This is a 1 year full time course
About the course
This course will give you a basic introduction to the catering industry. You will learn the basic skills and processes required to prepare you for work in this industry at an operational level. After successful completion of the level 1 diploma you will normally progress onto the level 2 diploma to develop your skills further. Students would normally start at level 1 to gain the necessary skills before progressing to level 2.
You will spend time doing practical activities in the kitchens to develop your basic kitchen skills. You will be preparing food for the restaurant and experience a realistic working environment working in the kitchen during the lunch time service. This will allow you to practice your cooking skills. You will also prepare the restaurant for service and practice your food service skills when serving customers in the restaurant.
There is a classroom element of the course where you will look at the theory of cooking processes and food service to help you prepare for the assessments. You will cover topics such as food safety, cooking techniques, food and beverage service, menu planning and preparing healthier foods and food for special dietary requirements. There will also be opportunities for you to work on your assignments in a group or individually and research recipes and ingredients.
The catering department has exceptional facilities with several very well equipped kitchens, a bakery and an 80 seat, licensed public restaurant.
Students are required to purchase some specialist equipment before the start of the course. This includes kitchen and restaurant uniforms and a basic set of professional kitchen knives. The approximate cost of which is £220. The College will give you more information on this before you start your course. Those in financial hardship can apply for help from the college's Learner Support Fund.
You are expected to study functional skills in English and maths where necessary.
Personal Study Time
You are expected to work independently on project work away from the college.
Will this course suit me?
An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated with a desire to learn and has an interest in the catering industry as well as cookery and the service of food. You must be flexible and self-motivated. You will need good preparation skills and to be well organised.
Diploma in Professional Cookery level 1.
Certificate in Professional Food and Beverage Service level 1.
What students say about this course.
"I am much happier doing practical work and there is lots of practical on this course"
"I want to own my own restaurant so I am learning lots of things that will help me to do this"
"I love cooking and want to stay on to do my level 3"
"I am much more confident now. Working in the restaurant has helped me with this"
Your practical work will be assessed in the kitchens and the restaurant. Approximately 40% of the course is theory assessed by a series of short answer test papers and written assignments on topics such as food safety and health and safety awareness.
The assignments are spread out evenly over the academic year.
4 GCSEs at Grade 2 or above including English Language
Where can it lead?
It can lead to the Diploma in Professional Cookery level 2.
Career opportunities include working in the kitchen or front of house as a server, barista or bar staff in a variety of pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels.