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Level 1 & 2 Culinary Skills & Professional Cookery


Hospitality & Catering

Training at Skegness TEC's Hospitality & Catering department prepares you for a life-long career.

Working in Hospitality brings with it a lot of opportunities, from front-of-house to professional cooking and our training will give you all the skills you’ll need to deal with any situation in this exciting industry.

We’re proud that our learners train in a real-life environments in industry standard kitchens with the latest equipment and are supported by award-winning chefs and professionals. By being part of our team you’ll learn to provide a first-class service to customers in a variety of different settings.

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Subject Details

What you will learn

Level 1 (Certificate)

On this City & Guilds qualification you will learn about: food safety in catering, health and safety awareness, introduction to kitchen equipment, preparing & cooking by boiling, poaching, steaming, baking, roasting, grilling, deep frying and shallow frying.

Level 2 (VRQ Diploma)

Also a City and Guilds qualification, you will do modules in: developing skills for employment, food safety in catering, health and safety, healthier foods/special diets, catering operations, costs and menu planning, preparing and cooking stocks, soups, sauces, fruit, vegetables, meat, offal, poultry, fish, shellfish, pasta, rice, grains, egg dishes, hot and cold desserts and puddings, producing products and professional cookery.

Entry Requirements

Level 1: No formal qualifications required however learners should be working at E2 or above in functional skills.

Level 2: Relevant industry experience or 4 GCSEs at grade D (3) or above in maths, English and hospitality. Learners should be working at L1 or above in functional skills.

Work Experience

All students on full-time courses will be given the chance to do 10 days work experience through the year.

What Next

If you choose to carry on studying you might think about a Foundation Degree in Food Manufacturing Management or work towards a Management Diploma, the possibilities really are endless. Once you have completed higher-level qualifications you have a greater chance of earning higher wages in the industry.

Skegness is recognised as one of the East Coast’s busiest tourist resorts, there are also lots of hotels, restaurants, public houses and catering companies all looking for people to work in both the kitchen and front-of-house positions.

Case Study

Lucy-Anne Smith

Lucy-Anne Smith

17-year-old Lucy studied Level 1 Hospitality & Catering at Skegness TEC and was awarded as the Hospitality & Catering Student of the Year at the Brilliance Awards 2015.

Lucy said: “I heard from my friends how good the college was and I’ve made friends with lots of the learners and the tutors since I started. The training gives you basic knowledge of the industry. We train in the kitchens at Skegness TEC and then learn about the theory side; healthy eating and the different food groups.”

Subject Levels

Levels One, Two & Three

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