Restaurant and Catering Services, Cook

‍‍Vocational qualification in Restaurant and Catering Services, Competence area of Food Services, Cook


Education information:

Start date of studies: January the 13th 2020

Duration: 2,5yrs in average

Completion method: Education takes place in the class room settings, training kitchens and work places. School time is from Monday to Friday between 8am to 4pm.

Where: Tennistie 1, in Hiekkaharju Campus.

Applying and selecting students

This study is suitable for applicants living permanently in Finland.

Application period: November 1st to 29th 2019

Language requirements: Fluent English, basic Finnish

Interview: Interviews will be held in December, and applicants will be invited for the interview by calling them.

Study Program

The objective of the study program is that the student will be able to work as a cook in the hospitality industry. Furthermore, the study program gives qualifications to work within the industry in several other positions as well.

The main aim of the study program is to give qualifications which enable the holder of the certificate to work as a cook in a restaurant in the Finnish working environments. Vocational upper secondary qualification in Restaurant and Catering Services is composed of vocational units and common units.

Vocational units, for example

  • Working in catering services
  • Preparing lunch dishes
  • Preparing plated dishes

Common units, for example

  • Math
  • Finnish
  • IT

You will study in different study environments - in classroom, at the Varia College restaurant and in different work placements.

Read more about vocational and common units from here.
Read more about information on qualification from here.


Qualified cooks will work at á la carte restaurants, staff restaurants, institutional kitchens, banquets and catering services, fast food services and cafes, for example. The employment procentage for the graduates is very good due to very high demand for the professionals in the hospitality industry.

Cost of study

Education in Vantaa Vocational College Varia is free of charge and so is a daily lunch. At the beginning the students are required to purchase uniforms, one for the kitchen and one for the customer service and professional shoes and a set of knives. All this adds up to approx. 400 euros.

Further studies

Vocational qualification in Restaurant and Catering Services enables the graduates to apply for further studies at the university of applied sciences or at the university.


Application period twice a year. Will be informed in this page and here (jatkuva haku).

Due to a very large amount of applications, the first priority is applicants who are permanently living in Finland. Language requirements are fluent English and basic Finnish.

More information

Piritta Otto-Sprunck, tel. 0405241244,

You can study Cook program at Hiekkaharju campus, Tennistie 1, 01370 Vantaa.

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