Qualification Information

Sector: Hospitality and Catering Category: Kitchen
VTCT Product Code: AT30377 GLH: 785 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/4803/7 Units: 12 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 100

Additional Information


The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery is an occupational qualification that will prepare learners for a career as a chef in a professional kitchen. This qualification is based on national standards and is formally supported by a range of hospitality businesses and the Institute of Hospitality - a professional body recognised in over 100 countries with a responsibility for promoting quality standards and education across the breadth of hospitality sectors.

This qualification is suitable for 16-19 year old learners and builds on existing knowledge and skills of professional cookery to prepare learners for a career as a chef.

This qualification has 12 mandatory units that will develop a range of advanced skills and techniques to produce meat, poultry and game, fish and shellfish dishes and hot, cold and frozen desserts, fermented dough and batter products and paste products. Food safety supervision is also included to ensure learners understand the importance of kitchen organisation and food safety. A full list of mandatory units and qualification structure can be found on page 4 of the Record of Assessment book (RoA) book.

Career Opportunities

Learners who complete this qualification will be able to seek employment as a professional chef in a variety of contexts, including:
- Hotels
- Restaurants
- Pubs and Gastro pubs
- HM Prisons
- Hospitals/care homes
- Visitor attractions
- Cruise liners

Qualification Structure

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 12 components and earn a minimum of 100 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV31163 A/601/6565 Produce petits fours 3 6 56
UV31168 D/600/9155 Advanced skills and techniques in producing meat dishes 3 17 140
UV31176 H/600/9156 Advanced skills and techniques in producing poultry and game dishes 3 14 110
UV31178 J/600/9151 Supervisory skills in the hospitality industry 3 8 30
UV31179 J/601/6567 Produce hot, cold and frozen desserts 3 6 50
UV31181 K/502/3775 The principles of food safety supervision for catering 3 3 25
UV31186 K/601/6562 Produce paste products 3 4 38
UV31190 L/600/9152 Practical gastronomy 3 11 60
UV31191 L/601/6568 Produce fermented dough and batter products 3 4 37
UV31193 M/600/9158 Advanced skills and techniques in producing fish and shellfish dishes 3 12 100
UV31196 R/600/9153 Advanced skills and techniques in producing vegetable and vegetarian dishes 3 9 90
UV31197 R/601/6569 Produce biscuits, cakes and sponges 3 6 49

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.


*To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

Centres approved to run this qualification

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NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Milton Keynes College 01908 637238 Visit website Buckinghamshire - Milton Keynes
Truro College 01872 267000 Visit website Cornwall
Trafford College (Altrincham Campus) 01618867046 Visit website Greater Manchester - Trafford
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Eastleigh College 023 8091 1028 Visit website Hampshire
Oaklands College - St Albans Campus 01727 737000 Visit website Hertfordshire
North Lindsey College 01724 281111 Visit website Lincolnshire - North Lincolnshire
University of West London 020 8579 5000 Visit website London - Ealing
Excellence-Solutions Limited T/A The Trade Academy 0845 467 7754 Visit website London - Waltham Forest
Bath College 01225 312191 Visit website Somerset - Bath and North East Somerset
Weston College 01934 411411 Visit website Somerset - North Somerset
Guildford College of Further and Higher Education 01483 448500 Visit website Surrey
Swindon College 01793 491591 Visit website Wiltshire
Guernsey College of Further Education 01481 737500 Visit website Guernsey
SG Akademi (M) Sdn Bhd member of SG Education Group Ltd +603-40411266 Visit website Malaysia
Coleg Cambria - Deeside Campus 0300 303 0007 Visit website Flintshire