This is a two-year course where upon successful completion you will achieve:

Year one:

·         City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Professional Cookery

·         City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to Professional Food and Beverage Service

·         Level 2 Award in Food Safety and Catering.

Year two:

·         City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery

·         City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Professional Food and Beverage Service.

The ability to achieve two recognised qualifications in one is designed to give students the option to pursue a career in the hospitality and catering industry as a chef, bartender, waiting staff or barista within food and beverage service and allows understanding of both sides of the industry.

Across the two years you will learn a wide range of professional cookery, food and beverage skills, such as gueridon, knife, barista and patisserie specialisms. You will be taught by a team of professional and highly qualified lecturers as well as Avenue 141 restaurant chef and restaurant manager who will teach you skills related to preparing, cooking and serving food and beverages.

You will gain hands-on experience in our state-of the art kitchens and AA College Rosette accredited restaurant, Avenue 141. With the restaurant open to the public there is a strong emphasis on professionalism and teamwork whilst meeting the demands of working in a commercial environment.

Throughout your course you will have the opportunity to compete in national competitions as well as participate in hotel and restaurant takeovers, run your own events and gain work experience in some of the most prestigious establishments that could include five-star hotels such as South Lodge, Lainston House and The Ritz. Previous student visits have been to prestigious restaurants such as Galvin at Windows, The Pig at Brockenhurst and the awardwinning restaurant at Chewton Glen as well as local establishments and chain restaurants; these are an important part of your understanding of the industry. You will also get to work with some of the industry’s leading experts through practical workshops, kitchen take overs and live demonstrations.

During the two years you will cover areas such as:

·         Legislation

·         Menu knowledge and design

·         Barista skills

·         Wine knowledge

·         Food and beverage service skills

·         Handling payments

·         Principles of customer service

·         Developing skills for employment

·         Healthier foods and special diets

·         Commodities and sourcing of ingredients

·         Prepare and cook meat and offal, poultry, fish and shellfish dishes.


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School Leavers under the age of 19 do not have to pay fees on any full time courses, though may have to pay for their second year if turning 19 during their studies.

If you’re aged 19 or over you might qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. It’s easy to apply for and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £25,000. Find more information on Advanced Learner Loans on our website.

If you are studying a part-time course and you receive one of the following benefits, or you depend financially on someone who does, you may be entitled to have your tuition fees waived:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income Support

You will, however, have to pay any awarding body/assessment fees (unless you are on a first full level 2 course).

* If you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit or receive other allowances, you may be eligible to claim concessionary rates. If you are entitled to a fee concession you will be asked to provide proof of your entitlement.

It is essential that you inform us if your entitlement changes at any time during your course.

For any questions about fees, remissions and entitlements, please contact our helpful Careers Team on 01329 815 200.