What opportunities will this course give me?
The world of catering and hospitality is rich with opportunity. The industry employs over 1.9 million people and is worth more than £8 billion to the UK economy. Its an exciting industry to be part of, with fast-changing trends and a diverse number of roles available. Career choices range from working in a hotel, bar or restaurant to travelling the world on cruise ships, airlines or within the armed forces. Other options include working as an events manager, a head chef, restaurant manager, general manager or catering manager. With the industry functioning 24/7/365 the environment offers flexibility for employees.
Work experience is a very important part of this full-time course. Students gain plentiful opportunities to work in local restaurants, as well as working in our assessment kitchens and the East Avenue Restaurant, gaining valuable experience and a portfolio of evidence. This work regularly leads to employment and apprenticeship opportunities once students finish their College course.
This course also gives you an excellent grounding towards further study. You could progress onto the level 3 Professional Catering or level 3 Food and Beverage subject to successful assessment interview and meeting all the College expectations on your current programme. You should also be able to work independently and to show supervisory and leadership qualities.
What will I be learning?
Your programme will involve practical work in our kitchens and restaurant. Theory will take place in a classroom environment. You will work in groups for practical, and you may be required to complete some assessed coursework individually or working in pairs.
You will study how to prepare and cook meat and offal, poultry, fish and shellfish. Other units include giving customers a positive impression, legislation in food and beverage service, health and safety in catering and hospitality, food safety in catering, principles of customer service in hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism, food service and investigate the catering and hospitality industry.
Your programme will involve practical work in our kitchens and restaurant. Theory will take place in a classroom environment. You will work in groups for practical, but you may be required to complete some assessed coursework individually or working in pairs.
You will complete:
• VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Food, Beverage and Professional Cookery studies
• Functional Skills/GCSE
• Work Placement
All students without an A*-C grade in English or Maths will be required, as a condition of the programme, to undertake either a GCSE or Functional Skills programme.
Why is this course for me?
A variety of high level practical skills are taught, plus students gain valuable work experience and good progression routes. You will be assessed by completing coursework which is related to the working practices that take place in the kitchens and restaurant. You will be observed throughout the year and assessed by the chef lecturers and restaurant lecturers.
How will my learning be enhanced?
Students gain valuable work experience in our state-of-the-art restaurant and kitchens, working with top-rate modern equipment. Learning is boosted by talks, training sessions and visits by guest speakers including famous chefs talking to you about the world of hospitality and catering.
Why is Eastleigh College my best choice?
We are proud to offer students access to our purpose-built kitchens and our own restaurant - East Avenue Restaurant - which is open to the public, hosts regular theme evenings, and has a licensed bar. Students work between a fully equipped pastry kitchen and main kitchen for the preparation and production of food. In addition to gaining confidence in the kitchen, they also learn customer service skills and gain bar experience. Our teaching team are all highly skilled staff with extensive industry experience which keeps the learning current and fresh.
What do I need to sign up?
You will need four GCSEs, grades 9-3/A*-D including maths and English, or Level 1 Functional Skills plus Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Professional Cookery Studies or other suitable level 1 catering qualification. You will have to complete a satisfactory interview and assessment. You will also need a report that indicates good attendance, behaviour and participation from your previous year. Students should be able to work independently and demonstrate potential to develop leadership and supervisory skills.
All students without an 9-4/A*-C grade in English or maths will be required, as a condition of the programme, to undertake either a GCSE or Functional Skills programme.
You will need to purchase a uniform and equipment at an extra cost of approximately £220 before the start of the course.
Is there anything else I need to know?
We have our own restaurant - East Avenue Restaurant which is open to the public which has regular theme evenings, and a bar, which is licensed to sell drinks to customers. Students work between a fully equipped pastry kitchen and main kitchen for the preparation and production of food. You will need to purchase a uniform and equipment at an extra cost of approximately £220 before the start of the course.
Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.
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