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 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?

A student mixing ingredients in a bowl

Our popular fine dining restaurant, coffee shop and industrial kitchens provide an ideal environment to learn the skills needed for a career in the catering and hospitality industry.

At Level 1 and 2 you will study a combination of food and beverage service and professional cookery and at Level 3 you will specialise in your preferred area.

In addition to food and customer service skills, you will develop skills in food preparation, cookery, bar service and front-of-house experience. You will explore gastronomy, learn technical skills required for advanced preparation of dishes in professional kitchens and restaurant service skills.

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

This course leads to two qualifications after one year (above). However some students may gain one qualification in one year, with an option to study for the second qualification the year after. This will be discussed at interview.

Start dates

September 2020 Apply
September 2021 Apply

Open events

Come along to one our open events to find out more about studying at the MET. You will be able to tour our facilities, meet our tutors, watch demonstrations and speak to current students.

These events take place in October and November from 5-7pm.

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who 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.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

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Entry requirements

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

Entry requirements

About this course

Northbrook MET 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.

Topics include

  • 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?

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

Why this course?

  • 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.


After this course

Further study

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
After this course

Course costs

UK and EU students do not have to pay fees if they are under 19 on 31 August in the year they are studying. More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here.

Additional costs

You may need to purchase a uniform and professional equipment, some financial help may be available.

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