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Entry Requirements

Level 1 qualification. GCSEs at grade D (grade 3) or above in English and maths are desirable. Previous industry experience will be considered.

Who is the course for

This course is for those who wish to make a career in catering, either as a chef or waiter/waitress. Students will have real-life experience working and learning in a professional kitchen with Chartwells who provide and manage our refectory.

Course Content

A total of 12 units must be achieved for the full qualification. The units cover the following areas:

  • Investigating the hospitality industry
  • Health and safety
  • Food hygiene
  • Healthy eating
  • Preparation and cooking of hot and cold savoury dishes including meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, sauces and soups
  • Hot and cold desserts
  • Baking and dough products.

Study Methods

A range of study/teaching methods are used, some classroom based theory lessons to aid in the knowledge criteria of the course, practical sessions, educational visits and visiting speakers and demonstrations. Students will work in the college training kitchens and in the realistic working environment which is made up of our production kitchen and The Restaurant (which is open to the public).

How is the course assessed

Much of this programme is assessed by a series of planned assessment activities both written and practical. Prior experience can be used as evidence, with the use of certificates and professional discussion other types of assessment methods are as follows:, photographic evidence, witness testimonies, personal statements. Students will keep a portfolio of all their course work and support the regular completion of Individual Learning Plans.

Where next - Further Studies

Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Professional Cookery or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Catering & Professional Chefs.

Where next - Job Opportunities

You can also gain employment as a trainee commis chef or waiter/waitress.

More Information

For further information, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team on 01895 853333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last updated: 9 November 2016

How to Apply

To apply for a course choose one of these methods:

  • Online - click the Apply Now button, fill out the form and submit
  • Post - download an application form here , or use the form in the prospectus. Fill it out and return it to:

Student Records/Admissions, Uxbridge College, Park Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1NQ.

When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.

Hayes Campus: Course Starting Mon 04 September 2017

Starts: 04/09/2017

Duration: 1 Year(s)

Where: Hayes Campus

When: Monday-Friday 09:00 to 17:00