Intensive Certificate Course


Program Description

Intensive Certificate Course

4 Weeks, Full-Time

Our Intensive Certificate Course is one of our most popular courses, giving a solid introduction to the main areas of the kitchen, in addition to wine studies.

Who is the course for?

Our Intensive Certificate Course is open to students of all ages and abilities. The Intensive Certificate can be used as a valuable gateway into the private cooking world, such as ski-lodges and chalets. In addition, the course equips students with an incredibly rewarding life skill for either school-leavers or gap-year students.

Career Opportunities

Students that have completed our Intensive Certificate Course often use their qualification as a ticket to travel the world. Whether this is a ski season in Mirabelle or a Summer on board a yacht, the Intensive Certificate Course will give you the skills and the knowledge that agencies require. As a life skill, the course will give students tips and techniques that will remain with them throughout the years, whether this is university, cooking for family or entertaining.

Culinary Programme

Our Intensive Course equips students with a broad range of core skills, achieved through 90% dedicated hands-on experience enhanced through demonstrations by our professionally trained tutors.


The Intensive Course is challenging, fun, informative and covers key areas including:

  • Knife skills
  • Soups, stocks and sauces
  • Bread, baking & pastry
  • Fish preparation and cooking
  • Meat preparation and cooking
  • Menu planning & costing
  • Cooking for larger numbers

CV Building Workshop

As part of the Intensive Certificate Course, we also offer an invaluable interview & CV building workshop.
Mentored by experienced HR and business experts, this is an excellent opportunity to perfect your CV and hone your interview technique in preparation for either a change in career or to delve into the world of work.

Wine Studies

During the course, students are given a one-day introduction to food and wine matching, tutored by our expert sommelier.

This will give students a foundation of understanding regarding the makeup of wines and their ability to match with various flavour and food types.

This course will give students a good understanding of grape varieties and will enable informed wine and spirit selections.

This course provides an excellent foundation to pursue further studies in food and wine.

Health & Safety

Before working in any foodservice environment, it is a legal requirement that every employee have a REHIS food hygiene certificate. As a matter of course, all of our Foundation Diploma students spend a full day of training with our Health & Safety officer, at the end of which a short exam is taken to gain certification.

Chef’s Essential Kit

Knives and whites are an essential part of any chef’s kit, given that it is virtually impossible to work without them. Therefore, we equip all students with a full set of knives and equipment, as well as two sets of chef’s whites.

This is included in the Intensive Certificate Course price.

Careers Day at ESFW

Although Intensive Certificate students do not take the Business Course, we host the ESFW Careers Day each year. This introduces students to various potential employers from across the hospitality spectrum. These days are always very positive and help students make valuable contacts within the industry, which they can choose to follow up either straight away or keep in their network for the future.

Qualifications & Accreditation

Edinburgh School of Food & Wine is fully accredited by ICAS and is continuously assessed and reviewed to ensure that we are reaching the standards that they set.

Only upon successful completion of our Diploma course, will each student receive:

Intensive Certificate in Food & Wine

REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene Certificate

Don’t just take our word for it…

“I was at a bit of a crossroads, having left a job with my dad as an engineer and looking to pursue my passion for cooking. Edinburgh School of Food & Wine was by far the best of the bunch and my time here will stay with me forever. Since finishing the course, I am back home in Yorkshire, working in a 5 star hotel and loving every minute of it!”

John Donaghue, 2011 Diploma in Food & Wine

Courses Dates 2017 & Price

  • 4 January – 31 January £2,500 inc VAT (£500 deposit)
  • 1 August – 28 August £2,500 inc VAT (£500 deposit)
Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

The Edinburgh School of Food & Wine (ESFW) is Scotland’s oldest independent and award winning cookery school, established in 1986. ESFW is situated in The Coach House of the Newliston Estate, EH29 ... Read More

The Edinburgh School of Food & Wine (ESFW) is Scotland’s oldest independent and award winning cookery school, established in 1986. ESFW is situated in The Coach House of the Newliston Estate, EH29 9EB. Read less