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Professional Cookery

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 the possibility to be selected for an Erasmus+ European Mobility Exchange placement (subject to funding). VTOS provides general education and training opportunities for unemployed adults, by enabling them to retain their Social Welfare entitlements whilst in full-timestudy.

Entry Requirements

•    QQI/FETAC Level-5 award, and
•    Relevant prior experience, and
•    English Language Assessment, 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/Progression

This one-year programme qualifies graduates to seek employment in hotel, catering and hospitality industries. Students may also progress to further study at third level. Graduates regularly secure employment in a range of hotels and restaurants, including those of five- star standard, at home and abroad. They may also progress to further study at third level.  Graduates are eligible for advanced entry to Institutes of Technology.


1 Year

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