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Food preparation level 2

Food Preparation and Service, Technical Certificate, Level 2

  • 2

    Level 2

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2020

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2020, Full Time


This qualification covers a range of topics that will allow learners to develop their professional cookery knowledge both in theory lessons but also in practical. Learners will be involved in running the Debut Café and will develop their customer service skills in a realistic working environment.
The units to be covered are;

  • Safe working practices for the hospitality industry
  • Introduction to the structure of professional cookery
  • Tools and equipment that are used in professional kitchens
  • Boiling, poaching and steaming
  • Stewing and braising
  • Baking, roasting and grilling
  • Deep frying and shallow frying
  • Producing cold food products
    It is very practical, and students will learn a lot of the theory whilst in practical lessons.
    This course also has an additional food service qualification which will develop customer service and Barista skills. Students also need to complete work experience as part of the course.

Why Our College?

Award Winning Facilities

Our Debut Restaurant holds a AA Gold Standard Accreditation – the highest level a training restaurant can achieve – and is seen as an example of best practice in the UK.

Excellent Progression

Our students gain the skills required to progress on to some of the most notable destinations including The Savoy and The Ritz.

Catering for the Royal Family

Our students have catered for The Queen at Sandringham House, The Earl of Wessex and The Duchess of Cambridge.

Entry Requirements

2 Gcse’s at C /4 or above and Maths and English at minimum grade 3
Maths and English GCSE will be timetabled in if they are yet to be achieved.


It will give you the skills and knowledge you need to work with minimum supervision and a recognised qualification when you successfully complete the course


There is an externally marked theory exam in March and one retake in the May and a synoptic practical exam in April, which is marked in college but graded by City and Guilds.


Level 3 Technical certificate in professional cookery.

Career Progression

Successful students may also move into an apprenticeship or full time employment within the industry.


If you are under 19 years old on the 31st August prior to the start of your course, your registration and tuition fees will be funded by the government. There will be additional costs for uniform and equipment. You can use pre-existing uniform and equipment if it is in an acceptable condition. Costs are approximately £226. Financial support could be available depending on your circumstances. Please check our Finance pages for fee information and any financial help that may be available.