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Cookery – NCFE Entry 3 Award

Course aim

This course will cover basic cooking and serving techniques as well as how to work hygienically and safely in a kitchen.

Will I gain a qualification on this course?

Yes. NCFE Entry Level Award in Creative Craft – Cookery Skills.

Course length

This course lasts for 20 guided learning hours.

Please check the BAES web site www.learnbaes.ac.uk or BAES Learning Directory, visit or telephone one of our adult learning centres for details of start and end dates.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who wants to learn about the basic techniques and equipment required to be able to produce basic and nutritious dishes, and who may wish to go on to study at higher levels.

Entry requirements

You will not need to have any experience of cooking. The course also involves taking notes, weighing and measuring, so 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.

What will I learn?

  • A variety of preparation techniques including chopping skills,
  • How to present and display food
  • How to cook using different methods
  • Health and safety awareness
  • About employment opportunities in the catering industry

How will I learn?

  • Your tutor will demonstrate techniques which you will practice and experiment with
  • You will prepare and cook basic meals
  • You will produce a portfolio showing pictures of your meals and dishes

What could this course lead to?

It could lead to further courses in cookery techniques at Beginners Level, or a qualification in cookery at Level 1. It may also help you to get an interview for a job in catering.

Your responsibilities as a learner on this course

To ensure that you gain maximum benefit from your course you will need to attend all sessions, be punctual, and bring the correct materials or ingredients to each session.

Important information

  • The course fees for this qualification do not cover the cost of equipment and materials such as protective clothing.
  • You will need to spend between £5.00 - £7.00 on ingredients for the sessions when you are cooking
  • For the first session you will need pen, writing pad and a leaver-arch folder
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