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Professional Cookery

Course Description

This programme will present learners with the opportunity to develop practical culinary skills and an understanding of the requirements to work in the hospitality industry. Students will also develop an understanding of menu planning and meal service. On completion of this programme students will have the option to progress to direct employment or progress to further training.

Course Duration

One Year

Course Content

Year 1

  • Culinary Techniques
  • Food Science and Technology
  • International Cuisine
  • Meal Service
  • Menu Planning and Applied Nutrition
  • Pastry Baking and Desserts
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Word Processing
  • Work Practice

Awarding Body

QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for On-Line Applicants:

  • Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA or a level 4 certificate
  • or have reached the age of 18. 
  • Mature student

If the criteria above does not apply, you may be called for an information interview to secure a place on the programme.

Work Experience

Work experience forms an integral part of this KCFE programme.  Students participate in quality placements allowing a valuable opportunity to gain hands on experience in industry.  Links made with employers during work experience often result in employment.

Career Opportunities

Students who complete this course successfully can enter the work force in a huge variety of diverse roles. Options may include Hotels, restaurants , Bars as well as various hospitality industry settings.

Progression to Further Education and Higher Education 
Alternatively graduates may opt to advance to Culinary Arts or related degrees at various institutes of Technology.  

Course Fees

All students are required to pay the €10 application fee and €150 registration fee. Both of these fees are non-refundable. Students are also required to pay the €200 Government Levy (exemptions with valid medical card or evidence that you qualify for Maintenance Grant/Back to Education Allowance). Additional course specific fees will apply. Details of course specific fees are available on request from college office or when you apply online.


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Professional Cookery - 5M2008


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