Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to Culinary Skills (QCF)
About this course
If you’re interested in a career in catering and cookery and you enjoy cooking for yourself, friends and family, or planning menus then a career in the industry could be for you. This course will give you a good introduction to the catering industry and will help you to develop basic practical skills in food preparation and food service, as well as developing the knowledge and theoretical understanding to support these skills.  
Work experience is a mandatory requirement which can be in a placement of your choice.
What will I learn?

Students will complete the following units:

  • Food Safety
  • Basic food preparation and cooking
  • Introduction to personal workplace skills
  • Health and safety and food safety awareness in catering
  • Introduction to kitchen equipment
  • Applying for jobs and courses
  • Preparing for work placement
  • Investigating rights and responsibilities at work
  • Learning from work placement
  • Serving food and drink
  • Basic food preparation
Entry requirements
4 GCSEs at grade E (2) or equivalent, to include English and maths
A good reference
A satisfactory interview
Study, assessment and qualifications

Each unit is assessed by a separate assignment.

The assignments cover the practical activities for all outcomes and will also sample underpinning knowledge to verify coverage of the unit.

Final qualification: Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to Culinary Skills (QCF)

Additional costs and information
You will need a uniform and a kit which includes books and safety shoes for this course; order forms will be sent out with the induction pack.
In cases of financial hardship funds may be available to help with the cost of this.
Additional expenses may be incurred through competition work and educational activities.
You will be able to take home some food items at a small charge. 
What could I do next?
On completion of this qualification students can progress onto the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Professional Cookery or a Level 2 apprenticeship in Professional Cookery or Food and Beverage Services.
If seeking employment you could become:
  • a general kitchen assistant
  • trainee chef
  • front of house staff