This course develops your practical cookery skills and your knowledge of all the important aspects of catering. It is ideal for students who are passionate about food. You will be creating a wide range of dishes suitable for fine dining establishments and gaining the vital skills that employers are seeking.
You will need GCSE grade C (grade 4) in Maths and English. Applications from mature learners with relevant work experience are also welcomed.
It is essential that you show a commitment to maintaining high standards of attendance.
You will cover topics including food safety, developing skills for employment, costing and menu planning, and preparing and cooking a wide range of dishes, with units such as:
The course also features work experience.
Assessment involves a variety of methods including assignments, tests and practical tasks.
There will be an additional cost for uniforms.
You can progress to the Advanced Technical Diploma in Professional Cookery or an advanced apprenticeship.
You can develop your career in a variety of chef roles within the kitchen.
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."