City & Guilds VRQ Diploma Level 3 in
Advanced Professional Cookery Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 6

This vocationally focused qualification is designed to develop your culinary abilities to an advanced level.


Why take this course?

This vocationally-focused qualification is designed to develop your culinary skills and techniques so that you are working at an advanced level – ready for entering the workplace as a confident and able professional.

What you will experience

You will learn to produce high level dishes using vegetables, meat, poultry, game, fish and shellfish, whilst studying practical gastronomy and food safety in depth. You will also build on your supervisory skills – essential for effective and efficient work in a professional kitchen environment.

Students in chef whites in kitchen

Key facts

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for those who have National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit level qualifications that have completed a related course such as Professional Cookery.

Applications are also welcomed from those who have worked for a chef for some time and have a lot of experience in the industry, but want to further develop their skills and abilities.

Please note that this course is not suitable for school leavers.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College


Employment opportunities are widespread in the hospitality and catering industries with roles available in fine dining, hotels, restaurants, commercial catering and tourism. Many will secure roles such as:

  • Assistant Chef
  • Chef
  • Chef de Partie
  • Commis Chef
  • Cook
  • Junior Chef
  • Pastry Chef
  • Sous Chef

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.