Hospitality and Catering Courses at Derby College

Derby College Group has made the decision to cease delivery of full time Hospitality and Catering courses from this summer and focus all training on apprenticeship routes.

The decision is line with national research and feedback from the Hospitality and Catering industry that on the job learning through the apprenticeship route is preferable for both individuals and employers alike. Anyone who has applied for a full time study programme in Hospitality and Catering has been contacted and offered support to apply for an apprenticeship or an alternative study programme based on their career goals.

If you require further information and support, please telephone 0800 0280289 and ask to speak to Student Services or email

Hospitality and catering is all about providing people with food, drink and accommodation. The sector offers a variety of interesting jobs in all sorts of settings … restaurants, bars, hospitals, hotels, the list is endless!

Is this you?

  • Good communicator
  • Friendly and polite
  • Like meeting new people and providing a good service
  • Work well as part of a team and listen to others
  • Organised and calm under pressure
  • Quick-thinking, confident and outgoing
  • Quick-thinking, confident and outgoing
  • Enjoy solving problems

Getting into hospitality and catering

hospitality and catering

  • Apprenticeships Available through Derby College, an apprenticeship in Hospitality and Catering would allow you to gain work experience and relevant qualifications in areas such as catering, food and beverage service, front of house reception, housekeeping and hospitality supervision. For some apprenticeships, you will need GCSEs or Functional Skills in English and Maths.
  • Higher education There are degrees in subjects such as Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. You can either take these full time after more advanced college courses or part time alongside a job.
  • Jobs You can go straight into some catering and hospitality roles, such as waiter or waitress, kitchen assistant or room attendant, with few or no qualifications at all. Once you are in post, you will usually receive on-the-job training from your employer. The training given in this industry is broad based. You will also learn transferable skills, such as teamwork and problem solving, which will be useful in any career.

Derby College will serve up the perfect starter for your career – whether you’ve set your heart on working in a trendy gastro-pub, elegant restaurant, charming B&B or world-class hotel.


Derby College Course Listings - Hospitality and Catering


PT Apprenticeship - Bakery (Standard) - Level 2: Site Workplace

PT Apprenticeship - Hospitality Supervisor - Level 3: Site Workplace

PT Apprenticeship - Hospitality Team Member - Level 2: Site Workplace

PT Apprenticeship - Senior Chef Production Cooking - Level 3: Site Workplace

PT Apprenticeship Production Chef - Level 2 Standard : Site The RoundHouse

PT Bakery Diploma Only - Level Two : Site Workplace

PT Bar Supervisor pathway: Hospitality Supervisor Apprenticeship Standard : Site Other

PT Events Supervisor pathway (from the Hospitality Supervisor Level 3 apprenticeship standard): Site Other

PT Food and Beverage pathway from the Hospitality Team Member Apprenticeship Standard (Level Two): Site The RoundHouse

PT Food and Beverage Supervisor pathway (from the Hospitality Supervisor apprenticeship standard) : Site Other

PT Food Production pathway from the Hospitality Team Member Apprenticeship Standard (Level Two): Site Workplace

PT Nutrition and Health Level Two short course (CACHE) : Site Other

Full Time Courses Full Time Courses Part Time Courses Part Time Courses

Maths and English

You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.

If you don’t already have a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.

We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.

You might also be interested in ...

When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Retail are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.

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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.

Did you Know?

  • The hospitality sector needs 660,200 more people by 2020 – a growth of 6%
  • The sector contributed £40.6 billion to the UK economy in 2011
  • Restaurants employ the largest workforce in the sector
  • 88% of employers say that customer service skills will be most important to their business in the next five years
  • 30% of hotels and 25% of restaurants report skills gaps

Recent Vacancies

£12,000-£16,000 per year.
Ensuring professional, efficient service for customers.

Hotel front desk manager
£23,000 per year
Managing reservations and handling requests

Head chef
Up to £30,000 per year.
Overseeing preparation of food in a restaurant

Hotel Manager
£25,000–£54,000 per year
Overseeing all aspects of running an establishment.

Site Information


Courses in this area are run at our Roundhouse campus and in the workplace.

About the Roundhouse »

Useful Websites
Advice on working in the hospitality industry and a good employer guide
Information about the hospitality and catering industry


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