Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: HC2D6 GLH: 380 Age Restriction: 15
Qualification Number: 603/0191/0 Units: 16 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2021
Level: 2

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 04 December 2019



Statement of purpose


Who is this qualification for?


The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery is a Technical Certificate qualification aimed at 16-18 learners who are in a full-time education programme and wish to develop the skills and knowledge needed to begin a career as a junior or commis chef in a professional kitchen.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

What does this qualification cover?


This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for professional cookery and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a junior or commis chef. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:

- The catering and hospitality industry
- Food and safety hygiene in the kitchen
- Planning and preparing for service
- Menu planning and costing
- Meat and offal
- Poultry
- Fish and shellfish
- Vegetables and vegetable dishes
- Stocks and soups
- Pastry and bakery products
- Desserts
- Farinaceous and egg dishes
- Biscuits, cakes and sponges

Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant health and safety and how to plan for the preparation, cooking and finishing of a variety of dishes. Learners will develop knowledge of produce and ingredients as well as the skills and techniques used to prepare, cook and finish dishes. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers.

Why is this qualification the most suitable?


As part of the new Technical Certificate category this qualification will provide learners with a rigorously assessed and industry supported qualification. The range of units ensures that learners cover the full and broad range of skills and knowledge needed to seek employment and start a career as a commis chef. Learners could also progress to a level 3 qualification.

At 557 TQT, this Diploma in Professional Cookery is most suitable for learners who are on a full time programme of study which includes, where appropriate, working towards achieving Level 2 English and maths.

What could this qualification lead to?


Learners could progress directly into employment as a Junior or Commis in a variety of contexts, which include:

- Restaurants
- Pubs
- Visitor attractions
- HM prisons
- Hospitals and care homes
- Cruise liners

Or progress to a level 3 qualifications:
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery (HC3D2)
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Professional Patisserie and Confectionery (HC3D3)

Who supports this qualification?


This qualification is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

This qualification has been approved by the Department for Education for teaching to 16-19 year olds from September 2017, and will be first reported in the technical certificate category of the 2019 16-19 performance tables (subject to confirmation).

This qualification has been developed collaboratively with employers, professional associations and key stakeholders in the hospitality industry. The knowledge, skills and competencies gained will provide the best possible opportunity for progression into employment.

This qualification is formally supported by the following organisations:





NameWebsite address
The Seafood Restaurantrickstein.com
Calcot Manorcalcot.co
Bovingdons Cateringbovingdons.co.uk
The Ormond at Tetburytheormondattetbury.co.uk
The Fox and Hounds Innfoxandhoundsinn.com



Qualification Structure

Components - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 3 units and earn a minimum of credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
HC2D6.EX1 External Examination 1 HC2D6 2
HC2D6.EX2 External Examination 2 HC2D6 2
HC2D6.SYN Graded Synoptic Assessment HC2D6 2



Mandatory Group - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 13 units and earn a minimum of credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UHC50M J/615/0852 The catering and hospitality industry 2 30
UHC52M H/615/0857 Planning and preparing for service 2 10
UHC54M H/615/0860 Menu planning and costing 2 30
UHC59M F/615/0865 Meat and offal 2 50
UHC60M J/615/0866 Poultry 2 30
UHC61M D/615/0890 Fish and shellfish 2 30
UHC62M K/615/0892 Vegetables and vegetable dishes 2 30
UHC63M M/615/0893 Stocks and soups 2 20
UHC64M A/615/0895 Desserts 2 30
UHC65M J/615/0897 Farinaceous and egg dishes 2 30
UHC66M R/615/0899 Pastry and bakery products 2 30
UHC67M F/615/0901 Biscuits, cakes and sponges 2 30
UHC70M R/615/0918 Food safety and hygiene in the kitchen 2 30



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

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
Truro - Penwith College 01736 335000 Visit website Cornwall
Lees Brook Community School - The Skills Academy 01332 671723 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
Bolton College 01204 482000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Bolton
Dover Christ Church Academy 01304 872867 Visit website Kent
University of West London 020 8579 5000 Visit website London - Ealing
Bath College 01225 312191 Visit website Somerset - Bath and North East Somerset
Swindon College 01793 491591 Visit website Wiltshire