Hospitality and Catering Courses at Derby College

Hospitality and catering is all about providing people with food, drink and accommodation. The sector offers a variety of interesting jobs in all sorts of settings … restaurants, bars, hospitals, hotels, the list is endless!

Is this you?

  • Good communicator
  • Friendly and polite
  • Like meeting new people and providing a good service
  • Work well as part of a team and listen to others
  • Organised and calm under pressure
  • Quick-thinking, confident and outgoing
  • Quick-thinking, confident and outgoing
  • Enjoy solving problems

Getting into hospitality and catering

hospitality and catering

  • Full time at College Derby College offers a range of Hospitality and Catering courses, covering skills in areas such as professional cookery. These lead to roles in the sector with on-the-job training or part-time further study.
  • Apprenticeships Available through Derby College, an apprenticeship in Hospitality and Catering would allow you to gain work experience and relevant qualifications in areas such as catering, food and beverage service, front of house reception, housekeeping and hospitality supervision. For some apprenticeships, you will need GCSEs or Functional Skills in English and Maths.
  • Higher education There are degrees in subjects such as Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. You can either take these full time after more advanced college courses or part time alongside a job.
  • Jobs You can go straight into some catering and hospitality roles, such as waiter or waitress, kitchen assistant or room attendant, with few or no qualifications at all. Once you are in post, you will usually receive on-the-job training from your employer. The training given in this industry is broad based. You will also learn transferable skills, such as teamwork and problem solving, which will be useful in any career.
  • Why choose Derby College?

    • You’ll have the chance to work at a prestige hospitality venue. Our suite at the Roundhouse campus features three high-tech glass-fronted kitchens and the acclaimed 80-seat Engine Shed restaurant, where you will prepare food and serve paying customers.
    • We’ve forged strong partnerships with employers. Among our latest collaborations, we joined forces with Derbyshire County Cricket Club to launch the Cricket Derbyshire Hospitality Academy. Our learners will benefit from hospitality placements and paid work at the various banqueting and hospitality venues at the cricket ground.
    • Our experienced team of staff have worked at senior levels in the industry and we regularly welcome leading chefs and hoteliers to share their insights with you.
    • Our courses combine hands-on experience with theoretical know-how, enterprise, communication and business skills to ensure you leave us ‘work-ready’, capable and confident.
    • We offer exciting opportunities which bring your learning to life. Our learners have worked at events like the Big Feastival, taken part in major competitions and headed overseas for study visits and placements.

Derby College will serve up the perfect starter for your career – whether you’ve set your heart on working in a trendy gastro-pub, elegant restaurant, charming B&B or world-class hotel.


Derby College Course Listings - Hospitality and Catering


FT Advanced Apprenticeship in Hospitality and Catering: Site Workplace

FT Advanced Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery: Site Workplace

PT Advanced Diploma in Patisserie and Confectionery: Site The RoundHouse

FT Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery: Site The RoundHouse

FT Advanced Diploma in Supervision in Food and Beverage: Site The RoundHouse

FT Advanced NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery : Site The RoundHouse

PT Artisan Bread Making : Site The RoundHouse

PT Cake Decoration for Beginners : Site The RoundHouse

FT Cricket Derbyshire Hospitality Academy - Intermediate NVQ Diploma in Food and Beverage Service: Site The RoundHouse

PT Festive Sweet Tooth Cooking for Christmas - Saturday 26th November: Site The RoundHouse

PT Foundation Degree in International Hospitality Management: Site The RoundHouse

PT Indian Cookery - Saturday 25th March: Site The RoundHouse

FT Intermediate Apprenticeship in Food and Beverage Service: Site Workplace

FT Intermediate Apprenticeship in Food Production and Cooking: Site Workplace

FT Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hospitality Services : Site Workplace

FT Intermediate Apprenticeship in Kitchen Services : Site Workplace

FT Intermediate Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery: Site Workplace

PT Intermediate Certificate in General Patisserie and Confectionery: Site The RoundHouse

FT Intermediate Diploma in Professional Cookery: Site The RoundHouse

FT Intermediate NVQ Diploma in Food Production and Cooking: Site The RoundHouse

PT Introductory Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking: Site The RoundHouse

FT Introductory NVQ Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking: Site The RoundHouse

PT Italian Cookery - Saturday 29th April 2017: Site The RoundHouse

PT Junior Cooks (ages 10-14) - Saturday 11th February 2017: Site The RoundHouse

FT Schools 14-16 - Level 2 Award in Cookery and Service for the Hospitality Industry: Site The RoundHouse

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Maths and English

You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.

If you don’t already have a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.

We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.

You might also be interested in ...

When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Retail are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.

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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.

Did you Know?

  • The hospitality sector needs 660,200 more people by 2020 – a growth of 6%
  • The sector contributed £40.6 billion to the UK economy in 2011
  • Restaurants employ the largest workforce in the sector
  • 88% of employers say that customer service skills will be most important to their business in the next five years
  • 30% of hotels and 25% of restaurants report skills gaps

Recent Vacancies

£12,000-£16,000 per year.
Ensuring professional, efficient service for customers.

Hotel front desk manager
£23,000 per year
Managing reservations and handling requests

Head chef
Up to £30,000 per year.
Overseeing preparation of food in a restaurant

Hotel Manager
£25,000–£54,000 per year
Overseeing all aspects of running an establishment.

Site Information


Courses in this area are run at our Roundhouse campus and in the workplace.

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