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What opportunities will this course give me?

Its no exaggeration to say that our Level 3 award in Catering will open you up to a world of opportunity.
Armed with this qualification, you will be confident and skilled to gain a successful job anywhere in the world. Past students have gone on to travel, working in hotels, restaurants and pubs in exciting locations thanks to the course.
Its a role that will always be required; the need for people to eat isnt going anywhere! That means youll always have a variety of work to choose from, if you are passionate and committed to the role.
The College boasts some fantastic industry links, all of which can be utilised to build connections within the sector. These include some of the best five star hotels in the south; Lainston House, Chewton Glen, Harbour Hotel and Limewood. We also have valuable links with local and international establishments, such as Holiday Inn, Premier Inn, River Cottage, The Ideal Collection and The White Star.
Previous students have progressed into successful jobs as Chef Managers, Head Chefs, Mixologists, Hosts, Event Managers and Restaurant Managers among lots more.

What will I be learning?

The Programme allows students to choose to specialise in either Kitchen and Larder or Patisserie and Confectionery. The programme will involve the completion of theory, practical assignments and exams as well as working in our kitchens in both a supervisory and hands on capacity. You will learn practical skills by preparing, cooking and presenting a range of complex foods within our kitchens. During your practical assessments you will be observed by our chef lecturers and will undertake written exams set by the awarding body.

You will be expected to complete written and word-processed tasks which enable you to demonstrate your understanding and knowledge. You will also be expected to give presentations as part of assignments. There will be the opportunity for menu development through the College's East Avenue restaurant including themed and special event menus. The programme also includes a compulsory two week work placement.

You will complete:
• VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery
• Functional Skills/GCSE
• Work Placement

Units include:
• Food safety for catering
• Advanced meat and offal
• Advanced poultry and game
• Advanced fish and shellfish
• Advanced vegetable and vegetarian dishes
• Planning for preparing, cooking and finishing dishes
• Supervise a safe working environment in the hospitality industry
• Practical gastronomy

Why is this course for me?

The opportunities are genuinely endless. And you wont be left to tackle them alone - well work alongside you to find your perfect path, supporting you so you leave with the best chances of on wards success.
Its an industry that is constantly growing; the jobs on offer are versatile, never restricted by location and always evolving.
Youll be learning as part of a vibrant community, with a bustling College atmosphere that brings a fun and sociable spin to your studies.
The course is designed to encourage creativity; youll have minimal exam work and leave with plentiful new practical skills that you can immediately put into action. Its a hands on programme - we believe you learn by doing - and youll finish with the confidence and tenacity to carve out your unique mark in the industry.

How will my learning be enhanced?

All students will receive a comprehensive induction, fully preparing them for the programme ahead. Youll also benefit from Google classroom, excellent WiFi and recording devices to make your studies as streamlined as possible.
In addition to your work inside the classroom, youll enjoy guest chef nights, cookery competitions, visits to Gastronomy London restaurants, external workshops, trade shows, cruise talks, charity dinners and trips to suppliers. No day is ever the same, and youll love the variety of extras on offer, all crafted to deepen your learning experience.
At Eastleigh, we place a strong focus on the value of work experience; its an important segment of the course, and our staff will work with you to find the prime placement for your ultimate aspirations.
Youll also take part in alcohol and drug awareness training and allergen online training, and leave with a Food Safety Award and industry recognised qualification.

What do I need to sign up?

4 GCSE grade A*-D/9-3 including English and Maths Functional skills Level 2.
Students should have successfully completed Level 2 Professional Catering or Level 2 NVQ in Food Preparation and Cooking or Level 3 Hospitality.
Students should also be able to demonstrate a good level of skills and knowledge in order to progress onto this programme.
Positive feedback from tutors and progress made, towards working both in a supervisory and management capacity

Is there anything else I need to know?

We have our own East Avenue Restaurant which is open to the public and has regular theme evenings and a bar which is licensed to sell drinks to customers. Students will work between a fully equipped pastry kitchen and a main kitchen for the preparation and production of food. You will need a chefs uniform and set of kitchen knives before the start of the programme.

Application Information

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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12/9/2022 - Apply Now


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24+: £1,766.00

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