Culinary Skills (7138)

Last Updated: 23 Nov 2016
The Culinary Skills qualifications can help you become a chef or progress to a more senior chef's role. 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 Skills qualifications are 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.
Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

You'll cover things like:
  • Food safety
  • Health and safety in catering
  • Healthier foods
  • Costs and menu planning
  • Preparing and cooking different foods.
These qualifications are usually assessed by your training centre using assignments, practical tasks, exams and/or online tests.

For these qualifications you will complete practical demonstrations/synoptic exams, assignments and take a multiple choice examination.

Which Level is right for me?

Level 1
You are new to the industry and want to gain a good basic understanding of catering work, enough to succeed in a job or move on to further study.

Level 2
You have some basic skills and experience as a chef, probably from a role where you work under supervision. You want to gain a formal qualification and increase your skills so that you can take on a more senior role.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

The Culinary Skills qualifications can help you find a job as a:
  • Catering assistant
  • Chef

After taking the Level 1 qualification you could move on to:

  • Level 2 (NVQ) Professional Cookery (7132)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery (7100)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Culinary Skills (7138)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Professional Patisserie and Confectionary (7120)
After taking the Level 2 qualification you could move on to:
  • Level 3 (NVQ) Professional Cookery (7133)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery (Kitchen & Larder) (7100)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Professional Patisserie and Confectionary (7120)
If you want to continue studying after completing the Level 3 qualification you might be interested in management qualifications from the ILM.

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

To deliver these qualifications you will need suitably qualified staff to carry out training and assessment.

You will also need suitable facilities to carry out the required training to enable learners to achieve industry standards.

As a minimum, centres wishing to provide this qualification must have access to a well equipped industrial kitchen including:

Cooking facilities to enable full access to the qualification (for example ovens / ranges, grills, griddles and deep fat fryers), Worktop space (stainless steel workstations or tables), Washing facilities (hand washing, food preparation and washing up), Refrigerator space, and small and large equipment.

Centres will need to review the range of equipment requirements against each unit within the qualification. You may need to purchase additional equipment in order to offer the qualification.

To find all the resource requirements for assessment and delivery, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

Anyone can take this qualification, but you must make sure all your learners can access the resources they need to complete it.

Centres currently offering the 7100-81, Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Professional Cookery and 7100-82, Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery will be given automatic approval to offer 7138-10, Level 1 Award in Introduction to Culinary Skills and 7138-11, Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to Culinary Skills.

Centres currently offering 7100-82, Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery will be given automatic approval to offer 7138-20, Level 2 Award in Culinary Skills, 7138-21, Level 2 Certificate in Culinary Skills and 7138-22, Level 2 Diploma in Culinary Skills.

Level 1

The Level 1 Culinary Skills qualifications will suit you if you are new to the industry.

For a full list of units available, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

Level 1 Award in Introduction to Culinary Skills (7138-10)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2016

Level 1 Award in Introduction to Culinary Skills

  • Accreditation No: 601/0989/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 9 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 30 - 44 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to Culinary Skills (7138-11)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2019

Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to Culinary Skills

  • Accreditation No: 601/0991/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 35 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 299 - 320 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2

The Level 2 Culinary Skills qualifications will suit you if you have some basic skills and experience as a chef, probably from a role where you work under supervision. You want to gain a formal qualification and increase your skills so that you can take on a more senior role.

For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

Level 2 Award in Culinary Skills (7138-20)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2016

Level 2 Award in Culinary Skills

  • Accreditation No: 601/0990/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 6 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 30 - 44 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Certificate in Culinary Skills (7138-21)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2019

Level 2 Certificate in Culinary Skills

  • Accreditation No: 601/0604/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 14 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 100 - 100 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2021 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Diploma in Culinary Skills (7138-22)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2019

Level 2 Diploma in Culinary Skills

  • Accreditation No: 601/0711/X This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Technical This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 46 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 301 - 301 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • UCAS Points - Distinction*: 0 - Distinction: 0 - Merit: 0 - Pass: 0 This is how many UCAS points this qualification is equivalent to
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2021 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
  • Performance table: Data unavailable This is the year in which this qualification will count towards English performance tables

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