Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Catering & Hospitality - Level 1 Diploma

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Course Code: FE0347-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 1 Year Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Course aims

You will be either working in our industrial kitchens with a trained chef lecturer developing an array of kitchen skills and techniques, or serving food produced in either our coffee shop or fine dining restaurant where you will develop food service skills as well as customer care, bar and cashiering experience.

Visits to local hotels and restaurants, as well as other local catering establishments, will broaden your knowledge of the industry. You will also complete a one week work placement. You will have the opportunity to enter regional cookery competitions, cater for community events and work with celebrity chefs.

The facilities at our West Durrington Campus (fine dining restaurant, coffee shop and industrial kitchens) provide the ideal environment to learn the skills needed for a career in the hospitality industry.

You can start at Level 1, cooking and serving in our on-campus coffee shops, Brookes, or if you are a more confident learner with the relevant GCSE grades, you can start at Level 2. 

At Level 2, you have the option to split the course over two years - Food & Beverage in the first year and Professional Cookery in the second. Alternatively, you can compress both into one year.

At Level 3 you will learn advanced skills and techniques for the fine dining restaurant.

Explore this page for information on Level 1.

Entry requirements

Start at Level 1 if you have at least 2 GCSEs at grade 1 or above, preferably including English and maths.

Entry requirements

Course content

  • Coffee shop service
  • Coffee shop food preparation
  • Food hygiene and safety
  • Working in a team
  • Preparing simple dishes, salads and sandwiches

Why this course at the MET?

  • Popular public restaurant
  • Industry-standard refurbished kitchens
  • Opportunities to work with celebrity chefs
  • Visits to hotels and restaurants
  • Themed evenings, community and charity events

We know you will love our West Durrington Campus - it is home to all of Northbrook MET's catering and hospitality courses as well as theatre courses, art and design, and music. It is also our university centre. This makes for a vibrant and diverse campus, which provides a great learning environment. As well as Brookes Coffee Shop, West Durrington Campus has a canteen serving hot and cold food and another coffee shop serving Starbucks beverages, snacks and sandwiches. The Learning Resource Centre (Library) is a brilliant research resource and the campus has IT suites for when you need to use a computer. Expert tutors and careers advisers are always available to advise you and ensure that you stay on the right path for you and your dream career.

Further study

After Level 1, you can progress to Level 2 either full-time or as an apprentice.

Future careers:

  • Chef de partie
  • Sous chef
  • Head chef
  • Caterer
  • Restaurant manager
  • Hospital cook
  • Bartender
  • Front of house
Further study
Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Restaurant or catering establishment manager/proprietor

Typical Tasks:

  • Plans catering services and directs staff.
  • Decides on range and quality of meals and beverages to be provided.
  • Discusses customer requirements for special occasions.
  • Purchases or directs the purchasing of supplies and arranges for preparation of accounts.
  • Verifies that quality of food, beverages and waiting service is as required, that kitchen and dining areas are kept clean and appropriate hygiene standards are maintained in compliance with statutory requirements.
  • Plans and arranges food preparation in collaboration with other staff and organises the provision of waiting or counter staff.
  • Checks that supplies are properly used and accounted for to prevent wastage and loss and to keep within budget limit.
  • Determines staffing, financial, material and other short- and long-term requirements.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 6.2% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £16,751

AVERAGE £22,991

POTENTIAL £36,095

Desired Skills:
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics

Publican or manager of licensed premises

Typical Tasks:

  • Arranges purchase of alcoholic and other beverages, bar snacks, cigarettes and other items and ensures that stocks are stored in proper conditions.
  • Supervises bar, kitchen and cleaning staff and, if necessary, assists with the serving of drinks.
  • Observes licensing laws and other statutory regulations and regulates behaviour of customers as necessary.
  • Maintains financial records for the establishment; determines financial, staffing, material and other short- and long-term needs.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 1% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £13,494

AVERAGE £19,344

POTENTIAL £31,727

Desired Skills:
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics

Chef

Typical Tasks:

  • Requisitions or purchases and examines foodstuffs from suppliers to ensure quality.
  • Plans menus, prepares, seasons and cooks foodstuffs or oversees their preparation and monitors the quality of finished dishes.
  • Supervises, organises and instructs kitchen staff and manages the whole kitchen or an area of the kitchen.
  • Ensures relevant hygiene and health and safety standards are maintained within the kitchen.
  • Plans and co-ordinates kitchen work such as fetching, clearing and cleaning of equipment and utensils.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 3.7% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £14,216

AVERAGE £16,887

POTENTIAL £24,492

Desired Skills:
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mathematics
  • Writing

Cook

Typical Tasks:

  • Requisitions or purchases foodstuffs and checks quality.
  • Plans meals, prepares, seasons and cooks foodstuffs.
  • Cooks and sells a range of meals, such as fish and chips, over the counter.
  • Plans and co-ordinates kitchen work such as fetching, clearing and cleaning of equipment and utensils.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 5.5% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £14,372

AVERAGE £16,712

POTENTIAL £22,581

Desired Skills:
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mathematics
  • Writing
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