Introduction to Hospitality & Catering

What entry requirements do I need?

You will need a minimum of: Entry Certificate or 2 GCSE's (E-G)

What will I learn?

At the end of 2014 the Eating Out in the UK report calculated that there were around 330,000 different restaurants, pubs, clubs, hotels and other outlets selling prepared food up an down the country. Catering is a big and exciting industry.

If you have a flair for food and enjoy providing a quality service, a catering career could be for you.

This one-year qualification in Hospitality and Catering combines two areas of study – Food Preparation and Cooking and Food and Beverage Service.

During the course you will study a range of topics including:

  • Food safety in catering
  • Introduction to employability in the catering and hospitality industry
  • Health and safety awareness for catering and hospitality
  • Introduction to healthy foods and special diets
  • Introduction to kitchen equipment
  • Preparing and cooking food (boiling, poaching and steaming; stewing and braising; baking, roasting and grilling; deep and shallow frying and regeneration of pre-prepared food and cold food preperation)
  • Food and beverage service skills

This courses will provide you with the perfect introduction to food and drink preparation and service.

Learning is very hands-on: we have impressive kitchen facilities on site as well as our popular restaurant, which is frequently fully booked by members of staff and the public.

You will be given every opportunity to examine career paths and explore further training options.

70% practical, 20% coursework and 10% exams. Practical tasks are observed and assessed in the college restaurant. You will also have assignments, presentations and question papers on topics within the qualification..

What could I progress on to?

The course is an excellent starting point for further training, such as the VRQ2 in Food Preparation & Food Services.

You may look to start your career in the industry in food service or counter service roles, or as food preparation staff.

Uniform is required for this course and will cost approximately £220 and allow £30 for trips and visits.

Additional Course Details for 17/18

  • Course code 3717
    Course name Foundation Study Programme in Professional Cookery & Hospitality
    Campus Station Plaza
    Study mode Full-Time
    Start date 11/09/17
    Duration 36 week (s)

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Sometimes it can be difficult to decide the right level at which to study. The guide below will help you work which level is best for you.

Entry Level

These courses are for students who want to start progressing up the qualifications levels or have no previous qualifications.

Vocational Level 1

You must have a mixture of grades E to G at GCSE to study at this level.

Vocational Level 2

You must have two grade D's and two grade E's at GCSE or a relevant level 1 qualification to study at this level.

Vocational Level 3

These courses are equivalent to A levels, you must have at least four GCSE's at grade C or above or a relevant level 2 qualification.

A Levels

A levels are level 3 courses, you must have or expect 5 A-C grades at GCSE level including Maths and English.
Foundation Degree and Degree Our university courses typically require a relevant level 3 qualification or 120 UCAS points.