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Certificate in Professional Cookery

Learn to cook professionally

Chefs Academy

The Certificate in Professional Cookery is an accredited 4-week chef foundation program designed to teach amateur cooks the skills required to cook to a professional standard. At the end of the course you will have the skills to start your career as a junior chef in a professional kitchen, launch your own catering enterprise, or simply enjoy the life skills of an accomplished cook.

Over 4 weeks, this structured course will give you expert training from our experienced chef tutors in modern cookery techniques. This course incorporates a Level 2 Award in Culinary Skills QCF qualification accredited by the Confederation of Tourism & Hospitality.

This course offers over 30 hours of practical cookery a week to teach you to the core skills required to cook to a professional standard, whether in a restaurant kitchen, a cafe, a ski chalet or as part of a catering business.

Who is this course suitable for?

Typical ambitions of those that take this course include:

  • launching a career as a junior chef;
  • starting a catering business;
  • working as a cook/host in ski chalets or on boats.
  • life skills and personal development.
Course Content

Certificate in Professional Cookery

Training: Full-time
Mon to Fri: 9.30am to 4pm
Hours: Approx 32 Hours/Week
Duration: 4 weeks

Locations: Ashburton & Halifax

Certificates & Qualifications
  • Ashburton Chefs Academy Certificate in Professional Cookery
  • CTH Level 2 Award in Culinary Skills
  • CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering
Finance available on this course

Course Brochure

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Yorkshire Campus

Halifax This course is also available at our Halifax Campus in West Yorkshire. Find out more

Course Content

  • Food safety & hygiene
  • Professional kitchen practices
  • Knife skills
  • Mise-en-place
  • Vegetable preparation
  • Stocks, soups and sauces
  • Prepare meat, poultry & fish
  • Pastry, cakes, biscuits & breads
  • Farinaceous dishes
  • Desserts & Patisserie
  • Vegetarian dishes
  • Canapes
  • Modern Cooking Techniques
  • Plating & Presentation Skills

Course Schedule

Week 1

  • Induction
  • CIEH Level 2 Food Hygiene (1st Day)
  • Introduction to the kitchen
  • Mise en Place
  • Knife Skills
  • Soups
  • Breads
  • Pastry
  • Chicken
  • Scones and Cakes

Typical Recipes

  • Vichyssoise
  • Saffron risotto with wild mushrooms
  • Roasted vegetable and goats cheese quiche
  • French baguettes
  • Coq au vin
  • Cream of onion soup
  • Lemon drizzle cake
  • Chocolate brownie and vanilla custard

Week 2

  • Flat Fish
  • Round Fish
  • Ham
  • Lamb
  • Vegetables
  • Salads
  • Sauces
  • Desserts

Typical Recipes

  • Honey-glazed ham, buttered new potatoes, parsley sauce, saute cabbage and homemade piccalilli
  • Mackerel Escabeche, warm shallot, potato and bacon salad with mixed salad leaves.
  • Lamb Tagine, mint and almond cous cous.
  • Moules mariniere.
  • Braised breast of lamb, boulangere potatoes, green beans and griddled corurgettes.
  • Treacle tart and Bakewell tart.
  • Elderflower fruit jelly with rosewater ice-cream.

Week 3

  • Pastry
  • Vegetables
  • Pasta
  • Pork
  • Beef
  • Duck
  • Sauces
  • Desserts

Typical Recipes

  • Pan-fried sea-bass with a mussel, cockle, pea and wild mushroom fricassee.
  • Best-end of Lamb, mustard herb crust, vegetable tien, rosemary dauphinoise potatoes and olive jus.
  • Pork escalope Holstein with fried duck egg and buckwheat tomato salad beurre noisette.
  • Confit duck ravioli with sage and hazelnut butter.
  • Chocolate fondant pudding.
  • Tarte Tatin.
  • Panna cotta with glazed figs in a tuille basket.
  • Eclairs, Profiteroles, Raspberry Sorbet.

