Food Preparation & Cooking Level 1 Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 4

An introduction to working in the hospitality and catering industry.


Why take this course?

This course acts as an introduction to working in the hospitality and catering industry, and will allow you to develop the practical and social skills needed for working in such an environment.

You will gain hands-on training in our excellent industry standard facilities, which will also provide you with a valuable insight into front of house and kitchen operations.

What you will experience

You will be introduced to the preparation and production of simple salads, vegetables, fruit dishes, fish, meat, poultry and bread. You will also develop a good understanding of how to work effectively as part of a team, as well as how to maintain a safe, hygienic and secure working environment.

Students in chef whites in kitchen

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have two passes at National 4, Intermediate 1 or Standard Grade Foundation/General level. Applications are also welcomed from those with other relevant qualifications and/or work experience.

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

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course 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. Common roles might include:

  • Assistant Chef
  • Basic Food Operative
  • Catering Assistant
  • Kitchen Assistant

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.

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