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Culinary Arts Food Preparation and Cooking (Dingle)

Learn the fundamentals of preparation, cooking and finishing a range of dishes to a professional standard.

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What will I study?

  • Prepare Food for Cold Presentation (8065-105)
  • Safety at Work (8066-202)
  • Food Safety in Catering (8066-203)
  • Prepare, Cook and Finish Meat, Poultry and Offal (8065-209)
  • Healthier Foods and Special Diets (8065-206)
  • Prepare, Cook & Finish Stocks, Soups & Sauces (8065-207)
  • Fish and Shellfish (8065-208)
  • Prepare, Cook & Finish Bakery Products (8065-212)
  • Vegetable, Fruit and Pulses (8065-210)
  • Rice, Grain, Farinaceous and Egg Dishes (8065-211)
  • Hot and Cold Desserts and Puddings (8065-213)
  • Catering Operations, Costs & Menu Planning (8065-219)
  • Career Planning and Job Seeking Skills
  • Work Experience 

Why should I do this course?

  • An ideal start to a career in Culinary Arts
  • Professional training in an industry-standard production kitchen
  • Progression to Commis Chef Apprenticeship an option
  • Direct to work training programme

What are the progression opportunities?

  • You’ll gain a high standard of cookery skills and have the option to learn other workplace essentials like health and safety in a kitchen.
  • The Culinary Arts qualification is for anyone who works or wants to work as a chef in the catering and hospitality sector.
  • It is ideal for learners coming straight from school who wish to seek a career in this industry.
  • It is also ideal for those chefs in industry who would like to continue or refresh their knowledge by undertaking topics within the qualification.
  • Progression to Commis Chef Apprenticeship

What are the entry requirements?

  • You have reached the statutory school leaving age.
  • QQI Level 4 Award, Junior Certificate or equivalent qualification and/or relevant life and work experience.
  • Good numerical and communication skills are essential including verbal and written command of the English language.
  • Learners must be available and willing to work outside normal working hours such as evening, night time and at weekends.
  • Learners must be self-motivated and eager to work.
  • Experience working in the catering industry is an advantage but not a necessity

What is the certification?

City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking (Culinary Arts) 8065-02

Note: City & Guilds Level 2 award is aligned to QQI Level 4 on the NFQ

Cost

There are no fees payable on this course. All materials and books are provided.
Learner payments may be available to some applicants.

Full-time Courses - FAQs

FET is short for Further Education & Training. Kerry College is an integrated college of FET which means we offer progression-focused further education programmes and a range of employment-focused skills training programmes. We also offer a range of apprenticeships.

Not at all.

All of our employment-focused full-time day courses are fee-free and fully funded. Places are subject to an admissions interview and our course capacity - which can be as low as 14 in some cases.

Our progression focused full-time courses carry a 130 euro registration fee which is paid prior to enrollment. 

Again, you don't need to be on a social welfare payment to apply or secure a place.

Our progression-focused courses are full time programmes and run from September to May each year. They provide you with the time and opportunity to explore a potential career and study path - before committing to a third level course of study.

You can achieve up to 390 points on our courses for progression which you can in turn use to access a range of third-level courses.

Kerry College has agreements in place with many Institutes of Technologies and Universities to allow our students to progress to study there.

You'll need to work hard though, achieving a full range of distinctions is often a requirement to progress.

Our employment-focused courses are full-time programmes focused on building knowledge, skill, and ability and essential qualifications to enter the jobs market.

Most have integrated work practice and/or industry placement. Many include unique, professional micro-certifications which further increase your employability.

Our courses for employment are a great choice for those wishing to career change, reskill, upskill, or start your career.

Specific entry criteria will vary depending on the course.

For most courses for employment, you must have completed a minimum of three years post-primary education or have a Junior Certificate. Some courses for employment require that you are either 18+ or 21+ before applying. Check each course page for further details.

For most courses for further study and university progression, applicants must have a Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA, QQI Level 4 Certificate, or have reached the age of 18. 

Mature students (over 23) may also apply. 

If you do not meet the specific entry criteria, you may be called for an information interview to secure a place. 

