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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 also be carrying out work experience with our contract caterers - Caterlink - to further your skills.

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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Jordan Green

Jordan Green

Compliments to the award-winning chef

Apprentice Jordan Green scooped the Young Chef of the Year title in the Derby Food and Drink Awards – an accolade which he hopes will fast track his career ambitions.

Jordan was among a group of full-time Catering and Hospitality learners who progressed to an apprenticeship with the College’s Engine Shed restaurant and training kitchens at the Roundhouse campus.

His apprenticeship opened doors to many opportunities – including a work placement with Derby’s award-winning Restaurant Zest. He also took part in a European work experience programme in Denmark, spending five weeks at the Danish Meat Trade College in Roskilde alongside learners from Estonia, Italy and Finland.

I really want to be working in fine dining and to learn from the best in the industry. Hopefully winning this award will help me at the start of my career.
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