Culinary Skills Introductory Certificate Level 1





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About the course

This course is where you will gain skills and  knowledge for working in a professional kitchen and restaurant. You will start to get first-hand experience of how to prepare and cook meat, poultry, fish and vegetables as well as sauces, soups and pastry dishes. Whilst working in the college restaurant you will practice food and beverage and customer service skills.  

Entry Requirements

Hospitality is a service industry so you need to show:

  • Record of achievement showing excellent attendance and punctuality
  • Total commitment, enthusiasm and motivation
  • 3 GCSE Grades C/D

To really set you out from the crowd you will need to develop the following:

  • Good communication skills


What will I do on this course?

Want to get started in the hospitality industry? You might want to work in a kitchen or front of house. Whatever area you're interested in, this course will serve as an introduction to the industry and lead to either further study or a job that pays real money!

  • Practical assessments
  • Introduction to the catering and hospitality industry
  • Food safety in catering
  • Health and safety awareness for catering and hospitality
  • Introduction to personal workplace skills
  • Prepare and cook food by boiling, poaching and steaming
  • Prepare and cook food by baking, roasting and grilling
  • Prepare and cook food by deep and shallow frying
  • Cold food preparation
  • Food and Beverage Service
  • Hot Beverages

Who is it for?

These courses are designed for enthusiastic young people and school leavers starting out in their career in the hospitality and catering industry.


How to apply



How Is this course assessed?

You will be assessed in a number of ways during these courses as follows:

  • Knowledge tests
  • Assignments
  • Practical tests


What could I do next?

This course will enable you to progress on to the year 2 as an apprentice which will lead to a career in the various sectors of the catering industry or complete a second year at college.

  • You could progress from Diploma 1 to Diploma 2, subject to a satisfactory interview
  • Commence your working career in any number of different food operations
  • Progression to a chef or food and beverage apprenticeship
Additional cost

The cost of protective clothing, including a set of knives, text books and restaurant uniform is approximately £250.


You will be invited to an appointment to discuss your personal progression route and given impartial advice and guidance on how to achieve your goals.



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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