Hospitality and Catering // Level 1
The course for you if ...
You have a genuine passion for the catering industry and want to begin by learning the essentials in order to become a great chef.
What will I study?
As well as food preparation, you will study a variety of cooking techniques and skills including: boiling, steaming, poaching, stewing, braising, baking, roasting, grilling, shallow frying, deep frying and more.
This course is an ideal stepping-stone into the catering and restaurant industries. You will gain experience of interesting cookery sessions in our industrial kitchens and meet a wide range of customers working in our on-site Retreat Bistro and Coffee Shop.
You will learn to make a wide range of simple dishes for campus customers, as well as studying: an introduction to catering and hospitality; food safety in catering; health and safety awareness; an introduction to healthier foods and special diets; an introduction to kitchen equipment and an introduction to personal workplace skills.
A range of GCSEs at Grade D-F; or at least a pass at BTEC Entry or Certificate or equivalent. Mature students with no formal qualifications may be considered. You will need to attend an interview with a course tutor and get a satisfactory reference from a previous course, school or employer. Students are required to purchase uniforms and kit for all Catering courses (approx. cost of kit and uniforms = £220, based on 13-14 costs). Financial support may be available to help with the cost of course-specific equipment, ask the Gateway team for more details.
Assessment is based on practical competency as well as graded assessments and short answer test papers linked to specific units.
Progression & Careers
You can progress onto a Level 2 Professional Cookery course. Careers include: Food Handler or Front of House in a restaurant.
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