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Advanced Diploma of Hospitality (Commercial Cookery Specialisation)

If you want to own a restaurant or manage your own culinary business then you will need a combination of technical culinary skills and hospitality business acumen. This course has been designed to equip you with this recipe of specialist knowledge. By studying this program you will receive the practical skills you need to get a job as a chef, as well as a solid foundation of business subjects that will allow you to be a successful manager in the hospitality industry.

Course at a glance

Study Options – Domestic Australian students

Full-time On-campus Blended Delivery
Part time options available upon request

Study options – Overseas students

FT On Campus

Start Dates

February, May, September

Course Length

Full Time: 2 years
Part Time: Options available upon request

Entry Requirements

For Domestic students: Direct entry. No academic entry criteria. International students require an IELTS 5.5 with no skills band less than 5.0. Minimum 18 years of age prior to course commencement with completion of Senior High School Certificate (Year 12) or equivalent or Mature age entry with relevant work experience

Finance Options - Domestic Australian students


Course study requirements

On campus: Timetabled 20 Hours per week FT. 10 hours per week of self-directed study PT Options available upon request


Practical assessments and assignments


Sydney Campus

Delivered by

William Blue College of Hospitality Management (WBCHM)

Accrediting body


CRICOS Course code (if applicable)


Training Package details: http://training.gov.au/Training/Details/SIT60313
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Key dates for 2015

  Orientation Trimesters Holidays
Trimester 1 5 & 6 Feb 2015 9 Feb 2015 - 1 May 2015 TBC
Trimester 2 TBC 25 May 2015 - 14 Aug 2015 TBC
Trimester 3 TBC 7 Sept 2015 – 27 Nov 2015 TBC

Entry Requirements

Australian Students:

  • Direct entry. No academic entry criteria
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Additional qualifications and pathways:

Qualified tradespeople are required to complete and graduate with a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, which is why we offer this qualification as an optional addition with the Advanced Diploma. This course is Scholarship funded to the value of $3,300.

All students who complete this program may be eligible to articulate into the William Blue Bachelor of Business program. Additionally, those who select certain subjects are eligible to receive the AHLEI qualification on top of their Advanced Diploma. To find out more speak to our Course and Careers Advisers.

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Get work experience with an industry placement

Accelerated learning and high profile internships mean you start your career faster.

Get work experience with an industry placement

No one gets the practical experience they need by sitting in a classroom all day! Part of this course includes a 600 hour workplace industry placement giving you real-world work experience with one of William Blue’s high profile industry partners.

Find out more about our industry placements

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, all William Blue qualifications are recognised within the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) and governed by ASQA, the national regulator. In addition, William Blue’s close industry links ensure that your William Blue qualification is highly respected within the hospitality industry.

Industry relevance is at the core of everything we do at William Blue. We think that industry experience is so important that the Industry Placement Program is a compulsory part of the Advanced Diploma of Hospitality (Event Management Pathway). No one gets the practical experience they need by sitting in a classroom all day. That’s why we partner with the best in the business for the William Blue Industry Placement Program. Some of the organisations that we place students with include The Star, Hamilton Island, InterContinental Hotels Group and• Shangri-La Hotel.

William Blue’s advanced diploma courses are eligible for VET FEE-HELP assistance. High School students currently in Year 12 students may apply for a William Blue Scholarship.

The William Blue campus is located in North Sydney, just a few minutes from central Sydney across the famous Harbour Bridge. The address is: Northpoint Campus, 171 Pacific Highway, North Sydney, 2060, NSW Australia. The campus is a few minutes walk from the North Sydney train station and bus terminal.

If you have previously studied or worked in hospitality, you may be eligible to receive a subject exemption that can potentially shorten the length of your William Blue diploma. Read more about course credits.

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Todd King

2012 Graduate | Advanced Diploma of Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) | Chef de Partie, Jonah’s Whale Beach | Former Chef, The Apollo Potts Point 

“William Blue has a strong portfolio of industry partners and provided me with the chance to learn both how to cook and work in a kitchen but also to learn about different facets of the hospitality industry. If you're interested in entering the industry, my advice is not to be afraid to throw yourself out there. If you're passionate and persistent, it will pay off.”

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