Professional Cookery (Preparation and Cooking) SVQ3

What is special about this course?

Learn while you work with Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs). Modern apprenticeships in Scotland are available for people who are aged over 16 and in employment. With on-the-job training and regular meetings in the workplace you can gain a recognised qualification without studying full-time.  Funding for MAs can be gained from Skills Development Scotland.

If you want to earn and learn and further develop your chef skills in the workplace, this is the course for you.  Work based learning allows you to develop skills and knowledge and therefore gain a qualification whilst you are working in the kitchen.

The hospitality industry never stops, so will be of interest for those who are hard working and want an exciting, fast-paced career.  It may be difficult to get time off to study so this offers an opportunity to develop your kitchen skills to a more advanced level and gain a qualification, investing in yourself for the future.

Entry requirements

Potential students must be working in a kitchen environment.

The course is made up of sixteen units and we will help you navigate your options to fit into your workplace.

This qualification gives you a good grounding in the skills and knowledge required by the chef.  You may study preparation/cooking and finishing of a selection of units including complex fish, meat, poultry, vegetables, sauces, soups, bakery, pastry and desserts.  You will also study food hygiene, health and safety and team working.

Modern apprentice route: You will also study five core skills (communications, working with others, problem solving, information technology and numeracy), REHIS Intermediate Food Hygiene and REHIS Intermediate Health and Safety (or equivalent).

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Work based

How long will my course last?

18 Months

Work based

Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

Start date



Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of the course you may apply to progress onto other work or college based qualifications including HNC Professional Cookery.

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Perth College UHI. Perth College UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.