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Professional Cookery - Advanced Certificate

Course Code(s):  6M2099
QQI Award Code:  6M2099 Professional Cookery
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Dunboyne 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 course is designed to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skills and competence to work using a range of specialised skills in a professional kitchen. The course provides the student with an opportunity to obtain experience in a wide range of specialised areas such as food and beverage services, bakeries, and busy restaurants while gaining a sound general knowledge in areas needed to function in the hotel and catering environment.

What will you Study?

What is Advanced certificate in Professional Cookery?

This course is designed to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skills and competence to work using a range of specialised skills in a professional kitchen. The course provides the student with an opportunity to obtain experience in a wide range of specialised areas such as food and beverage services, bakeries, and busy restaurants while gaining a sound general knowledge in areas needed to function in the hotel and catering environment. This course leads to a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery and includes the modules Culinary Techniques, Menu Design and Applied Nutrition, Culinary Food Safety Management, Gastronomy, Culinary Event, Hospitality Business, International Cuisine, Work Experience, and Pastry Baking and Desserts.

 

Culinary Techniques
Menu Design and Applied Nutrition
Culinary Food Safety Management
Gastronomy
Culinary Event
Hospitality Business
International Cuisine
Work Experience
Pastry Baking and Desserts
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.

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Hotel General Manager   Hospitality Manager  
Travel Agency Manager   Conference & Banqueting/ Event Co-ordinator  
Hotel Sales & Marketing Manager   Spa Manager  
Sous Chef   Pastry Chef   
Restaurant / Catering Manager   Commis Chef  
Chef   Sommelier  
Tour Guide   Travel Courier / Resort Representative  
Leisure Centre Manager   Bar Manager / Publican  

Related Career Sectors

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Tourism & Hospitality
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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