This course provides the skills required to work as a chef within the industry.
This course provides the skills required to work as a chef within the industry. You will be working in groups with specialist tutors. Your course will further develop your skills in cooking and preparation. You will also develop a variety of food service techniques as required by industry.
As part of their course students will complete a Level 1 Certificate in Professional Food and Beverage Service, which provides more in depth training in the skills required to work in the food service industry, the BII Level 2 Award in Food Safety (if not already completed), plus two functional skills (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 (our 60-seater training 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.
If a career in Catering & Hospitality (the largest service industry in the country) appeals to you, this industry recognised course will provide training for a worthwhile and rewarding career that offers high job satisfaction and good prospects. Also suitable for those that have completed a Level 1 and have regular employment in the Industry and want to develop their skills further.
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.
5 GCSE passes including 1 GCSE at grade C/grade 4 and above or for progressing student’s successful achievement of a level 1 vocational qualification.
Successful completion of this course could enable you to progress to Level 3 Diploma in Catering, or progress into full-time employment. Suitability for the Level 3 will take into consideration practical and theoretical ability, plus overall attitude shown towards all aspects of the course (attendance, behaviour etc.). You could also use this qualification to progress straight into employment in a wide range of catering establishments. Another option would be for you to progress to employment and with the support of your employer you may be able to continue to study at Level 3 on a part-time basis or apprenticeship.
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 Chefs 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