Week 4

  • Practical Assessment
  • Graduation

Typical Recipes

  • Canapés.
  • Lamb Rogan Josh.
  • Oven baked gurnard fillet on spelt bread croute with spinach, poached egg hollandaise.
  • Roasted vegetable and goats cheese quiche with dressed salad.


This course is available at both our Ashburton Campus in Devon and our Halifax Campus in West Yorkshire.

Both locations offer excellent training facilities and the same quality of insprational training is delivered by our full-time Chefs Academy teams.

Why not join us for an open evening when you can visit a campus and find out about the courses.
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Campus Map

Ashburton Campus

Our head office with 3 purpose built training kitchens located on the edge of beautiful Dartmoor National Park with residential option.


Old Exeter Road, Ashburton, Devon, TQ13 7LG


  • Exeter/Plymouth (A38/M5): 30 mins
  • Bristol (M5): 1hr45 mins
  • London (M4/M5): 4hrs
  • Newton Abbot Train Station (8 miles / 20 mins by car)
  • Newton Abbot to Paddington: 2hrs 30mins
  • Exeter Airport (23 miles/ 30 mins by car)
  • UK and European Flights

Halifax Campus

A modern training facility located in a vibrant business and arts complex with excellent transport links and proximity to Leeds and Manchester.


Dean Clough, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX3 5AX


  • Bradford/Huddersfield: 8 miles / 25 mins
  • Leeds (M62/A58): 16 miles / 35 mins
  • Manchester (M62): 31 miles / 1hr
  • Sheffield (M62): 35 miles / 1hr
  • Halifax Train Station (0.8 miles / 15 min walk)
  • Leeds to Halifax: 40 mins
  • Manchester to Halifax 50 mins
  • Leeds Bradford Airport (17 miles/ 45 mins by car)
  • Manchester International (43 miles / 55 mins by car)
Course Dates


Graduates of this course earn the following certificates and qualifications:-

Certificate in Professional Cookery

The Ashburton Chefs Academy Certificate in Professional Cookery marks your graduation from an elite culinary academy and is our endorsement of your professional skills.

CTH Level 2 Award in Culinary Skills

The Level 2 Award in Culinary Skills award is accredited by the Confederation of Hospitality & Tourism an internationally recognised awarding body. The level 2 award has been designed as an introduction to the professional kitchen and will provide opportunities for credit transfer to other qualifications.

Visit the CTH Website

What is the difference between the Level 2 Award and the Level 2 Diploma qualifications?

The Level 2 Award is an entry level qualification whereas the Level 4 Diploma is the equivalent of a Foundation Degree.

QCF Levels

CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering

This is an industry standard food hygenie qualification that will be required by employers.

Visit the CIEH Website


Course Dates

The Certificate in Professional Cookery is a 4 week foundation course for professional cookery.
The course runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

The course is available at two locations, Ashburton & Halifax.

Ashburton Campus

2016 Dates

  • JANUARY 2016 Full
    Mon 04 to Fri 29 Jan, 2016
  • FEBRUARY 2016 Full
    Mon 01 to Fri 26 Feb, 2016
  • MARCH 2016 Full
    Mon 07 Mar to Fri 01 Apr, 2016
  • APRIL 2016 Full
    Mon 11 Apr to Fri 06 May, 2016
  • MAY 2016 Full
    Mon 16 May to Fri 10 Jun, 2016
  • JUNE 2016
    Mon 20 Jun to Fri 15 Jul, 2016
  • JULY 2016
    Mon 25 Jul to Fri 19 Aug, 2016
  • SEPTEMBER 2016
    Mon 29 Aug to Fri 23 Sep, 2016
    Add International Bartenders Course (26 to 30 Sep) Save £150
  • OCTOBER 2016
    Mon 03 to Fri 28 Oct, 2016
  • NOVEMBER 2016
    Mon 24 Oct to Fri 18 Nov, 2016
    Add International Bartenders Course (17 to 21 Oct) Save £150
  • DECEMBER 2016
    Mon 28 Nov to Fri 23 Dec, 2016

