Professional Cookery HNC

UCAS code 122N
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

If you are an aspiring chef and would like develop your skills and knowledge in professional cookery and kitchen management, the HNC Professional Cookery is a great place to start.

You will experience advanced, modern cookery techniques and look at food product development. The training environment is learner-centred and focuses on current industry standards.

Special features

You can study full time or part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above OR
  • SVQ 2/3 Professional Cookery or Professional Chef Award City and Guilds
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply
  • You may be invited to attend an interview

Access routes

  • SVQ 2/3 Professional Cookery
  • Professional Chef Award City & Guilds
  • NC Hospitality

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Hospitality supervision
  • Hospitality financial and control systems
  • Food hygiene: intermediate
  • Food classification and purchase
  • Professional Cookery: Graded Unit 1

Option units may include:

  • Production Cookery: Cold Kitchen
  • Production Cookery: Hot Kitchen
  • Production Cookery: Sweets & Desserts
  • Industrial Experience 
  • Human Resource Management for the Hospitality Industry 1 
  • Hospitality Industry
  • Patisserie
  • Pastry

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)

You will learn by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom, and practical sessions in the kitchen and restaurants.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Start date


How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year
Part-time (per HN unit) £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit) £434

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit)** £434

 **There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your course in professional cookery you might want to consider employment at supervisory level such as sous chef or as a chef de partie.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the HND Professional Cookery, then on to the BA (Hons) Hospitality Management

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

What our students, graduates and staff say:

Kevin studied HNC Professional Cookery at North Highland College UHI and worked initially in the Mansfield House Hotel in Tain before moving to the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh. He is currently senior sous chef in the Michelin starred 'Number One' restaurant in the Hotel.

Kevin Sutherland, HNC Professional Cookery graduate.

Apply for Professional Cookery HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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