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Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

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Course Summary

This is an Entry 3 vocational programme designed to help you to develop the skills and attitudes to succeed. 

This study programme will enable you to work towards an Entry Level 3 Certificate in Introduction to the Hospitality Industry, Functional Skills Maths and Functional Skills English, and to undertake work placement and enrichment activities.    

Successful completion of this then gives you the opportunity to progress to the Introductory NVQ Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking.

Entry requirements

The course is aimed at learners with grades F-G at GCSE - or no GCSEs - who would not at this stage be ready to achieve at Level 1 study. Their initial assessment would most likely be at E1/E2 in English and Maths. 

You should:

  • Have a passion for hospitality and catering
  • Have a good attendance record at school or your previous training provider
  • Need enhanced support to transition into College

All applicants will have an individual advice and guidance interview to assess their needs and suitability for the course.

Course Content

You will cover a variety of units in:

  • Introduction to the hospitality industry
  • Customer service in the hospitality industry
  • Food preparation and cooking
  • Essential knife skills
  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Using kitchen equipment
  • Food safety

You will also cover Functional English, Functional Maths, and enrichment and work placement activities.

How will I be assessed?

You will produce a portfolio of evidence and will be supported to work towards numeracy, literacy and personal targets which will be reviewed every half term.  You will also sit a Functional English and Maths controlled assessment.   Any inclusion and support needs will be assessed and reviewed throughout the year and we will work hard to give you the support you need.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You may be asked to make a voluntary contribution to trips throughout the year and will also need to purchase a chef's uniform.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

  • Introductory Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking
  • Introductory Certificate in Food and Beverage Service
  • Continuation of maths and English studies


You can progress to roles in a kitchen environment or a front of house setting.


This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Joshua Tonks

Joshua Tonks

Motor Vehicle transitions course puts Joshua on the right road

A transitions course in Motor Vehicles has helped put Belper teenager Joshua Tonks on the road to his chosen career.Joshua, aged 17, is now a motor vehicle apprentice with Ripley-based garage Gary Owen Motor Services and is enjoying working on a whole range of different cars.After successfully completing the one-year transitions course, Joshua's dad, who works as lorry mechanic, helped him land his ideal apprenticeship.The vocational programme was perfectly suited to the young school leaver, who has always had a passion for motor vehicles and wanted help in developing his skills.While on the course, Joshua achieved an Entry Level 3 Certificate in Vehicle Technology as well as gaining Functional Skills Maths and Functional Skills English qualifications.Joshua, who is currently learning to drive, likes working on all makes and models of cars but if he had a choice of which make and model to own, it would be the Alfa Romeo C4. Joshua said:

The transitions course at Derby College helped me get my apprenticeship and I'd recommend it to other people leaving school who are keen to get into the motor vehicle industry.

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