This is an introduction to the basic skills required to work as a professional chef in the industry.
This is an introduction to the basic skills required to work as a professional chef in the industry. You will be working in groups with specialist tutors. Your course will cover the basic cooking and preparation methods and you will be involved in producing and serving food in Brooks Restaurant, our training restaurant which is open to the general public.
As part of their course students will complete a Level 1 Certificate in General Food and Beverage Service, which provides the basic skills required to work in the food industry and the BII Level 2 Award in Food Safety. Depending upon exam results students may also study three functional skills (ICT, Numeracy and English). There is also the possibility to retake GCSE English and Maths alongside this course.
Students on the catering and hospitality courses will spend a lot of time in the college’s well-equipped kitchens, which provide the opportunity to acquire practical expertise in a realistic working environment to build on your catering skills.
Other facilities include Brooks Restaurant (a 60-seater restaurant that is open to the public), the Bakery Shop, which sells bread, cakes and pastries made by the students. In Brooks Restaurant and the Bakery Shop students will learn to cook and serve high quality food to paying customers.
Students will also benefit from the tuition of our highly qualified lecturers, all of whom have a wealth of expertise and links with the catering industry. Many of our chefs have worked in top London hotels and restaurants, won national and international awards, and have even cooked for a host of celebrities and royals.
Anyone wishing to pursue a career in the catering industry and wants to learn the basic skills necessary to progress into employment or onto higher levels. It is not essential, but is highly recommended, that students will seek and undertake relevant work in the catering industry alongside this qualification.
A selection of practical assessments, externally set assignments and online multiple choice tests.
It is recommended that you purchase appropriate books, clothing and equipment for you to carry out the course, details of which will be provided before the start of the course. Students are allocated a certain amount of free printing, after which a small fee will be incurred.
Some evidence of studying at GCSE grade D/grade 4/or working at Entry Level 3 literacy and numeracy.
Successful completion of this course could enable you to progress to Level 2 Diploma in Catering, or progress into employment. Suitability for the Level 2 will take into consideration practical and theoretical ability, plus overall attitude shown towards all aspects of the course (attendance, behaviour etc.).
Typical jobs in the catering industry could include Kitchen Assistant, Restaurant Bar or Waiting Staff. A typical starting salary for these positions would be in the region of £11,900, extra income could be made in tips and as a guide for future earnings Head Chef’s can earn in the region of £35,000.
Attending one of our Open Events is an opportunity to talk to knowledgeable tutors and view our excellent facilities