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Food Preparation and Cooking/Food and Beverage Service (Combined) NVQ at Wirral Metropolitan College

Course description

You will learn about preparing, cooking and serving food in a real life restaurant. The qualification is a foundation learning programme and will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to work within the hospitality industry.

Course content

You will learn about safety at work and hygienic working practices, understand how to make an effective contribution when working in a team and develop professional skills in the preparation, cooking and serving in the 'Birches Restaurant' at Wirral Metropolitan College.

You will also build two portfolios of evidence to prove your competence in a number of mandatory and optional units including:

Food Preparation & Cooking:

  • Preparing and cooking pasta, rice, eggs and pulses
  • Maintenance of a safe, hygienic and secure working environment
  • Working effectively as part of a hospitality team
  • Maintaining food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food
  • Preparing and cooking vegetables
  • Preparing and cooking meat and poultry
  • Preparing and cooking fish
  • Preparing and cooking fish
  • Cooking and finishing simple bread and dough products
  • Preparing and cooking pasta, rice, eggs and pulses

Food & Beverage Service:

  • Maintenance of a safe, hygienic and secure working environment
  • Working effectively as part of a hospitality team
  • Maintaining Customer Care
  • Maintaining food safety when storing, holding and serving food
  • Preparing and Clearing Areas for Table Service
  • Providing a Table Service

Entry requirements

Students are required to have 4 GCSEs grades D to G or equivalent as well as:

  • Communication Skills that are appropriate for the hospitality industry
  • An enthusiastic and positive attitude to working with food and customers
  • An ability to plan and take some responsibility for their own learning
  • Manual dexterity and physical stamina

Before starting the course you will take assessments in literacy and numeracy to make sure that you are working at the right level.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course.


The NVQ certificates are assessed through practical activities and short tests.

Students will also complete functional skills in maths and English

Financial information

You will be required to purchase a catering uniform. Details will be given at your interiew.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of all the above courses, students can progress onto the C&G NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery and C&G Level 2 Diploma in Food Service. Students could also progress into the following employment areas:

  • Grill Chef
  • Trainee Chef
  • Trainee Baker
  • Waiter
  • Bar Person
  • Breakfast Chef

Further information

Study programmes are full-time courses for 16-18 year olds which include:

  • A qualification such as BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Meaningful work experience or preparation for work
  • English and maths, if you don't already have GCSE grade A*-C in English and maths already
  • Non-study activities such as tutorials, voluntary work, fund-raising/charity work, sport or trips

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wirral Metropolitan College directly.

Last updated date: 24 May 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: H068
  • Web url:
  • Number of planned places: 13