QQI Level 6 Major award (6M2099) in Professional Cookery
This one-year advanced course equips students with the skills and knowledge required to pursue a career in the catering industry. Students have the opportunity to gain a solid grounding in areas such as Culinary Techniques, Health and Safety, and Producing a Culinary Event. In addition, they will experience the highly energetic and creative environments of the hospitality sector.
Each week of term, students spend three days in college and two days on work placement. The College has developed strong working relationships with the Irish Hotel Federation (IHF), and the Restaurant Association of Ireland (RAI), promoting continued employment opportunities for our graduates.
This course gives students over the age of 18 the possibility to be selected for an Erasmus+ European Mobility Exchange placement (subject to funding).
• Leaving Certificate: Five passes at Ordinary Level (minimum two honours); Home Economics is a mandatory subject, or
• QQI/FETAC Level 5 award, or
• Others, including mature students are assessed individually, and
• Personal interview
Principal Area of Study
Culinary Techniques, Pastry, Baking and Desserts, Menu Design and Applied Nutrition, International Cuisines, Producing a Culinary Event, Gastronomy, Culinary Food Safety Management, Hospitality Business Management and Work Practice
Career Opportunities and Progression
This course offers progression options for learners to programmes in Universities and Institutes of Technology. Third-level institutes reserve a number of places on degree courses for mature learners (over the age of 23). Learners must apply to each institute individually.
Learners who complete this major QQI award at Level 5 are eligible to apply through the CAO system for entry into participating courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS). A limited number of places are available and applicants are ranked according to results achieved in their QQI major award.
Graduates regularly secure employment in a range of hotels and restaurants, including those of five-star standard, at home and abroad.