Course Title Level 2 Technical Certificate in Food Preparation and Service
Level: 2
Code Y679

Overview of the Course

This Level 2 Technical Certificate in Food Preparation and Service is the ideal course for you if you are 16 or over and would like to work in the food preparation and service sector.

What are the career opportunities?

This qualification will prepare you for employment in roles such as kitchen/catering assistant or food and beverage assistant. You are likely to be able to find work with a variety of employers in the hospitality industry, such as: Chain/branded restaurants or outlets, Cafes/coffee shops, Chain pubs or bars, Budget hotels or bed and breakfasts, Retailers (e.g. department stores), Public sector catering (e.g. schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, care homes), Employers’ staff restaurants, Holiday parks and resorts, Event caterers (e.g. sports events, music festivals).

What are the entry requirements?

Three GCSE Grades 9-4 (A*-C)

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?

This qualification covers knowledge and skills you will need to progress to further learning and training, or to enter work in the Food Preparation and Service sector. You will learn how: The hospitality industry is structured and functions, To prepare savoury products, To prepare sweet products, To prepare beverages, To serve food and beverages to customers, To work safely and hygienically. The course is assessed by an external examination, which is to assess your breath of knowledge and a synoptic test, which will assess your practical skills, theories and concepts.

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 Food Preparation and Service. 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, for example, recipes will be developed which will include yields, measurements and ratios.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your Study Programme and is a mandatory requirement of the qualification. You 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, Slattery, Last Drop Village and Spa, 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 Professional Cookery Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. 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?

Additional costs include buying a uniform and knife set.

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