City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma inCulinary and Restaurant Skills

Does the challenge of cooking the finest food in the fast-paced kitchen environment of a top restaurant appeal to you?

This programme aims to build on your existing competencies and develop a greater level of practical skills. You will have the opportunity to enter local, national, and international competitions.

Course Content

  • Preparing and cooking stocks, soups, and sauces
  • Preparing and cooking fruit and vegetables
  • Preparing and cooking meat, poultry and fish
  • Preparing and cooking grains, pasta and breads
  • Preparing and cooking desserts
  • Food safety in catering
  • Healthier foods & special diets

You will work in both kitchen and restaurant on a rota basis. To build your confidence in the restaurant, you will start with the basics of front-of-house skills, beginning with customer service, working as a team and learn how to prepare for a restaurant service. This will progress onto time management, working within a bar, sommelier skills and much more.

Throughout the course there will be enrichment opportunities, including mini master class sessions where you will be able to work alongside restaurateurs and employment opportunities. You may also have the opportunity to work on exciting outside events.

Theoretical aspects will be assessed primarily through assignments and short-answer questions. Seven practical tests will take place throughout the programme, with the two main practical tests happening towards the end of the course.


This programme aims to build on your existing competencies and develop a greater level of practical skills. Special features include:

  • opportunities for work placements in local and national hotels
  • opportunities to enter local, national, and international competitions

Loughborough College students have won numerous awards in competitions for both team and individual performances including the UK and Welsh Culinary Championships, Country Range and Teflon Diamond Standard Awards.

Entry Requirements

  • Two GCSEs at grade 4 or above, one being in English or Maths
  • or
  • an NVQ Level 1 Chef Diploma.

Please contact the International Admissions Office for further advice.

Progression Opportunities

Upon completion of this course, you'll have the opportunity to progress on to a Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery, National Diploma Hospitality Supervision, or enter directly into employment.


Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct, the College accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Please note that details are subject to change without notice with regard to the provision of courses, course times and dates and the fees and charges levied.

Key Facts


  • September 2023

Mode of Attendance:

  • Full Time



Course Duration:

1 Year

Programme Costs:

  • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

Please contact the International Team for more information.

College Course Code:

  • 23/24CFG5111


The teachers have taught me very well, and they make sure to keep lessons interesting. The facilities available at the college would be of interest to any potential student. The college also has very pleasant staff, and offers great opportunities in terms of progression.

Rishika Tripathi

United Arab Emirates