The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is a ten-level system (1–10) giving an academic or vocational value to qualifications obtained in Ireland.

Kerry College offers programmes at Levels 5 and 6 but also a range of industry-recognised professional certifications.

In addition, we also offer a number of pathway courses at Level 4.

A Minor award is commonly referred to as a module - but also as a component certificate or a certificate of unit credit. 

These single 'modules' may be completed and certificated individually. All minor awards are linked to a major award that allows learners to collect and build their minor awards and work towards gaining a major award. 

A Major award is a significant achievement and usually comprises of 8 minor awards or modules.

Gaining a major award allows progression to a range of third-level programmes or qualifies you for an entry-level job where you can build on your qualification with experience.

Our Monavalley Campus has full-time courses starting every month of the year. These courses range from 8 weeks to 56 weeks in duration. We don't do a mid-term or Easter break at Monavalley. Our Campus Locations at Clash Road, Denny Street, and Listowel run by the academic calendar - starting in September and ending in May and include breaks at mid-term and Easter. Our academic year is 39 contact weeks- so when you see 39 weeks, it's a year-long course.

Applications for all full-time programmes should be made online via the Kerry College website. Your application will be processed using FETCHCOURSES - the National FET Course Application System.

If you haven't signed up for a FETCH account, you'll need to do this first. It's free and a one-time setup.

FETCH COURSES is the national application system for all FET course applications. 

All new applicants must set up a free account on www.fetchcourses.ie. You must use this to apply for all further education and training progarmmes anywhere in Ireland. 

For existing FETCH COURSES account holders, login and apply as before. 

You can reset your password using your email or mobile phone. When you do, make sure you keep it for future reference.

Bear in mind, FETCH uses your PPS number to identify you - so although you might be able to set up a second account - it won't work properly.

If you're still stuck, contact our Admissions team on 066-714 96 96.

We use the admissions interview to ensure minimum entry requirements are met and to pre-screen applicants for work practice and/or industry placement. We also assess which applicants will gain the most from spending some time at Kerry College.

We also do admissions interviews where applicants don't meet the minimum entry criteria but feel they have enough experience to do successfully complete the course.

In preparation for the interview, consider why you’ve applied for the course, know the modules and the overall award, what you need to learn, and how you plan to use your new skills. You'll need to bring a copy of your CV and any relevant certificates.

In cases where there is a high demand for a course, you need to do well at the interview to make it onto the class-list.

Yes, you do. A lot can change in a year and we always like to catch up with you and see how we can help.

There are a few options.

If you are already on a qualifying DEASP payment, you can continue to receive this while on any of our courses for employment. You must complete and sign an F103 form and bring it with you on the first day of the course.

If you are attending a course for progression, you may qualify for a SUSI Grant (via www.susi.ie) or a Back to Education Allowance (via INTREO/DEASP). Enquire directly to SUSI or INTREO for further details.

The responsibility for researching and applying for funding and financial supports is yours. We are always available to point you in the right direction though!

If you can't take up your place, you should let our team know immediately, so we can offer your place to another applicant.

We don't have a deferral policy in place for employment-based courses. 

Unfortunately, this is not possible.

Your training payment (also called a training allowance) is based on your DEASP status at the start of the course.

Our courses for employment are free. If you can attend full time, you can apply for a place. Despite not qualifying for funding or a grant, you may still get a travel payment (if you live more than 3 miles/5km away from the campus location) or an accommodation payment (if you live more than 20 miles/32km away from the campus location).

Our courses for progression cost 130 euro. At present, travel or accommodation payments are not part of these courses.

Kerry College has abolished all online application fees and is working to make Further Education & Training free for everyone in County Kerry.

The NCS (National Childcare Scheme) is now in place and provides childcare supports for those on full-time education and training programmes. Full details can be found on the www.ncs.gov.ie webpage.

Get in touch with Kerry County Childcare Committee at (066) 718 1582 to discuss which childcare supports are available to you should you enroll on a full-time FET course.

Still have questions?

Contact the Kerry College Admissions Office on 066 714 9696 or info@kerrycollege.ie

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