2017 Dates

  • Released: 1st June, 2016

Halifax Campus

2016 Dates

  • JANUARY 2016
    Mon 11 Jan to Fri 05 Feb, 2016
  • FEBRUARY 2016
    Mon 15 Feb to Fri 11 Mar, 2016
  • APRIL 2016
    Mon 04 to Fri 29 Apr, 2016
  • JUNE 2016
    Mon 30 May to Fri 24 Jun, 2016
  • JULY 2016
    Mon 04 to Fri 29 July, 2016
  • AUGUST 2016
    Mon 01 to Fri 26 Aug, 2016
  • SEPTEMBER 2016
    Mon 05 to Fri 30 Sep, 2016
  • OCTOBER 2016
    Mon 03 to Fri 28 Oct, 2016
  • NOVEMBER 2016
    Mon 31 Oct to Fri 25 Nov, 2016
  • DECEMBER 2016
    Mon 28 Nov to Fri 23 Dec, 2016

2017 Dates

  • Released: 1st June, 2016

Student Accommodation

Chefs Academy students come from all over the world and can choose our residential options whilst studying with us, which offers students a comfortable, secure and affordable stay in shared accommodation with fellow students (see below).

We also maintain a list of local rooms and accommodation providers that can offer local accommodation and are happy to help place you in suitable accommodation. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Ashburton Campus

Stay With Us

At Ashburton Court


Stay at our comfortable and affordable accommodation at Ashburton Court, a short walk from the Academy Campus.

Rooms have en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, and television. You will also have access to laundry facilities and a guest lounge with evening dining space.

A delicious daily breakfast is provided with fresh local produce including juices, breads and pastries, fruit and eggs cooked to order.

Site Facilities

  • Historic Georgian buildings.
  • 5 minute walk from Ashburton town amenities, pubs & cafes.
  • All rooms en-suite.
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities.
  • Free wifi.
  • Rooms cleaned daily.
  • Towels provided.
  • Continental breakfast with eggs cooked to order.
  • Guest lounge.
  • Complimentary minibus transport to the new Cookery School.


You can choose to stay for 5 nights or 7 nights in either an attic room, standard room or apartment.

5 Night Stay

This option is best suited to those who wish to return home at weekends, or perhaps explore the region and staying elsewhere on Friday and Saturday nights.
You arrive on Sunday evening and checkout of your room on Friday morning. Total nights of stay is 20.

7 Night Stay

Choose this option if you would like a room for the full duration of the course - 26 nights.

Room Type 5 Night (Sun to Thu) 7 Nights
Attic Room £900 £1250
Standard Room £1100 £1500
Apartment £1400 £1900


The Heart of Devon

Located between the cities of Exeter and Plymouth, the small, picturesque town of Ashburton is known as the 'Gateway to the Moor', located on the edge of Dartmoor National Park - an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Exeter is just 20 minutes by car which provides plenty in the way of shopping, services and entertainment. And of course, the Cornish border is only 1 hour away.

Devon is one of Europe's finest food regions, and you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to food producers, farmer's markets, fine restaurants and some of the UK's best pubs.

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Halifax Campus

Travelodge Accommodation Package

Halifax students can choose a comfortable, secure and affordable room offered by the on-site Travelodge hotel just a short walk from the cookery school.

We also maintain a list of local rooms and accommodation providers that can offer local accommodation and are happy to help place you in suitable accommodation. Please contact us to discuss your needs.


  • King-size Travelodge Dreamer Bed
  • Showers in all rooms
  • Baths in most hotels, please contact hotel to discuss
  • TV with 17 channels
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • WiFi included
  • Hand, hair & body wash
  • Hair dryers and irons available from reception

Nearby Facilities

  • 24/7 Fitness Centre
    Gym, fitness classes, trainers, sauna - £20 month. More...
  • Cafe and Restaurants
    including Tapas Bar, Coffee Bar, Cocktail Bar More...
  • Music and theatre
    Events are often hosted at the nearby Viaduct Theatre More...
Travelodge Dean Clough Mills
Double Bed
Ensuite Bathroom

Accommodation Rates

Saver Rate

The best accommodation rate for the month long course.
Terms: Non-refundable. Changes to booking allowed only more than 21 days before arrival.

