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Catering & Hospitality | Diploma in Professional Food and Beverage Service Supervision | Level 3

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Course Code: FE0068-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Central Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2020 Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Food and Beverage Service Supervision Level 3 Awarding Body: City & Guilds UCAS Tariff: 32 Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Why this course?


This course will develop your food service skills including bar service, silver service and table theatre in our restaurant. Our popular fine dining restaurant and industrial kitchens provide an ideal environment to learn the skills needed for a career in hospitality.

You will serve food produced in our restaurant, developing food service and customer care skills. You have the option to split the course over two years, studying food and beverage in the first year and professional cookery in the second, or compress both into one year

Develop the skills and techniques required to deliver food and beverage service to customers, allowing you to work in a variety of establishments such as hotels and restaurants, or at specialist catering events.

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

To study this Level 3 course you should have completed a relevant Level 2 course or have significant industry experience.

GCSE English and maths are required. 

If you do not meet the above entry requirements start on the Level 2 Certificate.

Entry requirements

Course content

This Level 3 Diploma will build on your catering and hospitality skills preparing you for a career in the industry.

  • Supervising and promoting food/beverage services
  • Barista skills 
  • Preparing and serving wines and cocktails
  • Event planning and management


  • Practical assessments
  • Written assignments
  • Short answer papers

Course aims

Focusing on expert front-of-house training, you will learn the essentials of food service, bar service, wine and cocktail knowledge, barista skills, food and wine matching, event planning and management.

The majority of the course is conducted in a live restaurant setting where you will take on the role of a restaurant manager, bar manager or back-of-house manager. You will also mentor and train Level 2 students as part of the supervisory element of their qualification.

All practical sessions are supported by classroom theory lessons and specialist visits to breweries, vineyards and coffee roasters supporting your wine tasting and barista training.

To gain further experience of a real working environment you will undertake external work experience with one of our top industry partners and work in the MET's training restaurant.

Facilities at Brighton MET

  • Professional standard kitchens with the equipment and facilities to train students in a realistic industry environment
  • Train in Brighton MET's own public restaurant, The Gallery
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
Facilities at Brighton MET

Work experience

Brighton MET's Catering and Hospitality Department is respected throughout Brighton as a leading provider of quality staff to the industry.

We work closely with a range of employers across the region and have work experience opportunities with many of the city’s top establishments, including the Grand Hotel, Isaac At, The Set and many more.

Brighton MET is keen to offer our students work experience placements, particularly with the increasing importance for students to complete placements as part of their study programmes across all industry areas.

This is an exciting opportunity for employers and students alike to gain something valuable with long term benefits for the business and for students.

What's next?

Over 90% of students go on the further study or full-time employment.

On successful completion of this Level 3 course you may continue your studies, seek employment or start an apprenticeship.

The majority of Level 3 students work part time during their studies, often in positions sourced in conjunction with the college. These part time opportunities frequently lead to full time positions once students leave college. 

Fees & additional 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.

For Adults (learners over 19+) wishing to study this course a fee is applicable, however a loan may be available to help with this cost. If you are under 24 at the start of your course, you may not have to pay fees if you don't have a qualification at a equivalent level to your course.
For the full price course fee please contact our admissions team.
More information about fees and loans can be found here.

All students
You will have to purchase a uniform and professional equipment. 

Fees & additional costs
  • student Views Colin Taylor
    The level 3 course not only helped me to become a better waiter but also a more confident person
  • student Views Chloe Brewster
    During this year of my Front of House course I have learnt various different things and it’s amazing to see how much my confidence has grown.
  • alumni Views Alex Preston Level 3 Diploma in Professional Food and Beverage Service
    Without the support I had from the front-of-house tutors at Brighton MET, I wouldn’t be where I am. I was having a particularly hard time during my second year on the course which they picked up on and they really went the extra mile to get me through the qualification.
  • alumni Views Naomi Le Coutre Level 3 Diploma in Professional Food and Beverage Service Supervision (2012)
    Naomi travelled to Australia and secured a section waiter position at Heston Blumenthal prestigious Melbourne Restaurant ‘Dinner’.
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