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Level: 1

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 36

Hours: 4.50

Start: 07/09/2021

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Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course is for school students, where the school has agreed to fund the placement, or for electively home educated young people.

The City & Guilds Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking (500/9797/0) has been designed to provide students with a practical, real-world approach to learning and to help them develop the specific knowledge and skills they need to work successfully in the hospitality industry.

You will find the hospitality industry almost everywhere you go in the world and it employs a huge number of people. It also plays an important role in many other industries, such as travel and tourism, health, education and leisure. The quality of the products and services provided can have a positive or negative effect on other industries.

Students will have the chance to learn in our high-tech glass-fronted kitchens and the 80-seat Engine Shed restaurant while preparing food and serving paying customers.

This course is delivered over one or two years, starting in Year 10 or Year 11, and students will study at the Roundhouse for either half a day or a full day a week.

If you are home educated, you can also apply to study GCSE Maths and English with us.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, you just need a strong interest in hospitality and catering.

You will be assessed during the first term at College to ensure this is the most suitable course for you, with fall-back options available.

Course Content

You will need to complete the three mandatory units below:

  • Maintain a safe, hygienic and secure working environment - learn about basic health, hygiene, safety and security, including maintaining a clean and hygienic personal appearance, getting any cuts and grazes treated and reporting illnesses and infections. The unit also covers safety and security in your workplace – helping to spot and deal with hazards and following emergency procedures when necessary.
  • Working effectively as part of a hospitality team – find out how to accurately follow instructions, work on time, help others when they need help, communicate with the people you work with, get feedback on what you do well and how you could develop yourself.
  • Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food – discover the craft competencies needed for preparing and cooking food safely and learn about the four main areas of control - cooking, cleaning, chilling and preventing cross-contamination, in addition to ensuring supplies are satisfactory. 

You will also need to complete three or four optional units covering topics such as customer care and preparing and cooking specific foods (such as vegetables, meat, fish, etc.)

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed through a mixture of internal written assignments and practical assessments in the kitchen. There are no external examinations for this qualification.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Students must wear a chef’s uniform (purchased through Derby College Group) for practical sessions. You will be required to supply your own writing materials.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Upon completion of the qualification, and depending on the grades achieved, students may wish to progress to:

  • The Level 2 Diploma in Food Production and Cooking
  • The Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery or Hospitality Supervision and Leadership
  • An apprenticeship programme at Level 2 or 3

You will be able to access advice and guidance while studying at the College to learn more about the post-16 opportunities available for you.


Further study can lead to a variety of careers, including:

  • Bar person/manager
  • Chef
  • Concierge
  • Conference and banqueting assistant/manager
  • Waiter or waitress

For more information, email the 14-16 team at 14-16@derby-college.ac.uk

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Jack Bowler

Jack Bowler

Bespoke Inns experience leads to ideal job for hospitality student Jack

Work experience offered through Derby College's links with Bespoke Inns has led to the ideal job for former hospitality student Jack Bowler. Jack, who got a distinction in his foundation degree course in International Hospitality Management, has been working at the Boot Inn in Repton, a Bespoke Inns' traditional pub and restaurant, since August.
Although he already had catering qualifications from Derby College, Jack was keen to learn the front of house side of hotel and catering. Encouraged by his lecturers, he enrolled on the foundation degree course and, through the Bespoke Inns Hospitality Management Academy, gained valuable work experience at The Dragon in Willington.
The Academy seeks to bridge the gap between education and the workplace for the College's hospitality students so that they can put into practice their customer service skills at top quality establishments. In his new role at The Boot – a beautiful 17th Century coaching Inn – Jack gets to try his hand at everything including restaurant management, housekeeping and bar work. He especially likes working behind the bar and telling customers about the range of beers brewed by The Boot's microbrewery next door.

My foundation degree was brilliant and the professional development offered through Bespoke Inns is unbelievable.

Derby College gave me the confidence to do what I'm doing now, and I owe my lecturers a lot. I'm happy to talk to students in hospitality so I can give something back. Bespoke Inns offers work experience to other Derby College students and it's good to see people getting the same great opportunity that I've had.


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