student preparing food in the kitchen
student preparing food in the kitchen

The catering industry is one of the largest employers in the country, with job opportunities at all levels are becoming increasingly available and more varied. Our Catering programmes are designed to support students at all levels gain the skills that they need to succeed in this area.

Students learn in training facilities that reflect the real-life workplace. Skills are taught at the students' own pace and level, with some students working towards a non-accredited curriculum designed to build their confidence in the workplace, whilst others work towards industry recognised accredited qualifications. 

All students access work experience, either supported or independently, with many sessions taking place in the College kitchen, giving students the opportunity to transfer their skills to real life situations.


Level 1 in Food Preparation and Cooking

This course is ideal for those starting out in catering. Level 1 provides knowledge on health and safety, food safety and preparing and cooking a variety of dishes to cover the ranges in the qualification which include meat, poultry and vegetable dishes.

Level 2 in Professional Cookery

This course involves some complex cooking but is ideal for those who want to become a chef. You will learn a variety of cooking techniques and use some of the industry related catering equipment to produce your dishes. This course can help you become a chef or progress to a more senior chef's role. It provides you with a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of the importance of health and safety, food safety and preparation, cooking and finishing a variety of dishes including stock, soups, vegetable, meat and poultry dishes.