SQA Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery

SQA Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery

SQA Advanced Certificate qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the needs of employers.

The SQA Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery (SCQF level 7) develops knowledge and skills in areas such as specialist culinary skills, food hygiene and control systems. Students can specialise in either production cookery or pastry, gaining valuable leadership skills and an understanding of the role of the supervisor.

This qualification is available through a growing number of colleges, training providers and universities around the world. Typically, an SQA Advanced Certificate takes one year to complete.

Internal Assessment Guidance 2020-21

Why deliver this qualification

SQA Advanced Certificates have been developed by SQA in partnership with colleges, universities and industry — so employers recognise that they provide sound evidence of ability.

The unit-based structure supports flexible delivery. A unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

There is a wide choice of optional units which will enable centres to offer courses tailored to meet local needs.

The SQA Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery provides progression routes to further study (see Progression).

Who does this qualification suit

The SQA Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery is suitable for a wide range of candidates, including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • people who wish to start their own business

Entry requirements

As with all SQA qualifications, entry is decided by the college or learning provider. As a guide, the college or learning provider will look for:

  • school-leaving qualifications equivalent to SCQF level 6/RQF level 3, meaning the student has the ability to study at the higher level
  • a centre-devised test which shows the student’s ability to study at SQA Advanced Diploma level
  • relevant work experience

Progression

The SQA Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery at SCQF level 7 can progress to the SQA Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery with Management at SCQF level 8.

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery can provide advanced entry to degree-level study.

Offer this qualification

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority are required to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence, as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

How to assess

Each individual unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for each unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Assessment support packs are available for this qualification.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Current

Qualification structure

SQA Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery at SCQF level 7

Group Award code: GR3L 47 (96 SCQF credit points)

The SQA Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery at SCQF level 7 consists of of six mandatory units (80 SCQF credit points) and one to two optional units (16 SCQF credit points).

For further information on the structures and units of this qualification, please refer to the group award specification document.

Group award specification

Unit Specifications

Lapsing

This group award has been replaced and has entered into its lapsing period.

The lapsing date for this qualification is 31/07/2020

The finishing date for this qualification is 31/07/2023

Centres should note that when a group award is entered into its lapsing period, the following will apply:

  • the group award will be deleted from the relevant catalogue
  •  tthe group award arrangement document will remain until the qualification reaches its finish date at which point it will be removed form SQA website and archived
  •  no new centres may be approved to offer the group award
  • centres should only enter candidates whom they expect to complete the group award during the defined lapsing period of 3 years (Certificate) and 4 years (Diploma)

Qualification structure

SQA Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery

Group award code: GN0E 47 (96 SCQF credit points)

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the group award specification.

Arrangements

For further information on the structure please see the arrangements document GN0E 47 (658 KB).

Unit specifications