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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Culinary Arts (Professional Cookery) Level 6 

PLSS Code 370129 | Course Fees €318

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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).

Entry Requirements

In general you need to have a minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate (Home Economics is a mandatory subject) or its equivalent.  Applications are welcome from students with Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or FETAC Level 4 qualifications.  Exceptions can be made where special circumstances apply on a case by case basis.  The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be considered as meeting the entry requirement for most courses.

What Will I 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 Systems and Work Practice

What Qualifications Will I Get When I Finish The Course?

QQI Professional Cookery 6M2099 NFQ Level 6

Career Opportunities and Progression

There are approximately forty Higher Education Institutions including Universities, Institutes of Technology and private colleges offering places on a range of courses to QQI full award certificate holders. QQI’s information page Going to higher education using my QQI Award provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.

Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit visit

Full awards can also be used for graduates' progression to Further Education level 6 courses -  visit for further information. Full awards can also be used for entry to UK, European and International universities, on a case-by-case basis. Full information can be found here.

Graduates regularly secure employment in a range of hotels and restaurants, including those of five-star standard, at home and abroad.

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   Routes for this Course


This course will allow selected students to take advantage of a work experience programme abroad in another European country.  The opportunity to work/study abroad will enhance your college experience and boost your career opportunities. You will receive Erasmus+ funding which will enable you to participate on the work experience programme.


1 Year

Places on our fulltime PLC programmes are available free of charge to VTOS applicants

Coláiste Íde College of Further Education Cardiffsbridge Road, Finglas West, Dublin 11

T 01 834 2333 / 01 834 2450 F 01 834 7242 E W

Funded by the Irish Government and supported by the European Union.

Colaiste Ide College of Further Education European Regional Development Fund Ireland's EU Structural Funds Solas CDETB - City of Dublin Education & Training Board