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Culinary Arts

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Certificates at this level are typically awarded for two years of full-time study after the leaving certificate or equivalent. Skills developed are mostly technical and vocationally specific, i.e. are focused on a specific career sector. National apprenticeships programmes are included in thhis level.

Awards at this level recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications may lead to 3rd level progression opportunities.

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Qualifications at this level prepare for occupations that involve using the skills and knowledge learned alongside existing workers in 'real world' environments.  Examples include restaurant managers, electricians, engineering technicians, legal secretaries, hairdressers, and web developers.

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2 Years
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Students will be introduced to international cuisine, healthy cooking and much more. Extensive periods of work placement are an intrinsic part of our programmes, which gives students critical practical experience highly valued by employers. 

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From College Website...
AL660 - Culinary Arts
Athlone IT

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AL660 - Culinary Arts
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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement. Click on the link below to find PLC courses that also relate to this career sector. Note you can view more courses by adjusting the filters on the list page.

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Graduates from this course will be in an excellent position to obtain employment in the hospitality and catering industries.

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