Hospitality & Professional Cookery
Why study at West?
Start your journey to an exciting career in the Hospitality industry at West by joining one of our Professional Cookery courses at Level 4, 5 or 6.
Studying at West you’ll have access to state-of-the-art learning facilities. Our professional training kitchens, restaurants and production kitchens will develop your practical skills and knowledge and provide you with real work experiences equipping you for industry.
You’ll be supported by our highly trained and experienced professional staff who are current with all the latest techniques and food trends in this fast moving and ever evolving industry.
Our Team will deliver to you a blend of academic, theory and practical skills setting you on a route to a fulfilling career.
Graduates from our courses have gone on to work in prestigious 5-star hotels such as Gleneagles, Trump Turnberry, Marr Hall, and Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh. While many of our students have found employment in local restaurants and catering establishments or gone onto set up their own business helping to boost the local economy.
About the Industry
The hospitality industry is one of the main pillars of the Scottish economy and is a major economic driver in almost every part of the country. Hospitality directly employs over 220,000 people – 8.6% of jobs and contributes £6 billion annually to our economy.
This extensive industry is made up from a diverse range of private sectors businesses including, hotels, restaurants, café`s, bistro`s, take-aways, pubs, clubs and cruise ships. Hospital and School Catering are a few within the public sector.
What will I learn?
You'll learn about:
- Cookery processes
- Food hygiene
- Food preparation techniques
- Stocks and sauces
- Hospitality: Organisation of practical skills
- Pastry and desserts
- Meat and poultry
- Service of food and drink
- Provide a counter/take-away service
What qualifications do I need?
You don't need formal qualifications for a place on this course however previous hospitality industry experience or qualifications, such as an NQ or NPA in Professional Cookery (SCQF level 4) will help in undertaking the course.
For a place on the course you'll need to attend an interview.
What can I do after?
After successfully completing this course you'll have the skills needed to get an entry level role in the food, cookery and hospitality industry, for example as a commis chef or food service assistant.
Or you could develop your skills further by studying another course, such as:
- NQ Professional Cookery (SCQF level 6)
- January Start Professional Cookery Level 6
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