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Suitable for Adult (19+)
Level 1
Mode of study Part Time Day
Duration 18 weeks
Subject area Catering & Hospitality
  • 31 Jan 2022
  • East Ham Campus
  • 05 Jan 2023
  • East Ham Campus

If you would like a career in the hospitality and catering industry but aren't quite sure which route to choose, this course will teach you basic skills and give you an overview of the industry to enable you to decide which area you want to specialise in. You will also learn how to maintain the health, hygiene, safety and security of the working environment.

As part of the course, you will need to attend ESOL classes.

Course description

This course ideal if you are looking for a career in the hospitality industry.

As part of this qualification, you are required to produce a portfolio of evidence. A portfolio will confirm the knowledge, understanding and skills that you have learnt.

Observation of work will be carried out in a realistic working environment in both the restaurant and kitchen.

Curriculum units include:

  • Introduction to the hospitality industry
  • Customer service in the hospitality industry
  • Introduction to Food Commodities
  • Basic Food Preparation and Cooking
  • Essential knife skills for the catering industry
  • Prepare and clean a food area and appliances
  • Introduction to kitchen equipment
  • Introduction to pastry and cake preparation and cooking methods
  • Assisting at a hospitality event
  • Introduction to meal planning and preparation

Additional information

Entry requirements

You don't need to have previous knowldege or experience of the industry but you must be keen to get your career started. ESOL lessons are a compulsory requirement for this course.

You will be required to complete a written and oral assessment at the start of the course.


Once you have completed the course, you might want to move on to Level 2 qualifications and skilled employment including apprenticeships.

Fees and funding

The course fee is £948 plus an exam fee of £75.

If you are aged 19+, how much you pay for your course and any additional costs will depend on a number of factors. Learn more about course fees and finances.

We have a range of financial support options available to help you while you’re studying. Find out what support you may be eligible for.

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