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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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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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