Course Overview

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery is ideal if you aspire to a career as a chef in a professional kitchen.

The qualification is based on the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for professional cookery and includes all the elements required for you to work effectively as a professional chef.

Course Structure

You will study six Mandatory Units:

  • Planning for Preparing, Cooking and Finishing Dishes
  • Food Safety for Catering
  • Advanced Meat and offal
  • Advanced Poultry and game
  • Advanced Fish and Shellfish
  • Advanced Vegetable and Vegetarian Dishes.

You will also study:

  • Hot Sauces, Cold Sauces and Dressings
  • Fresh Pasta Dishes.

The course will include compulsory trips that you will be required to attend.

You will also be required to attend some twilight and evening sessions.



Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but ideally you should have successfully completed a Level 2 qualification in Professional Cookery.

English and/or Mathematics will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at grade 4 or above in these subjects when you start your course.


As a professional chef, you could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts including:

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Pubs and gastro pubs
  • Visitor attractions
  • HM prisons
  • Hospitals and care homes
  • Cruise liners.

Things You May Need

You will be required to purchase and wear a uniform and buy some equipment such as knives. All the necessary uniform can be purchased from the Department throughout July, August and September.


Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088214.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our team.
Tel: 01274 088214
Email: [email protected].