Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater Centre

Who is the course for?

Our Catering department boasts modern, well equipped kitchens and a bistro style restaurant for our catering students to take full advantage of. This combined with specialist teaching rooms and professional staff creates the perfect environment for practical, supported learning.

So you want to become a chef? Come and join us and kick start your career. You will learn:

  • Food preparation
  • Health and safety
  • Food hygiene
  • Kitchen skills
  • Work experience in professional kitchens
  • Have a range of guest chefs working with you.

You will learn to cook a wide range of food whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification at Level 1 in Catering.

What does the course involve?

You will have the opportunity to gain a certificate in general cookery at Level 1 and qualifications in Functional Skills up to level 2 or GCSE in Maths and English.

To do this you will study and work in our training kitchen and other parts of the college. You will learn the skills needed to be employed in the catering and hospitality industry and have the chance to prepare food and meals for people working in college and for visitors and customers.

You will work towards your Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate and undertake two days work experience per week as part of your course.

Your tutors will be working with you throughout the year and you will have the opportunity to take part in a study tour, fire training, and visit food fairs.

Entry Requirements

Enthusiasm and a positive attitude, and commitment to learning about catering. GCSEs in D – G or 3 - 1 range or equivalent.

If you do not meet these entry requirements please see our Foundation Level Programmes.

What are the assessment methods?

  • You will take part in initial assessment to establish your starting point, this will initiate your Individual Learning Aims
  • You will be assessed on the work you produce and your ability to show what skills you have learnt. You will have plenty of practice before you are assessed
  • You will be given an assessment plan for all units at the beginning of the course

How long is the course?

The course runs over one academic year.

What are the progression options?

You may like to seek employment/apprenticeship in the catering industry or apply for a Level 2 course.


Catering assistant, kitchen supervisor, fast food service assistant, waiter, banqueting assistant, baker, cake decorator, commis chef, bar manager, catering manager, chef, dietician, nutritionist.

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