Professional Cookery SCQF 5 (Dornoch, Fort William, Thurso and Stornoway) SVQ

What is special about this course?

Our SVQ Professional Cookery SCQF 5 will help you master the fundamentals of professional cookery, ensuring a solid foundation for your culinary journey!

In this programme, you will build upon your existing skills, learning more about food production and presentation. Full-time students will also have the opportunity to embark on a work placement, providing invaluable hands-on experience. 

The course offers students a unique learning experience by immersing them in real-world culinary environments within our college restaurants, which are open to the public. You'll have the opportunity to work side by side with our seasoned chefs, gaining hands-on experience in the preparation of delicious meals at the Cafe at Morven or Flagstones restaurant in Thurso, Burghfield training restaurant in Dornoch or Croft Bistro in Stornoway.

Entry requirements

  • Two National 5 qualifications and Three National 4s
  • Applicants who are successful on SVQ Professional Cookery SCQF 4 will be considered
  • Work experience in a kitchen will be an advantage
  • Maintain food safety in a kitchen environment
  • Maintain health and safety in Hospitality
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic meat dishes
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic hot sauces
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic fish dishes
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic pastry products
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic poultry dishes
  • Prepare, cook and finish vegetables 
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic soups
  • Prepare, cook and finish desserts
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic cakes, sponges, biscuits and scones
  • Work effectively as part of a Hospitality team
  • Maintain and handle knives
  • Set up and close the kitchen


How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Flexible
  • Day release

Students will attend their local campus in Dornoch, Fort William, Stornoway and Thurso learning in our professional training kitchens.
Full-time students may have the opportunity of a work placement in a local Hospitality business.

How long will my course last?

1 year full-time, longer part-time.

Where can I study my course?

    • Dornoch
    • Fort William
    • Stornoway
    • Thurso

Start date

September - June


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Employment as a commis chef or assistant cook within the hospitality industry
  • You could also apply to study the SVQ Professional Cookery SCQF 6 and then progress onto HNC Professional Cookery

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