City & Guilds VRQ Diploma Level 2 in
Professional Cookery Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 5

A vocationally focused qualification for those who want to work as a professional chef in the catering and hospitality industries.


Why take this course?

This vocationally-focused qualification is designed by City & Guilds for those who are currently working or want to work as a professional chef in the catering and hospitality industry, and will build on your existing skills so that you can develop and refine your culinary techniques.

What you will experience

You will look at kitchen operations, costs and menu planning, as well as healthy foods and special diets. When it comes to the practical side of things, you’ll learn to prepare stocks, soups, sauces, meat, fish, shellfish, rice, pasta, baking, desserts and puddings! You’ll also gain a valuable insight into working in the industry.

Students in chef whites in kitchen

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have National 4, Intermediate 1 or Standard Grade Foundation/General level qualifications, and have achieved an introductory non-advanced cookery course such as Introduction to Professional Cookery.

Applications are also welcomed from those with relevant work experience, but the 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

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course 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.

  • Basic Food Operative
  • Catering Assistant
  • Kitchen Assistant

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.

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


Places are still available on this course, which started in August 2019. Please see below for your options.

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.