This course develops your food and beverage service skills for a career within the hospitality industry.
You will also complete a technical certificate and improve your maths and English skills.
You will need to have been in relevant employment for at least six months and to have a minimum of D-G grades (or 1-3 in the new grading) in Maths and English GCSE.
It is essential that you also show a commitment to meeting deadlines.
You will be assessed through a wide range of methods, including practical observation/assessments, online testing, theory sessions and the preparation of a portfolio.
Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.
These will be dependent on your workplace.
You can progress to a wide range of professional hospitality qualifications, including the Advanced Apprenticeship in Hospitality Supervision and Leadership.
The course is an excellent starting point to build your career within this rewarding industry – with further training you could rise through the ranks to managerial level.
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."