City & Guilds VRQ Diploma Level 3 in
Advanced Professional Cookery Equivalent to SCQF Level 6

This vocationally focused qualification is designed to develop your culinary abilities to an advanced level.


Why take this course?

This vocationally-focused qualification is designed to develop your culinary skills and techniques so that you are working at an advanced level – ready for entering the workplace as a confident and able professional.

What you will experience

You will learn to produce high level dishes using vegetables, meat, poultry, game, fish and shellfish, whilst studying practical gastronomy and food safety in depth. You will also build on your supervisory skills – essential for effective and efficient work in a professional kitchen environment.

Students in chef whites in kitchen

Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study
1 Year

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for those who have National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit level qualifications that have completed a related course such as Professional Cookery.

Applications are also welcomed from those who have worked for a chef for some time and have a lot of experience in the industry, but want to further develop their skills and abilities.

Please note that this course is not suitable for school leavers.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College


Employment opportunities are widespread in the hospitality and catering industries with roles available in fine dining, hotels, restaurants, commercial catering and tourism. Many will secure roles such as:

  • Assistant Chef
  • Chef
  • Chef de Partie
  • Commis Chef
  • Cook
  • Junior Chef
  • Pastry Chef
  • Sous Chef

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.