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