Professional Cookery
Faculty of Hospitality, Hair and Beauty
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Hospitality, Hair and Beauty Level 1 - VRQ1 Diploma Laurence Building 1 year

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This course teaches you a variety of catering craft skills to a high standard. It develops your ability to work under pressure and as part of a team in the hospitality industry. Practical work features strongly, supported by cookery theory, hospitality based assignments and question papers. You will work towards a VRQ1 Certificate in Food and Beverage Service and a Diploma in Professional Cookery within realistic working environment of the @thirty-four restaurant and kitchens.

The programme includes practical food preparation and cooking, food and beverage service lessons, luncheon production sessions, supported by theoretical assignments and practical examinations. All assessments are graded (pass, merit, distinction).

What topics will I study?

  • Introduction to the catering and hospitality industry
  • Food safety in catering
  • Health and safety awareness for catering and hospitality
  • Introduction to healthier foods and special diets
  • Introduction to kitchen equipment
  • Introduction to personal workplace skills
  • Prepare and cook food by boiling, poaching and steaming
  • Prepare and cook food by stewing and braising
  • Prepare and cook food by baking, roasting and grilling
  • Prepare and cook food by deep frying and shallow frying
  • Regeneration of pre-prepared foods
  • Cold food preparation
  • Legislation in food and beverage service
  • Understanding menus
  • Introduction to personal workplace skills
  • Dealing with payments and bookings
  • Food and beverage service skills
  • Bar skills
  • Hot beverage skills

You will do Functional Skills in IT, Communication, and Application of Number.

What experiences will I get?

You will train in the realistic working environment of the @-thirty-four restaurant and kitchens.

What are the entry requirements?

English and maths entry requirements: Grade 3 in English language and in maths.
Plus standard entry requirements: One GCSE at grade 3 or above, or equivalent.
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: You must be keen and interested in hospitality and catering and have an aptitude for hospitality skills.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

What facilities are there?

The Laurence Building boasts new facilities throughout including an IT suite, modern kitchens and a stunning restaurant within the faculty; as well as being located in comfortable and pleasant surroundings.

What can the course lead on to?

You should aim to progress to the VRQ2 Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery course to further your training and broaden your career opportunities.

Are there any additional costs?

There are additional costs to purchase uniform, knives and equipment costing approximately £350.00. This equipment will last you for your entire programme and will positively help start your career in the catering and hospitality sector.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.


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