Delivered over two years - in Years 10 and 11 - this course allows learners to explore different areas of the hospitality industry.
The qualification is designed to give 14 to 16-year-olds the technical and professional skills needed to progress within hospitality and catering.
An interview with staff from our Hospitality and Catering team will form part of the selection process. This will be supported by scored teacher assessments provided by the school. Applicants also need to demonstrate a recognised interest in the hospitality and catering industry.
You will undertake a wide variety of units, for example:
You will undertake external assessments and short answer questions.
A uniform will be required. More details will be available during your interview.
With the successful completion of this course and the appropriate GCSE grades in Maths and English, progression to a full-time Level 3 programme may be possible.
Again subject to achieving the necessary GCSE grades, it may also be possible to advance to an apprenticeship in the hospitality and catering industry - with confirmed employment with a suitable employer in the sector.
Commis chef and former Derby College student Carly Baxter plans to run her own fine dining establishment one day. And, thanks to taking a foundation degree in hospitality management at Derby College, she hopes to have all the ingredients she needs to make her restaurant venture a success. Carly, who initially took levels 2 and 3 in professional cookery with the College, progressed to the foundation degree in hospitality management so she could learn all aspects of the catering industry.Carly, who is currently employed as a commis chef at Breadsall Priory, is planning to go into business with a friend from College. To realise her aims she has been studying full-time at College while juggling work shifts, working virtually seven-day weeks at times.
She said: "It's my ambition to open my own fine dining restaurant but to do that I need to know everything that's involved, not just the cheffing side.
"I can't expect to be able to tell other people what to do if I've never done their job myself."