Flexible Rate

Fully flexible bookings with short cancellation option.
Terms: Bookings are fully f1exible and can be cancelled up until 12 noon on the day of arrival.

Package No. Nights Details Saver Rate Flexible Rate Wifi
Mid-week 20 For those who require a mid-week stay but plan on returning home or travelling at the weekends. Check in is Sunday PM, checking out on Friday AM each week. £695
Full-time26For those that wish to stay for the full duration of the course, you will arrive on Sunday PM and retain a room until check-out on Friday AM at the end of the course. £895


NB: Prices include VAT. Rates subject to availability and may change from the price quoted. Please contact us for details.

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Fees 2016/17

2016/17 Certificate in Professional Cookery (4 Weeks)

Course Fee:
£2,950 inc VAT

Course Finance:

Repayments from just £88.43 a month after you complete the course.
View course finance options here.

  • Training: 4 Weeks (Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm)
  • Course Notes
  • Equipment
  • Lunch
  • Chef Uniforms x 2
  • External Exam Fees & 
    Course Books for 

Course Deposit

Non-refundable deposit to secure place: £250 inc VAT.

Full balance due 6 weeks prior to start of course.
Note: Payments made by credit card incur a 1.3% bank processing fee. Debit card, cheque or bank transfer incur no fee.

Optional Accommodation

Ashburton Court Accommodation
(26 Nights - Standard Room & Breakfast):
£1,514 inc VAT
Finance available for accommodation

Non-refundable Deposit: £250 inc VAT.

Residential Details

Frequently Asked Questions

Course Finance

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The minimum age to join this course is 18 years old.

Typically we see age ranges from 18 to 55 years old with a 60% male to 40% female split. There will be a broad range of people from different backgrounds and different life experiences on our courses. We have people that are retraining after a long career in public service or the forces, professionals making a sea-change and planning to open up their dream cafe or pub, people planning to launch an outdoor catering business, or keen amateur cooks that want to develop their skills.

Chefs Academy courses are full-time, with intensive practical training. This is one of the reasons why our students can achieve so much during their time with us. Academy students receive 34 hours direct tuition a week, Monday to Thursday 9.30 to 4.30 and Friday 9.30 to 3.30 in addition to some home study assignments.

Absolutely. You will be trained by experienced, full-time, Ashburton chef tutors and you can expect the same quality of ingredients, equipment and support. The training kitchen is pleasant and modern and our food sourcing policies are the same. Ashburton is more of a rural location than Halifax which offers good transport options and plenty of activities outside of the kitchen to keep you occupied.

Whilst you do not need any professional cookery experience we would expect you to be familiar with common kitchen equipment, and basic cookery concepts, such as frying, grilling, baking etc as well as the ability to follow a recipe. Absolute beginners recommended to take the Foundation cookery course to reach the entry level standard for this course.

Whilst QCF qualifications carry a credit value and in some cases you can carry this credit onto another course. Our Diploma level courses however are standalone and so the credits accrused on a Certificate or Award will not reduce the study time on a Diploma level course.

Yes, we are accredited by the British Accreditation Council so you can apply for a student visa to study with us.
Please visit this page for further information for International Students.

Not at all. This is a common question we get from mature students who are considering retraining in a new career and are concerned that they are going to feel like they are going back to school. Our courses are not like those offered by a traditional catering college - both in the style of training we offer and the environment you will learn in. The broad range of ages and backgrounds of students at the Ashburton Chefs Academy will mean you feel very much at home.

Yes, Travel Insurance cover is essential for this course. A good policy will insure you against issues such as sickness or accident that would prevent you taking or completing the course.

Be aware that insurance does not cover 'change-of-mind' or any scenario that is not specifically detailed in the policy document. Any claims are initiated and pursued by the student.

