Our cookery courses are informal and friendly. They're suitable for those who enjoy food and want to further their cooking skills using fresh and mostly seasonal ingredients.

Cooking for pleasure courses are small informal classes of up to eight learners. You'll be given the opportunity to explore different styles and cultures in cookery, as well as traditional cuisine.

Our classes are held across the borough at various times during the day and evening. The classes are delivered by a very versatile team of experienced tutors.

Length of course

5 weeks.

Course content

  • Selection of a recipe
  • Selection and preparation of ingredients
  • Weighing & measuring
  • Following a recipe
  • Adapting a recipe to cater for tastes, quantities, special diets
  • Using a variety of tools & equipment
  • Meal planning & preparation

Entry requirements

No previous knowledge is required

Course fees

The cost of the course is £63.00 which includes all tuition, and registration fees.

If you're under 24, or receive certain benefits, you may be entitled to a fee reduction or remission. See our information about paying for a course for details

How to apply

Call us for more information or to book your place. You'll need to take your National Insurance number to the first session.  You'll also need to provide the ingredients for your chosen recipes and a container to take your dishes home in.

What you can do next


  • Other PCDL course cake decorating
  • Full Cost Recovery courses eg CIEH Food Safety

What our learners say

  • 95% of our community learners say they would recommend us, the highest satisfaction rating in the country.
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  • 79% of our adult skills learners progress onto further learning.
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  • in 2015-16 we ran over 600 courses in more than 60 venues across Barnsley.
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  • In 2015-16 we enrolled 4000 learners in 18 different subject areas.
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