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Catering and Hospitality

Catering and Hospitality

Welcome to Catering and Hospitality

Chefs, bakers and front-of-house staff perfecting the basics, getting creative with new ideas and creating amazing customer experiences are just some of the reasons we love this industry so much.

There are opportunities to work in pubs, restaurants, hotels, as independent street food vendors and to travel the world.

You’ll learn classic techniques, be given the confidence to find your own style and develop an incredible understanding of the industry from staff, former students and employer partners through masterclasses, placements and more.

Our students are also a crucial part of our AA Rosette Highly Commended and People 1st Gold rated restaurant, The Silver Plate, serving exquisite food and providing top-class service to the public.

Catering and Hospitality

“I have gained so much from my time at The Sheffield College - I am indebted to my tutors for all the knowledge, time and expertise that they passed on to me. Their passion, drive, creativity and care are inspiring. I still use their recipes today because they are so good.”

Daniel Ashmore, Head Chef at Gleneagles, Edinburgh, and former Catering and Hospitality student

Why should I study at The Sheffield College?

  • Train for a range of careers including as a chef, baker, restaurant manager, bartender, event manager and much more
  • Be taught by industry specialists who are passionate about your progress
  • Train in our fantastic facilities, including our industry standard bakery and patisserie kitchens and our onsite restaurant, The Silver Plate
  • Our qualifications have been designed with employers, so they are industry standard and you’re studying the latest topics
  • Study all the way to degree level
  • Fantastic work placement opportunities available at our top employer partners
  • English and maths support is available to all students

Study our university level qualifications

There’s a pretty big misconception about getting a degree level qualification; you have to go to university to get one. Quite simply, that’s not true!

At UC Sheffield, you can join an increasing number of students who are choosing to study university level qualifications in a wide range of career driven courses with us.

Our qualifications include:

  • FDSC Bakery, Confectionery and Patisserie Science

Join the MSK Professional Cookery Academy

Our Employer Skills Academies are a unique opportunity for ambitious students to engage with local employers and apply their academic knowledge to real-life business scenarios. 

The MSK Professional Cookery Academy allows students to engage directly with a leading supplier for the country's catering & hospitality industry, all whilst benefitting from their industry expertise. By joining the Academy, you'll be able to make the most of:

  • Learning in a dedicated MSK branded classroom with top-class facilities and equipment
  • Taking part in seminars and workshops with MSK employees
  • Opportunities to visit MSK facilities to see how they operate first-hand
  • Work placement opportunities that will enhance your knowledge and understanding of business, not to mention look great on your CV
  • Getting advice and guidance on how to reach your career goals from people who have set up and run successful businesses

Where will I be studying?

The shining star of our catering and hospitality offer is our onsite restaurant, The Silver Plate. Serving lunch and dinner to the public throughout term-time, The Silver Plate is the ideal setting to hone your professional skills. Combine this with our three other pro-kitchens, a specialist baking and patisserie kitchen and hot-food outlet and you've got the perfect environment to go further, no matter whether your aspirations are in cooking, baking, or serving.


Who we work with

Our students have fantastic opportunities to work and learn alongside some of the best employers in the region, including:

  • MSK Ingredients
  • Rafters
  • Tilda
  • Greene King

Work-Related Activity, trips and visits

As you would expect, our catering and hospitality study programmes are full of practical learning elements based in our industry-standard kitchens and restaurant. However, it is also important that you further develop your skills by learning from industry professionals. That's why all of our catering and hospitality courses include opportunities to visit professional kitchens, engage in work experience and undertake masterclasses.

We create opportunities for you to:

  • work on live projects with employers
  • engage in industry expert masterclasses and talks
  • visit employers at their place of work
  • undertake industry placements and much more

What can you do after?

By 2028, there will be over 39,400 jobs in the catering and hospitality sector in South Yorkshire providing opportunities for employment as a:

  • Kitchen Assistant
  • Chef
  • Baker
  • Catering Manager
  • Wedding Planner

After finishing their studies with us, many students go on to university or into employment.

Careers advice during your studies

Need a hand figuring out your career plan?

Our Careers Advice Team are available throughout your studies to provide advice and guidance.

Example careers

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What Courses are available

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Catering & Hospitality

City Campus
Level 2

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