Vocational Qualification in Restaurant and Catering Services

Vocational Qualification in Restaurant and Catering services gives qualifications to work as a cook and in other positions in the hospitality industry.

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Study Programme

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. 

Examples of Vocational Study Units  

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

Examples of Common Units 

  • Math 
  • Finnish 
  • IT 

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

Read more about information on qualification. 

The study takes place at the Hiekkaharju campus at Tennistie 1, Vantaa.


Duration: 2,5yrs in average 

School time is from Monday to Friday between 8am to 4pm. 

This study is suitable for applicants living permanently in Finland.

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 (A1.2). Good physical condition is required by the field.

Interviews will be held at Varia campus Hiekkaharju in November, and applicants will be invited for the interview by calling them. 

Application period is twice a year (October and April). This will be informed in this page and HERE (haussa olevat koulutukset).


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, set of knives and study books. All this adds up to approximately 550 euros.


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. 

Further studies

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

Varia also offers pathway studies to Haaga-Helia where students get the opportunity to complete the first semester of the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in their final year of studies. 

More information

For further info please contact Heli Toivonen, heli.k.toivonen@eduvantaa.fi


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