This course is ideal for those looking for a career in professional cookery and who will lead a team in the future. Producing highly technical dishes, you will develop your cookery skills and confidence while working in the professional kitchen. Building on skills at level 6 you will study both practical and theory subjects. You should have a passion for food.   

You will develop knowledge and skills that are required by a supervisor in this fast paced environment. You should have a passion for food. This course can articulate on to degree courses at Abertay University and the University of the Highlands and Islands. This course can lead to a career as a home economics teacher with degree study.

  • Problem solving
  • Working in teams
  • Analysing and evaluation 
  • Organisational skills 
  • Supervising others
  • One year full-time – including one evening per week
  • Part-time (one day per week over two years)
  • Professional Cookery: Practical.
  • Professional Cookery: Knowledge.
  • Hospitality: Financial Control Systems.
  • Food Hygiene Intermediate.
  • Hospitality Supervision.
  • Professional Cookery: Graded Unit 1.

One of the following:

  • Advanced Certificate: Professional Cookery with a minimum of 12 SQA credits (8 at SCQF Level 6)
  • SVQ: Professional Cookery SCQF Level 6 with a minimum of 12 SQA credits (8 at SCQF Level 6)
  • Relevant industry experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis


  • Portfolio of practical evidence
  • Positive Internal Learner Reference (ILR)

Fife College has defined articulation routes in place for this course

  • Year 2 of HND: Professional Cookery SCQF Level 8
  • Year 2 of BSc Food and Consumer Studies at Abertay University
  • Year 2 of BSc Food, Nutrition and Health at Abertay University
  • BA (Hons) Food, Nutrition and Textile Education at the University of the Highlands and Islands
  • Chef
  • Chef de partie
  • Assistant chef
  • Cook
  • Junior Sous chef
  • Assistant food and beverage manager
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise
  • Portfolio of dishes