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Professional Cookery

QQI Level 5 Major Award (5M2088) in Professional Cookery


This one year course in Professional Cookery combines practical and theoretical modules, designed to enable the learner to secure long-term employment within the catering industry or to progress to Higher Education. Students have the opportunity to gain a solid grounding in areas such as food and beverage services, food preparation and kitchen health and safety. In addition they will experience the highly energetic and creative environments of the hospitality sector.

This course gives students over the age of 18 the possibility to be selected for an Erasmus+ European Mobility Exchange placement (subject to funding).

Entry Requirements

•    Leaving Certificate standard, or
•    Leaving Certificate Applied, or
•    QQI/FETAC Level 4 award, or
•    Others, including mature students are assessed individually, and
•    Relevant prior experience, and
•    Personal interview

Principal Area of Study

Menu Planning and Applied Nutrition, Culinary Techniques, Pastry, Baking and Desserts, Meal Service, International Cuisines, HACCP Food Safety, Food Science and Technology, Work Practice, Personal Effectiveness and Word Processing.


QQI, EHOA (Environmental Health Offices Association)

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.


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