PRACTICAL COOKERY

SCQF LEVEL 4 - National 4

This course contains both practical and written aspects and is relevant to the world of work.  You will learn how to choose ingredients, prepare dishes and present them well.  You will learn how to work safely and hygienically while developing your cookery, food preparation and organisational skills.  

QUALIFICATION

National 4

DURATION

160 hours

COURSEWORK

Three compulsory units plus an added value

EXAM

No external exam

COST

£90 per year due to equipment

TEACHERS

Mrs Blair

Mrs Cruise

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

wHAT WILL YOU EXPERIENCE?

Healthy, tasty food is crucial to our wellbeing. The course will suit you if you love food and cooking and want to develop your skills in this area.    

 

Being able to cook for yourself and others is a valuable life skill and can lead to a range of careers, including working in hotels and restaurants, the health sector and the food industry. 

This course contains both practical and written aspects and is relevant to the world of work.  You will learn how to choose ingredients, prepare dishes and present them well.  You will learn how to work safely and hygienically while developing your cookery, food preparation and organisational skills.   

 

 The course has three compulsory units plus an added value unit that assesses your practical skills:  

  

  1. Cookery Skills, Techniques and Processes

  2. Understanding and Using Ingredients

  3. Organisational Skills for Cooking  

 

Added value unit – two course meal to be prepared in one and a half hours  

  Assessment  

  

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course in accordance with SQA regulations and the AVU comprises a final 2 course meal cooked under assessment conditions once the assessment booklet is completed.

KEY FACTS

Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

Taking Home Economics in S3 would be beneficial to successfully achieving a National 4 award. 

 

*Please Note: Pupils who choose this course will have to be aware of the strict hygiene and safety operated in a food room. No painted, false, gel, acrylic, long nails, appropriate clothing and footwear and hair tied back, are all necessary to ensure high standards of food safety when in the kitchen. 

what will you get?

A national 4 award in Practical cookery

progress

Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course

EMPLOYMENT

Most careers will benefit from your experience in practical cookery. Specifically, a career in catering, dietician, nutritionist, budget analysis, childcare, chefs and head cooks. 

 

Some of the employability skills which are developed through practical cookery are: 

Planning and Organisation: During your practical tasks you will have to prepare ingredients and a food plan accordingly. Ensuring your workstation is kept clean and organised. 

Problem Solving: Working independently and demonstrating resilience in order to counter any issues you may need to resolve. 

Time Management: In order to follow a recipe, you will learn how to manage your time appropriately and multitask when necessary. 

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 

STUDENT STORIES

Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.

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