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Level: 1

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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.

You will be studying at the Roundhouse Campus at Derby College and training in our modern kitchens.

 

Entry requirements

You will need to show a commitment to meeting deadlines and have at least a GCSE grade E (grade 2) in English and Maths.

Course Content

You will cover mandatory units in:

  • Maintaining a safe, hygienic and secure work environment
  • Working as part of a team
  • Maintaining food safety

There is also a variety of optional units:

  • Prepare vegetables
  • Prepare and finish simple salad and fruit dishes
  • Prepare hot and cold sandwiches
  • Cook vegetables
  • Prepare and cook fish
  • Prepare and cook meat and poultry
  • Prepare and cook pasta
  • Prepare and cook rice
  • Prepare and cook eggs
  • Prepare and cook pulses
  • Prepare and cook vegetable protein
  • Cook and finish simple bread and dough products
  • Prepare and cook grain

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.

How will I be assessed?

Practical tasks will be assessed while you are working in our kitchens. Theory assessments and tests will be ongoing.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

A uniform will be required.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study
You can progress to the Intermediate NVQ Diploma in Food Production and Cooking or to an apprenticeship.

Careers
This qualification can lead to a variety of jobs within kitchen environments.

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

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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