Culinary Arts (Professional Cookery Practice) / Ealaíona Cócaireachta (Cleachtas Gairmiúil Cócaireachta)

Programme Title:  Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts (Professional Cookery Practice)

2021 CAO Points 242

Leaving Cert

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Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish




Applications from QQI Level 5 are welcome. Further details at


Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at

If any applicant has a medically diagnosed food allergy (note; not an intolerance), this programme is not recommended. 

This program integrates the theoretical and practical elements of culinary arts education to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding for you to build successful careers in today’s fast-growing, ever-changing culinary arts, hospitality and food industries. This two-year programme, it includes a period of culinary work experience. The programme is built around three core areas of the culinary arts disciplines: Culinary p

On graduation, you may expect to pursue a career as a qualified professional in the culinary, food service and hospitality industries – including hotels, restaurants, industrial catering, food retail outlets, licensed trade, cruise liners and other food-related industries – and advance towards becoming a fully qualified chef or catering supervisor or manager. 

If you successfully complete this programme, you’ll be eligible to apply to transfer to the BA in Culinary Arts, the BSc in Culinary Entrepreneurship and similar programmes in TU Dublin.

This programme facilitates student entry into national and international culinary competitions and offers student bursaries and awards throughout the programme.

Study Abroad

Our internship programme provides students with opportunities to undertake a work placement in Ireland, some students do opt to undertake the placement abroad.

Work Placement

Students complete work placements at Michelin star restaurants, hotels, bakeries and confectioners, and other food related


Graduates may expect to develop careers as qualified professionals in the culinary, foodservice and hospitality industries (including hotels, restaurants, industrial catering, food retail outlets, licensed trade, cruise liners and other food related industries) and advance towards positions

  • Chefs
  • Catering supervisors/Managers

The programme is of two years duration and includes a period of industry work experience. The programme is built around three core areas of the culinary arts disciplines namely:

  • Culinary Arts Performance
  • Culinary Science
  • Management, Languages and Information Technology

Core culinary modules such as kitchen & larder, pastry and wine studies are married with modules in gastronomy, aesthetics, nutrition, culinary science, culinary information systems, languages and business studies.

The programme is offered in a modular format: On the successful completion of year one and two, graduates are awarded a Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts (Professional Cookery Practice).

  • Kitchen & Larder 1&2
  • Pastry 1
  • Practical Larder Work
  • Theory of Food and Kitchen Organisation
  • French Culinary & Wine Terminology
  • Hygiene & HACCP
  • Culinary Information Systems
  • Food & Beverage Studies
  • The Science of Food & Cooking
  • Gastronomy 1
  • Internship 
  • Kitchen & Larder 3 & 4
  • Gastronomy 2
  • Introduction to Food Costing
  • Practical Restaurant Operation
  • Food Production & Presentation
  • Intro to Nutrition & Diet Therapy
  • Pastry 3
  • Wine Studies 1
  • Introduction to Business
  • Culinary Operations Management

"TU643 was a great starting off point for me. As it gave me basic cooking techniques to produce great food. Also, the TU643 course gave me a great foundation into the science behind food and why it is important to have the basic cooking techniques. It gave me the fundamentals about food and also how to work with a team because not one person can run a kitchen by themselves, it takes a whole team.   Currently I am a Chef de Partie at MacNean House and restaurant. I love my job here and I walk into the kitchen everyday looking forward to another day of work" 

Ryan Malone, Chef de Partie, McNean House & Restaurant

Please see below for list of progression options.

TU Code



Level 6


Higher Certificate


2 years

Number of Places



City Centre: Grangegorman


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Programme Chair - Mr Diarmaid Murphy

Progression Options

Year 1
Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts (Professional Cookery Practice) (Level 6)
Year 2
Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts (Professional Cookery Practice) (Level 6)
Year 3
TU942 BA (Hons) in Culinary Arts - Year 3 (Level 8)
TU943 BSc (Hons) in Culinary Entrepreneurship - Year 3 (Level 8)
TU944 BSc (Hons) in Culinary Science - Year 3 (Level 8)