£11,440 Average salary at age 20
£20,280 Average Salary
37 Average hours per week


Cooks prepare, season and cook food, often using pre-prepared ingredients, in clubs, private households, fast food outlets, shops selling food cooked on the premises and the catering departments and canteens of other establishments.

Main Tasks

  • Requisitions or purchases foodstuffs and checks quality;
  • Plans meals, prepares, seasons and cooks foodstuffs;
  • Cooks and sells a range of meals, such as fish and chips, over the counter;
  • Plans and co-ordinates kitchen work such as fetching, clearing and cleaning of equipment and utensils.


There are no formal academic requirements. Training is provided off- and on-the-job. NVQs/ SVQs in Food Preparation and Cooking are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Apprenticeships leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 3 are also available.

What Cooks studied in higher education

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What Cooks studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(C9) Others in biological sciences2
(L4) Social policy3
(G1) Mathematics2
(W2) Design studies8
(L3) Sociology1
(C1) Biology4
(F1) Chemistry4
(C8) Psychology4
(W1) Fine art5
(V3) History by topic2
(F8) Physical geographical sciences2
(W6) Cinematics & photography6
(Q3) English studies5
(L2) Politics3
(K1) Architecture2
(H1) General engineering1
(W4) Drama2
(M1) Law by area2
(J9) Others in technology2
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport2
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology2
(V5) Philosophy3
(F3) Physics6
(N1) Business studies2
(L5) Social work2
(D6) Food & beverage studies2
(V6) Theology & religious studies2
(X1) Training teachers2
(C6) Sport & exercise science2
(C3) Zoology4
(P3) Media studies2
(V1) History by period8
(Q8) Classical studies2
(I1) Computer science2

UK Prospects

69300 Workforce Size
4.77% Predicted decline 2024 - 2027
9812 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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