• 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


The level 2 City & Guilds Diploma in Food Preparation and Culinary Arts is designed for candidates who are looking to start or develop a career in hospitality. They cover both transferable and job role specific skills, ensuring candidates become work ready not only for a specific role but for a career in the hospitality industry. By incorporating the latest industry trends and technology, this qualification prepares the graduates for international work, taking their first steps towards a successful career. It is aligned to the Global Hospitality Certification, developed in partnership with Worldchefs and employers around the world.

Programme of Study
  • Understand the hospitality industry 
  • Understand business success 
  • Provide guest service 
  • Awareness of sustainability in the hospitality industry 
  • Professional workplace standards
  • Understand own role in self development 
  • Food safety 
  • Meet guest requirements through menu planning 
  • Mise en place 
  • Cooking methods, techniques and commodities: boiling, poaching and steaming
  • Cooking methods, techniques and commodities: stewing and braising
  • Cooking methods, techniques and commodities: baking, roasting and grilling
  • Cooking methods, techniques and commodities: deep and shallow frying 
  • Understand food commodities ​

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate 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

Places are offered following a successful interview.

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 field of Culinary Arts subject to application and interview after completing Level 3 Adv Diploma


  • Adv Diploma in Culinary Arts and Supervision (8065-06) (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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