Please read the policy document to ensure you understand the cover provided and exclusions - such as pre-existing medical conditions.

If you would like further advice about the travel insurance requirement, please contact us.

You should be committed to complete the course prior to enrolling. Demand is high for places on this course and late cancellations can deprive other potential students of a place. We will always aim to be as flexible as possible and work with you to help find the best solution to any challenges you might face.

Please note that if you book your course using our Course Finance option, you have a 14 day cooling off period where you may cancel your finance agreement and course. After this period, or if the course starts before this period is over, you will be bound by our Cancellation Policy which is described below.

Cancellation Policy in a Nutshell

  • To secure your place on the course requires a non-refundable deposit(see course fees).
  • The balance of payments of course fees are due 6 weeks before the start of the course. (This date is called the Enrolment Threshold)
  • Should you wish to cancel your place before the Enrolment Threshold we will refund all course fees minus the deposit. If you wish to defer your booking to a future course (and we are able to sell your existing booking), we may also agree to transfer your deposit to the future course date.
  • After the Enrolment Threshold you will have paid the remainder of your course fees. If you have chosen our Insurance Option you will also be insured under our insurance policy against sickness or injury to yourself or an immediate relative that prevents you taking the course. In cases of cancellation due to an insurable issue, you would initiate an insurance claim to try and recover the lost fees.
  • If you wish to cancel the course booking for a non-insurable reason after the Enrolment Threshold, such as 'change of circumstance' or 'change of mind', we will attempt to resell your place for you. If we are able to resell your place, you may request a full refund of course fees (minus the deposit) or transfer your fees (and deposit) to a future course date. If, despite best efforts, we are unable to resell your place, you would lose the full cost of your booking.

For full details of our Cancellation Policy please read our Terms and Conditions.

As a private culinary school, government grants or student loans are not available for our courses, however we have several student finance options available to UK residents that can help spread the cost of our courses. Please visit our Finance page for further details, or contact a student advisor on (01364) 652784 to discuss your requirements.

We provide you with your own chef uniform to keep, and all the equipment you will need is provided within the course.

As a graduate you can expect to be considered seriously for entry level chef positions in good quality restaurants. Your training at the Chefs Academy is aimed at preparing you for a junior chef position, but of course this is dependant on your own ambitions and the opportunities that come your way.

The Academy will be able to support you in your search for employment with references and introduce you to the vacancies offered by partner companies at hotels, restaurants, chalet and yacht crew agencies.

Confidence and self-belief come from mastering the fundamentals of cooking. No qualification can replace years of experience in a commercial kitchen, but we will prepare you to be a skilled chef with a good technical ability, a professional approach, good presentation skills and the confidence to be able to cope in a pressured and commercial environment, be that a restaurant or cooking for a private function. Graduates from the Chefs Academy have been eagerly snapped up by top employers who are keen to recruit well trained individuals.

We aim to prepare you for the realities of an industry that demands long hours and dedication, but equally can be as rewarding as any career. Our chefs have a wealth of industry experience and will be able to provide advice for your chosen career path.

All the food we source is from high quality local, food suppliers. It is our policy to reduce food miles, to source seasonal organic ingredients at every opportunity, and to only use sustainable food stocks. We audit the provenance of all of the produce we use. Your training and your food will benefit substantially from our approach which is in contrast to many other institutions. Meet our suppliers

There are a small handful of well established Culinary Schools in the UK offering a similar standard of training. Whilst some of the qualifications and aspects of the course may appear the same, the courses are delivered in a way unique to each establishment. Some focus on classical French training for example, whereas our focus is on developing broader skills, passion and thinking relevant to the modern chef, designed to fast-track your career.

We maintain a list of affordable local bed and breakfast options that will give you a comfortable home from home while training in either location. Please contact us for further details.

If you are ready to take the next step to joing the Chefs Academy, simply register your details and we will contact you.You will be required to complete an enrolment form as the first step to admission. Click here to apply.

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