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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Culinary Arts (Professional Cookery) Level 5

PLSS Code 413850 & 370246 | Course Fees: Free | Registration Charge: €50

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If you are looking to begin a dynamic and fulfilling career in catering and the culinary arts then our one-year QQI level 5 course is ideal. Combining practical and theoretical modules, this program is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to secure long-term employment in the catering industry or to allow you to confidently pursue further education with our level 6 progression course or go onto university, such as Technical University Dublin, to study a culinary degree programme.

At our college, we pride ourselves on our commitment to providing our students with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the culinary arts. With a focus on practical learning, you'll have the opportunity to put your skills to the test in real-world settings, preparing you for a successful career in this exciting field.

If you're ready to take your passion for culinary arts to the next level and kick start your career, join us at our college and get ready to unlock your full potential in one of the most dynamic and rewarding industries around.

Entry Requirements

In general you need to have a minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent.  Applications are welcome from students with Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or FETAC Level 4 qualifications.  Exceptions can be made where special circumstances apply on a case by case basis.  The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be considered as meeting the entry requirement for most courses.

We also welcome applications from mature students on all our courses.

What Will I Study?

Our comprehensive curriculum covers everything from food and beverage services, food preparation of international cuisines, culinary techniques, the pastry arts, kitchen health and safety and more - giving you a solid grounding in all areas of culinary arts.

At our college, we understand the importance of hands-on experience, which is why we offer a unique approach to learning. Each week, you'll spend four days in the classroom and one day on work placement, allowing you to put your skills to the test in real-world settings. With the highly energetic and creative environments of the hospitality sector, you'll have the opportunity to hone your skills in a dynamic and exciting setting.

  • Menu Planning and Applied Nutrition
  • Culinary Techniques
  • Pastry
  • Baking and Desserts
  • Meal Service
  • International Cuisines
  • HACCP Food Safety
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Work Practice
  • Personal Effectiveness and Word Processing

What Qualifications Will I Get When I Finish The Course?

QQI Professional Cookery 5M2088 NFQ Level 5, EHOA (Environmental Health Offices Association)

Career Opportunities and Progression

Thanks to our professional cookery course, many of our graduates have gone on to complete Honors degrees as well as having successful culinary careers as Sous and Head chefs, business entrepreneurs, appearances on national television and industry leaders.

There are approximately forty Higher Education Institutions including Universities, Technological Universities and private colleges offering places on a range of courses to QQI full award certificate holders. QQI’s information page Going to higher education using my QQI Award provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.

Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit visit

Full awards can be used for graduates to progress to Level 6 catering at Colaiste Ide or Level 7 and Level 8 programmes in Higher Education such as TU Dublin.  Full awards can also be used for entry to UK, European and International universities, on a case-by-case basis. Full information can be found here.

Graduates regularly secure employment in a range of hotels and restaurants, including those of five-star standard.


As part of our commitment to providing our students with a truly global education, we offer the possibility for students over the age of 18 to be selected for an Erasmus+ European Mobility Exchange placement (subject to funding). This incredible opportunity allows you to gain valuable experience working in an international setting, while also broadening your cultural horizons.


1 Year

Course Code

8411 and 8412



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Funded by the Irish Government and supported by the European Union.

Colaiste Ide College of Further Education European Regional Development Fund Ireland's EU Structural Funds Solas CDETB - City of Dublin Education & Training Board