Course Title Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to the Hospitality Industry
Level: 1
Code Y161

Overview of the Course

This Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to the Hospitality Industry is for you if you are 16 or over and would like to work in the hospitality and catering sector. This course focuses on developing and enhancing the practical skills you acquired at Entry Level. You will be encouraged to develop and practise basic catering and food safety skills required for employment and/or career progression in the hospitality sector. By gaining an understanding of the hospitality industry you will be able to choose which direction you would like to progress in.

What are the career opportunities?

Career opportunities include: Restaurant Manager, Chef, Kitchen Manager, Bar Person, Baker, Confectioner, Barista and Food Service Person.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry Level Certificate in Introduction to the Hospitality Industry.

How long is the course and when can I start?

A full-time one year course starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

The course is structured into units that consists of assignments and a range of practical tests. The assignments focus on aspects of the catering industry including: Introduction to the hospitality industry, Customer service in the hospitality industry, Basic cookery and food preparation, Introduction to healthy eating, Using kitchen equipment. Practical tests are centred around using different food items and cooking methods.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

This qualification provides a real opportunity for you to gain work specific skills and knowledge in the catering industry. English and communication skills are particularly important, you need to be able to listen carefully to identify the needs of customers, respond effectively to questions in an open and friendly manner and maintain written records of work completed. Carrying out calculations is vital when working in the kitchen area. Recipes will be developed which will include yields, measurements and ratios. Whilst working in the restaurant or bistro you will develop cash handling skills.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your Study Programme and is a mandatory requirement of the qualification. Students will undertake structured work-experience or work-placements that develop skills and knowledge relevant to the qualification. Catering students have been involved in work experience at a number of establishments, for example, The Midland Hotel Manchester, Grand National, Last Drop Village and Spa and Celia Clyne Banqueting. You will undertake aspects of your course with input from industry practitioners, such as master classes or guest lecturers.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Catering and Hospitality Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to Level 2 or an apprenticeship. You will have the opportunity to take part in external catering events, sport and fitness activities, visits to local employers and trips. Recently students have visited Milan, Italy.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There may be an additional cost for kitchen and restaurant uniform.


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