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Catering & Hospitality Level 1 Certificate / Diploma
Study Mode
Full Time 
Practical Assessment and Exams 
Catering & Hospitality 
Course Code:
Entry Requirements
Minimum of four GCSEs grades A* - E, or equivalent qualifications. 

Catering & Hospitality Level 1 Certificate / Diploma

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.

About the Course

This course is suitable for anyone wanting to start their journey towards a rewarding career in catering. As an introduction to the industry you will develop skills and knowledge in both kitchen and restaurant service, covering all the basic skills, techniques and processes required to prepare you for work at an operational level. Most students would normally start at Level 1 but for some students Level 2 may be more appropriate. Progression onto Level 2/Level 3 courses will develop your skills further. 

What will I learn?

You will spend time doing practical activities in the kitchens in order to develop your basic cookery skills. In addition you will prepare food for the college food outlets and experience a realistic working environment by working in the kitchen of Sparks Restaurant during a lunch service.

On another day you will prepare our onsite restaurant, The Silver Plate, for lunch or dinner service and then practice and develop your food service skills by serving customers in the restaurant.

What else will I gain?

You will also work towards furthering your achievement level of Maths and English.

The Food Safety Level 2 certificate is also included within the course.

Key Units

Key Units
  • Food Preparation
  • Food Theory
  • Food Service (Practical)
  • Food Service (Theory)
  • Food Production 
  • Food Safety

Entry Requirements

Minimum of four GCSEs grades A* - E, or equivalent qualifications. 


  • Practical assessments
  • Written assignments
  • End of unit test papers

Where does this Lead

It can lead to the Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery. 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.

Future Opportunities

Work opportunities in hotels, restaurants, fast food outlets, industrial catering, institutional catering, cruise ships, event catering.

Tell Me More

Why study this course at The Sheffield College?

The college has a vibrant atmosphere and the catering department has an international and national reputation for excellence. The facilities in the department are exceptional with bespoke, cutting edge kitchens that are the envy of the industry. You will become part of a highly disciplined and enthusiastic department which ensures students reach their full potential.

Extra Costs

What will I need?

There is a uniform and equipment requirement for this course, order forms can be obtained through the College admission team or the course teaching team. Average cost for these requirements is £250.

Those in financial hardship can apply for help from the college’s Learner Support Fund.