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Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts

Course Code: LC298




2 Years


Sport, Leisure & Tourism

CAO Points


Course Type

Direct Entry



This Culinary Arts programme provides graduates with the skills to cook to an appropriate level of competence, and to establish a base for further professional career development. This programme prepares students for work as professional chefs in the hospitality and tourism sectors. A chef will learn to be creative in the kitchen but also requires good business management and communications skills to organise and direct staff in the kitchen environment and our programme provides students with these skills. A Culinary Arts qualification is a passport to travel and the programme is recognised worldwide.

This programme covers the theory and practice of professional cookery and includes a 12 week work placement. 

Note: Students will require €350 approx. for knives, uniforms and safety shoes payable during the first week of college. 

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants must have 5 O6/H7 grades or higher at Ordinary Level in 5 Leaving Certificate subjects. Two of these subjects must include *Mathematics and a Language (English or Irish). 

*Foundation Level Maths at Grade F2 or higher is acceptable as meeting the Mathematics requirement for this course. 

Applicants presenting QQI FET/FETAC qualifications must hold a Full Level 5 Award totalling 120 Credits. 

Applicants presenting qualifications other than those mentioned above will be assessed on an individual basis. 

Mature Applicants (i.e. over 23) are exempt from the normal entry requirements.

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What modules will I study?

Year 1    

Culinary Skills 1, Culinary Operations, Pastry 1, Food Safety & Nutrition, Information Technology, Larder & Product Knowledge and Communications & Personal Development.

Year 2    

Culinary Skills 2, Global & Contemporary Cuisine, Pastry 2, Classical Cuisine and Gastronomy, Business Management, Catering Systems and Resource Management and Work Based Learning (10-12 week placement).

Are there opportunities for further study?

Graduates of the Level 6 Culinary Arts programme can also progress to a one year add-on Level 7 degree in Culinary Arts. 

What are the career prospects?

On successful completion of the Culinary Arts programme, students will be prepared for employment as professional chefs in the tourism and hospitality industry, having a standard equivalent to completing two years of the four-year chef apprenticeship. 


More Information

This programme will appeal to students interested in developing a career as a professional chef in the hospitality and tourism industry. The hotel industry seeks to train approximately 3,000 new chefs a year due to natural attrition so there are exciting and plentiful career options for students.