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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.


You can advance your career working in a kitchen.



This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Jordan Green

Jordan Green

Compliments to the award-winning chef

Apprentice Jordan Green scooped the Young Chef of the Year title in the Derby Food and Drink Awards – an accolade which he hopes will fast track his career ambitions.

Jordan was among a group of full-time Catering and Hospitality learners who progressed to an apprenticeship with the College’s Engine Shed restaurant and training kitchens at the Roundhouse campus.

His apprenticeship opened doors to many opportunities – including a work placement with Derby’s award-winning Restaurant Zest. He also took part in a European work experience programme in Denmark, spending five weeks at the Danish Meat Trade College in Roskilde alongside learners from Estonia, Italy and Finland.

I really want to be working in fine dining and to learn from the best in the industry. Hopefully winning this award will help me at the start of my career.
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