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Level: 1

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge you need for preparing to work in the hospitality and catering industry. It is ideal for anyone aiming to secure roles within public houses or cafes, where there is a shortage of staff with relevant skills and a major growth in job opportunities.

You will be studying at the Roundhouse Campus at Derby College and training in our modern kitchens.

Entry requirements

You need a minimum of GCSE grade E (2) in Maths and English.

Course Content

You will cover mandatory units in:

  • Maintaining a safe, hygienic and secure work environment
  • Working as part of a team
  • Maintaining food safety

There is also a variety of optional units:

  • Prepare vegetables
  • Prepare and finish simple salad and fruit dishes
  • Prepare hot and cold sandwiches
  • Cook vegetables
  • Prepare and cook fish
  • Prepare and cook meat and poultry
  • Prepare and cook pasta
  • Prepare and cook rice
  • Prepare and cook eggs
  • Prepare and cook pulses
  • Prepare and cook vegetable protein
  • Cook and finish simple bread and dough products
  • Prepare and cook grain

Learners will need to complete the mandatory units plus the required optional units to achieve the full qualification.

You will also be undertaking maths and English as part of your study programme, along with gaining work experience.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through practical assessments, tests and building up a portfolio of evidence.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to purchase a chef's uniform through the College.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You could progress to the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Food Production and Cooking or to an apprenticeship.

Careers

You can advance your career working in a kitchen.

 

 

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Jack Bowler

Jack Bowler

Foundation degree puts more choices on menu for catering student Jack

Derby College catering student Jack Bowler has extended his menu of career choices by taking a foundation degree in international hospitality management.Jack, who already holds level 2 and 3 qualifications in catering and hospitality via the college is now learning the management and front of house aspects of the hospitality industry as well as the catering side.During his level 3 course Jack also gained confidence-building experience through working at the college's Engine Shed fine dining restaurant at the Roundhouse.Jack, who was inspired to cook from a young age by his mum and gran, now plans to progress to level 5 and gain his BA Honours degree. He is currently working in the kitchens at Calke Abbey at weekends and will be taking on more shifts when he completes his foundation degree. Ultimately he hopes to find a job in his chosen field through educational work experience.

He said: "I love cooking but it's been interesting learning new things and finding out about the management aspects too. I enjoy being front of house as I've always liked interacting with customers.

"Derby College has such great facilities, including the new Fujitsu and Intel Innovation Hub which recently opened at the Roundhouse. The hub's got fantastic top of the range technology and quiet study areas."


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