Why study National 4 Hospitality: Practical Cookery? 

Healthy, tasty food is crucial to our wellbeing. The course will suit a pupil if they love food and cooking and want to develop their skills in this area. Being able to cook for yourself and others is a valuable life skill and can lead to a range of careers, including working in hotels and restaurants, the health sector and the food industry. 

 What other school subjects might help me to be successful? Entry is at the discretion of the school but would normally expect a pupil to have completed the BGE course in practical cookery. 

 What pupils will study?  

This course is practical and relevant to the world of work. Pupils will develop their skills in choosing ingredients, preparing dishes and presenting them appropriately. They will learn more about the importance of safety and hygiene when preparing and presenting food. 

 Pupils will also be given the opportunity to complete a Food Hygiene certificate – this is sponsored by The Royal Environmental Health Institute for Scotland. 

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How is the course structured? 

 The course centres around fourkey themes. 

Theme 1: 

Cookery Skills, Techniques and Processes    

Theme 2 

Understanding and Using Ingredients   

Theme 3      

Organisational Skills for Cooking    

Theme 4 


Producing a Meal  

  • Enhance your cookery skills, food preparation techniques and ability to follow cookery processes. 


  • Further develop your understanding of the importance of safety and hygiene and your ability to follow safe and hygienic practices at all times. 
  • Learn about ingredient sourcing and  



  • Select and use a range of appropriate ingredients in the preparation of a range of dishes. 



  • Plan, produce and cost dishes and meals. 


  • Gain more experience in evaluating food products and recipes. 




  • Pupils will successfully complete a hospitality -based assignment.  


  • The task will be sufficiently open and flexible to allow for personalisation and choice. 



Additional Information 


How is the course assessed?           


Which course could I do next? 


Which jobs relate to this area? 


Parental Engagement 

4 x Unit Assessments 


Items of assessment could also include:  


Practical catering and event planning  

Written work   

Research projects  

Question papers 



National 5 Practical  

Cookery   – see nationals in a nutshell  


National 5 Practical Cake 

Craft  – see SQA 


Browse the careers links below: 


Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism   


 Hospitality: Practical Cookery – Related Careers 



Parent Council 



School Website/Twitter  


School Handbook  


Option Choice Handbook  


Open evenings/events  


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