Professional Cookery HND

UCAS code 622N
Information line 01463 279190

What is special about this course?

This programme will provide you with the culinary expertise and management skills to broaden your career opportunities or start up your own business within the industry. The content covers a wide range of inspirational practical and theoretical units which are assessed throughout. 

Experience in the hospitality industry is an integral part of the course.

Special features

  • You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal and professional circumstances
  • Previous students have visited the Scothot Trade Exhibition in Glasgow as part of their studies

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A Levels at grade D or above
  • Direct entry to year 2 may be possible with HNC Professional Cookery
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis

Year 1 - HNC

Year 1 of the HND is HNC Professional Cookery.

Year 2 - HND

Mandatory units are:

  • Gastronomy
  • Kitchen planning and design
  • Management of food and beverage operations
  • Professional cookery: graded unit 2

Option units may include:

  • Fermented pastry products
  • Hospitality financial accounting
  • Hospitality industry 
  • Industrial experience in the hospitality industry
  • Integrated production cookery
  • Management of human resource in the hospitality industry
  • Pastry 
  • Patisserie 
  • Production cookery: cold kitchen 
  • Production cookery: hot kitchen 
  • Production cookery: sweets and desserts 
  • Scottish licensing law
  • Specialised patisserie 

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

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We continue to review government guidance and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will mainly be delivered mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and practical sessions will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing.
  • 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: 2 years
  • Part-time: 4 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Moray College UHI
  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Note: The Scottish Government set this fee which has not yet been confirmed for 2021-22 so may be subject to change.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,915
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £461

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

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

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £7,020 £7,230
Part-time (per HN credit) £468 £482

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

Additional costs

To participate in the practical kitchen activities, you will be required to purchase a College uniform at the start of term, which will cost approximately £150.

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. With additional industry experience you could expect to find work as an Executive Chef or Head Chef or start up your own business.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the BA (Hons) Hospitality Management.

Is there more information available online?

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