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Introduction to Culinary Skills Level 1 Certificate at City College Brighton and Hove

Course description

Are you interested in food, cooking and providing a quality service within the Catering industry? Would you like to gain a qualification that will teach you the basics about food preparation, giving you an understanding of the industry that will lead to further training options or career choices? This could be the course for you! 
This course aims to introduce you to the principles of Catering, giving you the skills and confidence to progress within the industry or further your education at City College. 

Course content

On this course you will learn about:

  • Working in a professional kitchen
  • Maintaining a safe and secure working environment
  • Developing effective relationships
  • Understanding the catering and hospitality industry
  • Health and safety
  • Healthy eating
  • Cooking skills such as boiling, poaching, steaming, stewing, braising, baking, grilling and frying

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. All applicants will attend an interview and complete an aptitude test.


 All formal assessment of practical skills and underpinning knowledge for the food service element will be College based in our real working environment restaurant which will take place throughout the course.

The food preparation qualification will be assessed through practical skills, short answer tests and assignment evidence.

Financial information

Students are required to supply their own study materials, protective clothing and knives, which is around £300. Other small equipment and commodities are provided. The college will provide you with a equipment and supplier list.

Future opportunities

After successful completion of this qualification, you may wish to further your skills and training by applying for the Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery.

Alternatively, this qualification will enable you to apply for a basic food operative in one of the many sectors within the industry, including restaurants, hotels, contract catering, industrial and airline catering.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City College Brighton and Hove directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 36 weeks
  • Course code: B0661


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    • Located in North Laine, right in the heart of Brighton, you’ll be just minutes away from a vibrant mix of shops, cafés, theatres and entertainment. You’ll be at the centre of everything that makes Brighton such a special city.

      Study Programme qualifications

      There are a wide range of study programme qualifications primarily based at our Central Campus, including: Art & Design, Beauty Therapy, Business, Catering, Computing, Digital Arts, Filmmaking, English & Mathematics, Hairdressing, Photography, Science, Travel & Tourism and our degree-level courses. Some classes will occasionally be held at our East Campus and some courses will occasionally be taught off-site.

      Read, learn & watch 

      • Learning Resource Centre open to all students
      • 40,000 books, 300 periodicals, 2,000 DVDs
      • Over 80 computer stations, equipped with electronic resources, e-books and access to online learning resources

      Get creative

      • Well-equipped, spacious and specialist art studios
      • Video and photographic studios
      • Top-of-the-range digital facilities and traditional dark rooms
      • A great value art shop on site - the cheapest supplier in Brighton

      Digital Design Centre

      • Mac-based Graphic Design suite
      • PC-based 3-D Multimedia suite with motion capture
      • Video studio with Chromakey and lighting rig
      • Digital video cameras, recorders and digital SLRs
      • All rooms fully networked with email and internet access on every machine.

      The Hub

      • A one-stop-shop to get you prepared for the world of work
      • Advice and support on job hunting, careers, employability skills, work experience, Apprenticeships and CV-writing

      The Gallery and its commercial kitchens

      • Working restaurant open to the public and specialising in catering for bespoke events and restaurant-quality meals
      • Run by students with a strong reputation in the community
      • Supported by four industry-standard training kitchens

      Relax and unwind

      • Professionally equipped salons open to the public
      • Equipment and treatments that you would find in any salon
      • Customer reception area and sophisticated booking system replicating the workplace
      • Great discounts on hair and beauty treatments

      Holidays, travel, concerts and lots more

      • A working travel agency open to the public
      • Training in a realistic environment on professional booking systems and with real holiday companies
      • The opportunity to practise what you have learnt and show employers that you have real experience

      Experiments and research

      • A full science lab suite which is one of the best in the South East
      • Specialist facilities for forensic science

      Relax and refuel

      • The Central Café offers fantastic value, nutritious breakfasts, lunches and dinners
      • Guest chefs from around Brighton visit to cook specialist cuisines
      • The Coffee Stop serves speciality teas and coffees
      • Vending machines offer drinks and confectionery

      Getting here

      City College Central Campus is less than 5 minutes walk from Brighton Station and local bus routes to Pelham Street include:

      Via London Road

      5, 5A, 5B, 17, 21, 22, 33, 40, 270, 271

      Via Lewes Road

      24, 25, 28, 29, 37, 49, 50, 78

      Via Hollingbury/Hollingdean

      26, 46, 50

      Via Western Road

      5, 5A, 5B, 21, 21A, 46, 49