This qualification covers the required skills and knowledge for preparing to work in the hospitality and catering industry. It is ideal for anyone aiming to secure roles within public houses or cafes - where there is a shortage of staff with relevant skills and a major growth in job opportunities - or you can progress further to work in fine dining establishments.
You will be studying at the Roundhouse at Derby College and training in our modern kitchens.
Route 1 -You will need to show a commitment to meeting deadlines and have at least a GCSE grade E (2) in English and Maths.
Route 2 - If you have English and Maths below a grade 2, this will be the route for you.
You will cover mandatory units in:
There is also a variety of optional units:
Students will need to complete the mandatory units plus the required optional units to achieve the full qualification.
In addition, you will work towards achieving a C grade in GCSE or Functional Skills English or Maths. The course also features work experience and tutorials.
Practical tasks will be assessed while you are working in our kitchens. Theory assessments and tests will be ongoing.
A uniform will be required at a cost of approximately £70.
You can progress to the Intermediate NVQ Diploma in Food Production and Cooking or to an apprenticeship.
This qualification can lead to a variety of jobs within kitchen environments.
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.