You will be able to develop the skills learnt at level 1 to learn more about food preparation and more complex cooking techniques, alongside developing your food and beverage service skills.
The catering department has exceptional facilities with several very well equipped kitchens, a bakery and an 80 seat licensed public restaurant.
On the practical side you will learn about preparing, cooking and finishing fish and poultry dishes, meat dishes, soups, pastry dishes, desserts, vegetables and pasta dishes. You will learn about setting up and closing the kitchen and how to order new stock.
There is a classroom element of the course where you will look at the theory of cooking processes and food service to help you prepare for the assessments. You will cover topics such as Food safety, cooking techniques, costing and menu planning and preparing healthier foods and special dietary requirements.
You are expected to study functional skills in English and maths where necessary.
Level 1 Catering and Hospitality and Functional skills at a minimum of entry 3.
Your practical work will be assessed in the kitchens and the award winning, licensed, public reastaurant. Approximately 40% of the course is theory assessed by a series of short answer test papers and written assignments on topics such as food safety and health and safety awareness. The assignments are spread out evenly over the academic year.
Where can it lead?
On to a Diploma in Professional Cookery level 3 or a BTEC level 3 in Hospitality. 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.
Personal Study Time:
You are expected to work independently on project work away from the college.
Will this course suit me?
An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated with a desire to learn and has an interest in the catering industry as well as cookery and the service of food. You must be flexible and self-motivated. You will need good preparation skills and to be well organised.
You are required to purchase some specialist equipment before the start of the course. This includes kitchen and restaurant uniforms and a basic set of professional kitchen knives. The approximate cost of which is £200. The College will give you more information on this before you start your course. Those in financial hardship can apply for help from the college's Learner Support Fund.