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Level: 1

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This is a 12-week course to equip you with the skills and knowledge to enhance your chances of being successful in securing an apprenticeship.

You will be working in our modern kitchens, learning how to prepare and cook a variety of dishes and will gain valuable skills and knowledge that will impress a potential employer.

This is a very practical-based course to provide an excellent preparation for your next step.

Alongside this, you will also be studying maths and English if required.

Entry requirements

You just need a passion for catering and a dedication to succeed.

Course Content

This course covers a wide variety of topics in our modern kitchens and with our contract caterers to give you a great insight into catering.

Examples of topics covered are:

  • Food safety
  • Health and safety
  • Teamwork
  • Knife skills
  • Preparing and cooking a variety of dishes

How will I be assessed?

This will be carried out by visual assessments.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need approximately £60 for a chef's uniform.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You could consider a full-time Level 1 or 2 cooking course or an apprenticeship.



This could be your first step towards working in a variety of catering establishments.


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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Jack Bowler

Jack Bowler

Foundation degree puts more choices on menu for catering student Jack

Derby College catering student Jack Bowler has extended his menu of career choices by taking a foundation degree in international hospitality management.Jack, who already holds level 2 and 3 qualifications in catering and hospitality via the college is now learning the management and front of house aspects of the hospitality industry as well as the catering side.During his level 3 course Jack also gained confidence-building experience through working at the college's Engine Shed fine dining restaurant at the Roundhouse.Jack, who was inspired to cook from a young age by his mum and gran, now plans to progress to level 5 and gain his BA Honours degree. He is currently working in the kitchens at Calke Abbey at weekends and will be taking on more shifts when he completes his foundation degree. Ultimately he hopes to find a job in his chosen field through educational work experience.

He said: "I love cooking but it's been interesting learning new things and finding out about the management aspects too. I enjoy being front of house as I've always liked interacting with customers.

"Derby College has such great facilities, including the new Fujitsu and Intel Innovation Hub which recently opened at the Roundhouse. The hub's got fantastic top of the range technology and quiet study areas."


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