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In this course you will develop a wide range of skills in areas such as food preparation, cooking, food and drink service.

Most learning takes place in the various training and production kitchens as well as the renowned The Lane restaurant in the College. This is supplemented by theory lessons to underpin and embed the knowledge required.

  • What will I study?

    The units you will study are likely to include:

    Core Units:

    • Safe working practices for the hospitality industry
    • The hospitality industry structure and functions
    • Prepare savoury products
    • Prepare sweet products
    • Prepare beverages
    • Serve food and beverages to customers.

    All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

  • Who is this course for?

    This course is ideal for you if you have an interest in working as a chef or Front of House in the hospitality industry and wish to gain a Level 2 qualification in catering.

  • How is the course assessed?

    The course is assessed through a combination of:

    • externally set theory exam
    • externally set practical synoptic assignment.
  • Your Study Programme

    If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • How external factors such as trends, business strategy and the environment influence the development of dishes and menus

    • Advanced food preparation and cooking to produce complex dishes and menu items that meet business and customer requirements

    • The importance of maintaining food safety practices and procedures to ensure safe preparation and cooking of food.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • Work as part of a team to provide a unique dining experience

    • Organise, multitask and manage time well

    • Be creative, with a willingness to learn and self-develop.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Solve problems while working in a challenging, time-critical environment and remain calm under pressure

    • Maintain high standards and promote a customer-centric culture

    • Support colleagues, customers and the business.
  • General info

    You will be required to purchase a uniform and text book before the start of the course. Details will be sent out when agreed with the uniform supplier. Financial help may be available through the College's bursary fund.

  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    This course is for those who wish to progress to a Level 3 qualification or employment in a related area.

    The Level 2 Technical Certificate in Food Preparation and Service could lead to the following employment opportunities:

    • Kitchen/catering assistant
    • Food and beverage assistant

    You are likely to be able to find work with a variety of employers in the hospitality industry, such as:

    • Chain/branded restaurants or outlets
    • Cafes/coffee shops
    • Chain pubs or bars
    • Budget hotels or bed and breakfasts
    • Retailers (e.g. department stores)
    • Public sector catering (e.g. schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, care homes)
    • Employers? staff restaurants
    • Holiday parks and resorts
    • Event caterers (e.g. sports events, music festivals).
  • Entry Requirements for new students

    4 GCSEs at Grade 3

  • Admissions Process

    We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply. These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.
    Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.