Catering & Hospitality


Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 03/07/2020

Fees and Finance

16-18 Free
19-24 £3,345 p/ year
24+ £3,345 p/ year
International £9,000 p/ year


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What is the main (primary) purpose of this qualification? To confirm competence in the occupational roles of Sous Chef or Chef

What job role will it help me enter? It will provide you with the skills to work in the hospitality and catering sector, specifically in the roles of Sous Chef or Chef.

Aims of the course

This qualification comprises units that have been developed by People 1st in consultation with employers in the hospitality and catering sector. It is based on the skills elements of the professional cookery standards within the Hospitality and Catering National Occupational Standards. The qualification provides you with the skills required to be competent in the roles of Sous Chef or Chef.

Unit Breakdown

All three mandatory units and all 30 optional units have been developed for use within the hospitality and catering sector. 29 of the optional units specifically relate to professional cookery

You will be assessed on the following areas:

Mandatory units:

  • Develop productive working relationships with colleagues
  • Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food
  • Maintain the health, hygiene, safety and security of the working environment

Optional units:

  • You will need to select units to the value of 39 credits from the following:
  • Prepare fish for complex dishes
  • Prepare meat for complex dishes
  • Prepare poultry for complex dishes
  • Cook and finish complex fish dishes
  • Cook and finish complex meat dishes
  • Cook and finish complex poultry dishes
  • Cook and finish complex vegetable dishes
  • Prepare, cook and finish complex hot sauces
  • Prepare, cook and finish dressings and cold sauces
  • Prepare, cook and finish complex soups
  • Prepare, cook and finish fresh pasta dishes
  • Prepare, finish and present canapes and cocktail products

Assessment Method

Direct observation of performance and underpinning knowledge covered by multiple choice testing.

Progression Opportunities

Full time employment working as a chef or foundation Hospitality degree

Career Options

Options to go to work as a chef or perhaps Hospitality Management Foundation Degree at University

What can I earn as a chef? When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. As a qualified chef or catering professional you'll be starting on a career path with loads of opportunity for progression ? and a good salary in your sights. For example: Chefs start on around £13,000 a year and can earn £17,000 with 3 years' experience Restaurant managers start on around £15,000 year and can earn £22,000 with 3 years' experience

If you're thinking this sounds like you, we offer a diverse range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. Our former students have gone on to work at some of the most famous restaurants and hotels in the world including The Ritz Hotel ? and with the right training and experience, there's no reason why you shouldn't follow them. To find out more go to or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Entry Requirements

  • 4 GCSEs A*-C / or 9-4 (in 2017 GCSEs)
  • Relevant Level 2 qualification with Merit or above
  • Relevant industry experience to Level 2 or above


Classroom based delivery, Realistic work experience in The Phoenix Restaurant college Kitchen, 2 day work placement in the Catering industry.

Process for Application

To apply please select your chosen start date and location above.

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