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The River Cottage Cooking Diploma

River Cottage cookery courses online. Join Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall at River Cottage for culinary training in your own home.

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The River Cottage Cooking Diploma: Next Level

River Cottage Next Level Diploma takes your cooking skills onto the next stage with River Cottage's team of chefs led by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

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Much More Veg taught by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Learn how to eat more vegetables and plant-based foods by taking the Much More Veg course on Learning With Experts.

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Sourdough and Wild Yeast Baking taught by Andy Tyrrell

Mastering a range of classic sourdough loaves, using rye, wheat and spelt flours, plus tasty sourdough doughnuts, pizza and pancakes

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Cheese Making at Home taught by Marcus Fergusson

Join artisan cheesemaker Marcus Ferguson to learn how to make your own cheese including a camembert and Caerphilly

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Boosting Gut Health & Immunity taught by Naomi Devlin

Learn how to improve your gut health, with prebiotics, probiotics, polyphenols and fermented foods.

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Pasta Making at Home taught by Gelf Alderson

Learn how to make pasta at home with River Cottage's Head Chef Steven Kiernan.

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Next Level Wood-Fired Cooking taught by Gill Meller

River Cottage's Gill Meller elevates cooking in the great outdoors to the next level including cooking fish on the beach and cooking meat on a spit.

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Next Level Bread & Baking taught by Andy Tyrrell

River Cottage's Andy Tyrell will teach you how to make perfect farmhouse loaves, baguettes, ciabatta, focaccia, brioche, and a spiced fruity tea loaf.

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How to Have a River Cottage Christmas taught by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Embrace the Christmas spirit with Hugh and the River Cottage team and learn to make a selection of River Cottage festive favourite recipes.

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Next Level Much More Veg taught by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Hugh shows you how to make seasonal fresh veg and fruit exciting, inviting and down-right tempting for even most staunch veg sceptics.

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Ethical Meat: Sourcing & Cooking taught by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

In this extensive course, you’ll learn from the experts how to source meat ethically and eat it in the most respectful and sustainable way possible.

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Next Level Fermentation taught by Rachel de Thample

River Cottage's Rachel de Thample teaches you the next level of fermenting food and drink

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Gluten Free Cooking taught by Naomi Devlin

Led by nutritionist and gluten-free expert Naomi Devlin, this Gluten Free cookery course will teach you how to cook tasty gluten-free recipes.

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Fermenting For Taste and Health taught by Rachel de Thample

Explore the many realms of fermenting, exploring an array of krauts, kombuchas and lacto-fermented delicacies.

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Foraging and Feasting taught by John Wright

Learn how to forage and feast by taking the Foraging and Feasting course on Learning With Experts.

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The Pie Shop taught by Gelf Alderson

River Cottage chef Tom Morrell teaches you how to make a variety of savoury pastry recipes – including shortcrust, rough puff, hot water crust and suet.

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Eat The Veg Patch taught by Adam Crofts

Learn how to eat from your own veg patch by taking the Eat The Veg Patch course on Learning With Experts.

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Hands on Fish and Shellfish taught by Gelf Alderson

Improve your skills and learn how to cook fish with the Hands on Fish & Shellfish course taught by Gelf Alderson at Learning with Experts

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River Cottage on Fire taught by Gill Meller

Learn how to cook over a fire by taking the River Cottage on Fire course on Learning With Experts.

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Why choose Learning with Experts?

  • Start anytime

    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors

    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors
  • Test yourself

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments
  • Personal tuition

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors
  • Share ideas

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

Online courses – your questions answered

  • What’s the difference between the PEER and EXPERT level gardening courses?

    At Peer and Expert level, you get access to the same core content and features:

    • Video lesson tutorials led by your expert tutor
    • Downloadable lesson notes
    • Option to practise what you learn with lesson assignments
    • Group learning within an online interactive classroom of up to 20 classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes and classroom

    If you choose Expert level, you get all of the above plus the following:

    • Personalised assignment feedback and coaching from your expert tutor
    • Opportunity to interact with your expert tutor through a private messaging system
    • Certificate of completion
  • What is an online classroom?

    Our online classroom has been developed to allow you to learn from our experts in a sociable environment alongside up to 20 other students. After each video tutorial led by your expert, you will be encouraged to practice what you have learned with optional assignments - these can be seen by the other students in your class, who are free to share their own thoughts and questions with you.

    You will be encouraged to take part in an ongoing class discussion where you can discuss ideas, post images or work, and comment on each other’s assignments. It’s a great way to learn from other like-minded people who share your passion from all over the world.

    This means not only do you benefit from people who are outstanding in their field, but also from a close-knit group of like-minded people whom you can learn alongside. Group learning has shown to greatly improve not just the experience of studying, but also how well you retain the knowledge, and we have built our classroom experience around this fact.

  • When can I start my course and how long will it take?

    You can start your course any time within 12 months after receipt of your purchase confirmation email. Once you start, you’ll have lifetime access — meaning you can revisit the lesson videos and notes whenever you want.

    Our courses are designed so that you can study at your own pace, some prefer to binge learn while others like to spread their studying over a longer period of time - it’s completely up to you. To give you a rough time frame, each lesson video is approximately 30-40 minutes long, and we recommend that you spend around an hour on each assignment.

  • How often can I speak with the Expert?

    If you opt for the Expert version of your course, the time you have to interact with your tutor is limited to course length. You will have one week per lesson to chat to your tutor and to have your assignments marked, and during this period you can ask them as many questions as you would like.

    To find out the length of each course, head to the product page and look at the Course outline to see how many lessons it contains. e.g. a four lesson course assumes that you will have completed the assignments within four weeks.

    Your tutor interaction period will start as soon as you enter the classroom. If you find that you are struggling to complete the assignments in the allocated time or you wish to put this function on hold, just get in contact with one of the team via the support button and we will help you out.