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Catering & Hospitality Level 2 Certificate / Diploma
Study Mode
Full Time 
Practical Assessment and Exams 
Catering & Hospitality 
Course Code:
Entry Requirements
Level 1 Catering and Hospitality and Functional Skills at a minimum of Entry 3.

Catering & Hospitality Level 2 Certificate / Diploma

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.

About the Course

The Level 2 Catering & Hospitality course will expand on the skills you learned at Level 1 through theory based lessons, practical demonstrations and professional food service.

During your practical lessons you will learn how to prepare and cook various dishes, from fish and meat to pastries and desserts, as well as how to set up and close down the kitchen for service.

The classroom/ based lessons will teach you the theory behind the cooking techniques you will use and will also develop your essential knowledge of food hygiene. 

The catering department has exceptional facilities with several very well equipped kitchens, a bakery and an 80 seat licensed public restaurant, The Silver Plate.

Key Units

Key Areas of Study
You will learn about preparing, cooking and finishing the following:
  • Fish and poultry dishes
  • Meat dishes
  • Soups
  • Vegetables
  • Pasta Dishes
  • Pastries
  • Desserts
During your theoretical lessons you will study:
  • Food Safety and Hygiene
  • Cooking Techniques
  • Costings and Menu Planning
  • Preparing Healthier Foods
  • Catering for Special Dietary Requirements
You will also be expected to study Functional Skills in English Language and Maths where necessary.

Entry Requirements

Level 1 Catering and Hospitality and Functional Skills at a minimum of Entry 3.


  • Practical assessments
  • Short answer test papers
  • Written assignments

Your practical work will be assessed in the kitchens and the award winning, licensed, public restaurant, The Silver Plate. 

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 does this Lead

On successful completion of this course you could progress onto one of the following courses:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery
  • BTEC Level 3 in Hospitality

Future Opportunities

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.

Tell Me More

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.

Personal Study Time
You are expected to work independently on project work away from the college.

Extra Costs

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 - £250. 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.