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Level: 1

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This qualification covers the required skills and knowledge if you want to prepare to work in the hospitality and catering industry.  It has a particular focus on becoming a chef.

You will study at the Roundhouse at Derby College, training in our modern kitchens.

Entry requirements

You will need to show a commitment to meeting deadlines and have at least a GCSE grade E (grade 2) in English or Maths.

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.

In addition, you will work towards achieving a C grade in GCSE or Functional Skills English or Maths.  The course also features work experience and tutorials.

How will I be assessed?

Practical tasks will be assessed while you are working in our kitchens. Theory assessments and tests will be ongoing.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

A uniform will be required.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study
You can progress to the Intermediate NVQ Diploma in Food Production and Cooking or to an apprenticeship.

Careers
This qualification can lead to a variety of jobs within kitchen environments.

 

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Carly Baxter

Carly Baxter

Carly’s hospitality foundation degree contains all the right ingredients

Commis chef and former Derby College student Carly Baxter plans to run her own fine dining establishment one day. And, thanks to taking a foundation degree in hospitality management at Derby College, she hopes to have all the ingredients she needs to make her restaurant venture a success. Carly, who initially took levels 2 and 3 in professional cookery with the College, progressed to the foundation degree in hospitality management so she could learn all aspects of the catering industry.Carly, who is currently employed as a commis chef at Breadsall Priory, is planning to go into business with a friend from College. To realise her aims she has been studying full-time at College while juggling work shifts, working virtually seven-day weeks at times.

She said: "It's my ambition to open my own fine dining restaurant but to do that I need to know everything that's involved, not just the cheffing side.

"I can't expect to be able to tell other people what to do if I've never done their job myself."

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