Course overview

Professional Food and Beverage Service Level 2 City of Bristol College

This one-year, full-time course follows on from the Level 2 Food Preparation and Service Technical Certificate. You will develop professional knowledge and advanced skills needed to deliver food and beverage services. The course will equip you to work in a range of environments.

Additional information

Who is it for?

This course is for people aged 16-18 who want a career specialising in food and beverage service in front of house within the catering and hospitality industry.

What you'll learn

You will gain a good understanding of the service side of the hospitality industry, including the different types of establishments such as hotels, restaurants, conference and event venues, and the different types of service such as private, fine-dining, high street catering and event catering. You will be doing employer engaged activities and masterclasses as well as gaining first-hand experience in the restaurant and at some major events around the city such as the BBC Food Farming Awards and the Mayor’s Dinner. During this course, you will be encouraged to hone your customer service skills and refine your knowledge about wines, beers and spirits to meet customer needs and be able to advise and plan layouts for different meetings and events.

Entry requirements

To join this course, you need to have completed the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Food Preparation and Service or equivalent. It is not essential but beneficial to have previous industry experience.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

This course delivers the knowledge and skills you need to begin or develop your career, through a mix of classroom learning and practical activities. The majority of your practical learning will take place in our professional and commercial training restaurant at College Green, where you will have opportunities to connect your technical learning with real-life by serving real customers. You will take part in a range of activities to extend and enhance your learning and develop important employability skills, such as team work, safe working practices and problem-solving techniques. You will be assessed through an end of year, externally set and marked theory exam and an externally set and moderated practical exam.

Future career and study opportunities

When you complete this course, you could extend your professional training and career prospects further by progressing to a higher-level or specialist hospitality course, or you could seek an apprenticeship. You may prefer to go directly into employment, typically in roles such as waiting staff, bar staff, host or hostess or barista. You could work in a wide variety of establishments where guests receive different dining experiences, for example, independent, high street or fine dining restaurants; large hotel chains or independent, boutique or country house hotels.

Additional costs

You will be required to purchase front of house uniform, which costs approximately £60. If you are on a limited income, you may be eligible to receive help with these costs from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

Blended learning

To keep our students and staff safe, we’re reducing the number of people in our buildings at one time.

To achieve this, most of our courses will include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning to help you reach your full potential.

Find out more about how we’ve adapted due to COVID-19.