• Code: LC/LF
  • Certification:City & Guilds Diploma in Food Preparation & Cooking (Culinary Arts)                                                                    QQI Level 5 equivalence on the NFQ (8065-02)                                                                                                        QQI Minor Award in Professional Cookery (5M2088)
  • Duration:One Year


This City & Guilds Diploma in Culinary Arts is for candidates who wish to work in the hospitality industry. The course also aims to combine practical Culinary related modules with modules relevant to the Hospitality and Catering sector. The course consists of practical training demonstrations, workshops and eld study visits. Guest speakers from the Catering/Tourism sector may visit the Institute and learners may attend business presentations and seminars.

Programme of Study
  • Prepare food for cold presentation
  • Prepare, cook and finish stocks, soups and sauces
  • Prepare, cook and finish fish and shell fish dishes
  • Prepare, cook and finish meat, poultry and offal
  • Prepare, cook and finish vegetables, fruit and pulses
  • Prepare, cook and finish rice, grain, farinaceous products and egg dishes
  • Prepare, cook and finish bakery products Prepare,cook and finish hot and cold deserts and puddings
  • Catering operations, costs and menu planning
  • Culinary Arts Principles
  • Food safety in catering
  • Safety at work
  • Healthier foods and special diets

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

• Leaving Certificate (minimum of five 06/H7’s or combination of five 06/ H7’s) or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered• Leaving Certificate Applied Award

• Full QQI Level 4 Award
• Mature Applicants - experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Career Opportunities
  • Professional Cookery
  • Restaurant and Hospitality Sector
  • Event Management
  • Hotel & Catering Operations
Higher Education Progression*

Candidates can progress to third level colleges in the eld of Culinary Arts subject to application and interview

  • Professional Cookery Advanced (8065-04) (LE)

Where are they now?

Having left school and starting a career in professional cookery I found that I needed to gain qualifications to further my career in the industry.  BIFE gave me the opportunity to combine my working life and college to gain the skills needed in the real world whilst continuing to work.  I found the City and Guilds professional cookery course challenging but it has left me with a skill set that I can continue with in both further education and industry. - Sesilia Adamia

After completing the first year of the professional cookery at BIFE I have returned to complete the 2nd year of the advanced diploma. I found the course to be both challenging and fulfilling and has enabled me to apply what I have learnt in my role in a professional kitchen immediately. I recommend any students wishing to progress in the field of professional cookery complete the 2 years at BIFE. - Paul Breslin

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