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Cookery – The Basics – Beginners

Course aim

The course will cover basic skills and cooking techniques, as well as the nutritional value of ingredients that you will need to make simple healthy dishes.

Course length

35 hours – usually 14 weekly sessions of 2.5 hours.

Who is this course for?

Those who have little or no experience in cooking, but would like to learn how to cook basic, nutritious meals and dishes.

Will I gain any qualifications?

No, this is a non-accredited course.

Do I need any knowledge, skills or qualifications?

As the course involves taking notes, as well as weighing and measuring, you will need to have basic levels of English and maths. You will have a short initial assessment at the start of the course to ensure that it is suitable for you.

Course content

You will learn about:

  • basic techniques of baking, frying and boiling
  • understanding of nutritional needs and healthy diets
  • how to prepare and make basic main meals and dishes from recipes
  • awareness of food hygiene and safety issues in the kitchen
  • how to use kitchen equipment correctly and safely
  • knowledge of job opportunities in the catering sector.

What could this course lead to?

This course could lead to short courses in other cooking techniques at Beginners level. You may also consider a Level 1 or a Level 2 course in Food Safety.

How will I learn?

You will learn through:

  • tutor demonstration and instruction
  • practical experimentation
  • cooking a range of basic dishes
  • producing a small portfolio containing recipes, techniques learned and images of  the dishes that you have made.

Your commitment as a learner

To achieve success on the course you will need to attend regularly, and on time. If you need to miss a class, please let us know in advance.

You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set. You will be expected to complete all assessments and complete the full course.

What materials or equipment will I need to provide?

You will need to spend between £3 - £7 on ingredients for the sessions when you are cooking. For the first session you will only need to bring a pen, writing pad and folder. The tutor will demonstrate the dish or meal that learners will cook in the second session.

You will need to wear appropriate protective clothing whilst in the training kitchen, including a full length apron or white overall and protective head covering such as a clean headscarf or hat.

Important - the course fees for this qualification do not cover the cost of equipment and materials such as protective clothing.

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