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Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

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Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Colaiste Ide College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code 6M2099
QQI Award Code 6M2099 Professional Cookery
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one year course offers students the opportunities to achieve a career in the Catering industry. The course provides the student with an opportunity to obtain experience in a wide range of specialised areas such as Culinary Techniques, Health and Safety, Producing a Culinary Event while at the same time obtaining a sound general knowledge in areas needed to function in the hotel and catering environment. Each week 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). This course gives students over the age of 18 the possibility to be selected for an Erasmus + European mobility exchange (subject to funding).

What will you Study?

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.

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
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
6M2099

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