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No formal requirements, other than a passion for food.

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Full time

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1 academic year

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Key features and Benefits

  • Multi award-winning staff and students
  • Real life training restaurant and production kitchens
  • We work with nationally recognised businesses including Northcote Manor and the Seafood Pub Company
  • There are 20,000 employers in hospitality and tourism in the North West

If you want to enter the catering and food profession but do not have any prior experience, this course is ideal for you.


If you want to enter the catering and food profession but do not have any prior experience, this course is ideal for you.

It will provide you with a great introduction to a wide range of study topics from basic food preparation and cooking to preparing and serving drinks.

You will gain experience of working in a professional kitchen working with your entry level classmates and the level 1 students so that you gain an understanding of the expectations of the level 1 students.  Upon success completion of the entry level you will be able to progress onto level 1.

In addition to working within our professional kitchen you will gain experience working at the College's restaurant Scholars, helping to prepare drinks and supporting the service areas.

You will also gain experience within the fields of bakery, pastry, food preparation and how to use kitchen equipment.

What will I study?

Throughout the year, you will study:

  • Food service
  • Introduction to healthy eating
  • Basic food preparation and cooking
  • Preparing and serving drinks
  • Front office operations
  • Using kitchen equipment
  • Guest services in the hospitality industry.

Gain experience working within the College restaurant, Scholars and our professional kitchen.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal requirements for this course, other than a passion for food.

You will need to attend an interview.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by multiple choice examinations and practical demonstrations.

What can I do next?

When you have completed this qualification you will be able to progress to the following:

Food Preparation and Cooking Level 1

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Mobile Catering Assistant

As a mobile catering assistant or street food trader, you will serve customers hot and cold drinks, and food and snacks from a stall, cart or van.

If you are interested in working with food and you enjoy travelling and meeting people, then this job could be for you. You’ll need to be physically fit as you’ll be on your feet for most of your shift, and you’ll also need to work well under pressure.

Most mobile catering assistants come into the role with some previous catering or retail experience, although this is not essential. It may also help if you have a basic food hygiene qualification.

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  • Skills for Health Quality Mark
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