience of baking.

Professional Cookery: Practical

This unit is designed to enable learners to develop a basic level of practical skills in:

        The handling and care of knives

        Preparation techniques and the use of kitchen equipment

        Cooking processes for a wide range of ingredients

        Preparation and cooking of dishes to meet specific dietary requirements


This unit is designed to enable learners to develop a basic level of knowledge and practical skills in pastry work. This unit will introduce learners to the ingredients and methods used to produce a range of simple pastry items. Learners will also investigate common faults that can occur when making different types of pastry and how to remedy these.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Face to face in our Stornoway campus training kitchens. 

Where can I study my course?

    • Stornoway


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

On Successful completion candidates can progress onto NC in Professional Cookery at SCQF level 5, or seek employment in the hospitality and catering industry, eg as a trainee commis chef/apprentice.

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