This course provides a mixture of both core and specialist knowledge and skill over a two-year period.

In year one you will develop an understanding of a broad range of core topics relevant to the
sector such as:

  • Culinary quality
  • Kitchen operations
  • Nutrition
  • Food safety
  • Team work
  • Business.

Knowledge and skills will be developed through theoretical and practical sessions gaining hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art kitchens and commercial restaurant, Avenue 141. You will also compete in national competitions and gain experience of the industry from of the most prestigious establishments. Some of which could include 5* hotels Pennyhill Park & Spa and Lainston House and the award-winning restaurant at Chewton Glen. You will lead in hotel and restaurant takeovers and be given the opportunity to work alongside leading industry experts.

In addition to developing your knowledge and understanding of these core elements you will also complete an employer set project as well as a 45 day industry placement that will provide you with the opportunity to work closely with a leading employers either every week and/or on a block placement to develop the right knowledge, technical skills and professional behaviours for working in the industry.

In your second year you will specialise in Professional Catering with the intent to of developing the necessary knowledge, advanced skills and behaviours to enter employment as a chef.

Performance will focus on:

  • Meat, poultry and game,
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Vegetables, vegan and vegetarian dishes
  • Dough and batter products, including fermented dough and batter products
  • Pastry and patisserie
  • Hot, cold and frozen desserts
  • Biscuits, cakes and sponges.

Using a mixture of classical, modern and contemporary techniques and style you will be expected to create quality dishes using fresh ingredients that can cater for small and large groups of people. Adapting to their needs and designing menus that can be consumed in different locations. 

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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 £27,295. 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:

  • Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • 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 Enrolments Team on 01329 815 200.