Professional Courses

Silwood Certificate Course 

A one year, full-time intensive course during which students master all the professional methods and techniques needed for a career in a professional kitchen.


A maximum of 48 students are selected each year and classes are limited to 12, so students receive the best, individual instruction and attention.



Students not only master the classic cooking methods and techniques in the course but also budgeting, costing and purchasing. This is achieved by making the student responsible for the purchasing and costing of all the ingredients needed for practical classes, whilst staying within the given budget. These skills are fundamental in the running of a successful kitchen or food business and are best taught by doing, rather than textbook learning. Once the student graduates he/she not only has highly developed culinary skills but also a respect and understanding of the cost of food and how to manage the purchasing.

Students are assessed daily in practical classes and a theory test is written each Friday. Marks are recorded on the Silwood website on a weekly basis, so that students and parents are able to track their progress by typing in their personal code.

In order to graduate students must complete all practical classes, as well as pass the Silwood examinations.

“The proof is in the pudding” – the Silwood course works- see what Silwood graduates achieve: “short cut to student achievement page”

Silwood Grande Diplome graduates are eligible to apply for entrance into the University of Cape Towns’ postgraduate diploma in entrepreneurship (management), offered by the Department of Commerce.  see details