Catering & Hospitality | City & Guilds Certificate in Food Preparation & Cooking/Food and Beverage Service | Level 1

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Course Code: FE0347-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: West Durrington Campus Entry requirements: Entry requirements: At least two GCSEs at grade 2 or above, preferably including English and maths. Qualification: City & Guilds NVQ Level 1 Certificate in Food Preparation & Cooking / VRQ Level 1 Certificate in Food & Beverage Service Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Why this course?

Catering student serving food at Arundel restaurant

Our catering and hospitality courses will help you develop customer service skills and learn aspects of food preparation, professional cookery and bar service training you for a career in this exciting industry. You will learn in our fine dining restaurant, working coffee shop and industry-standard kitchens. At level 1 and 2 you will study a combination of food and beverage service and at level 3 you can specialise in your preferred area. 


  • Industry-standard restaurant, coffee shop and kitchens
  • Opportunities to work with celebrity chefs 
  • Visits to hotels and restaurants 
  • Experience at themed evenings, community and charity events

Start dates

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements: At least two GCSEs at grade 2 or above, preferably including English and maths.


Entry requirements

Course content

Northbrook College has industry-standard training facilities including The Arundel Restaurant, Brooks Coffee Shop and catering kitchens with the latest equipment. You will take part in themed evenings, food fairs, community and charity events, developing customer service and cookery skills. The College has excellent links with the hospitality industry and, as you progress, there are opportunities to visit hotels and restaurants and work with celebrity chefs.

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

Why this course?

The food service industry is a major employer in the UK. Beginning your catering and hospitality career at Northbrook College will put you in a strong position for a future career in this exciting industry.

  • 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 College'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.


What's next?

After Level 1, you can progress to Level 2 Catering & Hospitality or specialise with a Level 2 course in Professional Cookery or Food & Beverage Service, either full-time or as an apprentice.

Future careers include:

  • Chef de partie
  • Sous chef
  • Head chef
  • Caterer
  • Restaurant manager
  • Hospital cook
  • Bartender
  • Front of house
What's next?

Course fees

If you are unemployed, in receipt of certain benefits or on a low wage, you may be eligible for a free course. 
To be eligible for a free course, you must meet the following criteria:
  • You will be aged 19+ when the course begins
  • AND you are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • OR you are receiving a means tested benefit, earning less than £617 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £988 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
  • OR if you are working and earn less than £20,319 annual gross salary
You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol.

More funding options

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

Open events

Register your interest for our next open events taking place in 2023. It's an opportunity to explore our amazing facilities and hear from our expert teaching staff.


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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

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