HNC Professional Cookery candidate information

HNC Professional Cookery imageThe HNC Professional Cookery will develop your knowledge and skills in areas such as specialist culinary skills and food hygiene and control systems.

You will be able to specialise in production cookery or patisserie. You will also gain leadership skills and an understanding of the role of the supervisor.

You will also be able to develop your planning, analysis, study and research skills, and your critical and evaluative thinking skills.

Employment and progression opportunities

The HNC will provide you with a route to degree level study at institutions throughout Scotland. You should ask your centre for more information about this.

The HNC allows you to gain recognition from the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) for Food Hygiene Intermediate.


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • Appropriate groupings of National Units
  • Any 2 National Qualifications at Higher together with 3 Standard Grade passes at 3 or above.
  • An SVQ at level 2 or 3 in a relevant area
  • Relevant work experience

Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, Vocational Qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may also be acceptable.