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:
- Food hygiene
- Food product knowledge
- Food production and presentation
- Fish and shellfish
- Hospitality costing
- Organisation of practical skills
- Numeracy, IT and communication
- Restaurant food production with menu planning
During the course you will undertake a period of in-company work experience or work placement to develop your skills.
What qualifications do I need?
You'll need to have completed NC, NQ or SVQ Professional Cookery (SCQF level 5), or have work experience in catering. 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 work as a sous chef, pastry chef or cook.
You could also develop your skills further by studying another course, such as:
- HNC Professional Cookery
- Professional Cookery/Patisserie Level 7
- Modern Apprenticeship
Duration: 36 weeks/2.5 days per week