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Level 1 Award/Certificate in Culinary Skills

If you have a passion for food and would like a career in professional cookery, this year-long, nationally recognised qualification will help you develop the skills and knowledge that this fast-paced industry requires. You will train in our professional standard kitchens studying techniques in preparing and cooking different kinds of dishes and investigating their cookery methods. You'll also gain an insight to the hospitality and catering industry as well as health and safety and food safety.


An exciting course that will give you the skills, confidence and motivation to work in an industry that is increasingly popular. The units are designed for you to have the basic skill and knowledge to work in any professional kitchen. All learners will complete Functional Skills dependent on their GCSE grades. Below is a taste of some of the skill units you will achieve:

  • Preparing and cooking food by boiling, poaching and steaming
  • Preparing and cooking food by stewing and braising
  • Preparing and cooking food by baking, roasting and grilling
  • Preparing and cooking food by deep and shallow frying

Course Leader profiles

Cathy Rumsam

I have over 25 years of practical experience within this industry and have worked in a variety of catering establishments including: hotels, restaurants, hospitals and school meals. 

As an enthusiastic and experienced lecturer within Cuisine 1893, I strive to always keep a positive attitude and to inspire my learners to make the most of their opportunities and look to fully prepare them for their future careers in becoming competent chefs in the future.

I have been involved in an active teaching role for over 15 years and feel extremely passionate about my teaching and learning. Recently, I assisted and advised in the design, structure and set up of the state of the art Cuisine 1893.

I take great pride in facilitating my learners to achieve their full potential whilst studying this successful, innovative and thriving College.

Simon Taylor

I began my career at Calderdale College in November 2012 as a Catering Technician and recently joined the team as a Professional Chef Tutor. Prior to this I had set up and run a multi-site catering company in Sheffield, incorporating a coffee bar and cafe, outside catering arm and a franchise at a high end private members golf club.

After university, I worked for 5 years at Shugborough Hall (ancestral seat of the Earls of Lichfield) where I held various different positions including a stint as assistant butler. This experience was one of the best ways I could have imagined to further my knowledge of fine food and wine.

With a lifelong passion for culinary, it is a great pleasure to be involved with the next generation as they begin their own kitchen odyssey.

Entry Requirements

Students must possess 4 GCSEs at grade D or grade 3 or above to include Maths and English. Applicants will be interviewed and asked to complete a dexterity assessment. Applicants will be expected to find a work placement for at least one day a week.

Interview Process

Interviews will be held with the specialist tutor. You will be required to bring in any previous qualifications and experience. The interview process involves a formal interview as well as a skills test.

Questions & Answers

What will be studied?

As well as studying for this qualification you will also be studying functional skills and employability skills.

How is the course assessed?

VRQs are broken down into Craft and Non-Craft Units. Craft units are assessed by short answer questions for knowledge and, for practical skills, a series of tests in both pastry and kitchen and larder disciplines.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

This qualification will provide you with the basic skill and knowledge to be self-sufficient and/or work in a professional kitchen. The ideal route would be either to progress onto VRQ Level 2 Professional Cookery or an NVQ in Professional Cookery Apprenticeship.

Functional Skills



Before Enrolment

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During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

Home Educated Young People

Young people aged 14-16 who are home educated can now access college courses free of charge to enhance their education. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available please contact the School Liaison Team on 01422 399332.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 15 hours per week
  • Days: Monday - Friday
  • Start Time: To be confirmed
  • End Time: To be confirmed
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course Fees: This course is free for students age 16 - 18. For students 19+ please contact our Student Services Team In most cases students aged 18 and under who wish to enrol on a full time further education course will have their fees waived. Students who are aged 19 and over and who wish to enrol on a full time course should contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for more information.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Creative, Digital and Enterprise
  • Department Manager: Robin Smith


  • Level: Level 1
  • Qualification Name: Level 1 Cerificate in Introduction to Culinary Skills
  • Awarding Body: City & Guilds

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