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Apprenticeship Catering and Professional Chefs - Professional Cookery route at Stoke on Trent College

Course description

This is a one to two year course designed for students who wish to develop a range of skills in food preparation and cooking. The programme will provide an excellent opportunity for a young person to acquire a mixture of practical and technical skills that are essential in order to progress in the hotel and catering industry, leading to a wide range of catering careers in hotels, restaurants, public houses, hospitals, outside events, corporate catering and many other areas.

Course content

This is a one to two year course designed for students who wish to develop a range of skills in food preparation and cooking. The programme will provide an excellent opportunity for a young person to acquire a mixture of practical and technical skills that are essential in order to progress in the hotel and catering industry, leading to a wide range of catering careers in hotels, restaurants, public houses, hospitals, outside events, corporate catering and many other areas.

Entry requirements

Candidates must be 16 years of age or over on entry. No formal entry requirements. To enter this programme you will need to show enthusiasm, commitment and interest in the subject area. You will need to be employed in the industry.

Assessment

Methods of assessment are continuous, by building evidence as soon as you can demonstrate your skills. This may include practical assessments by observation, projects, oral and written questions.

Future opportunities

This course can lead to entry onto the Advanced Apprenticeship in hospitality and Catering and enhanced career prospects.

Further information

In this course you will learn basic preparation and cooking skills, how to use knives safely, operate kitchen equipment and work within a team safely and hygienically. Hygiene is a very important part of our industry and you will receive training towards a food safety certificate. You will also learn and practice various cooking methods using a range of different types of food. Cooking methods to include: boiling, poaching, steaming, stewing, braising, roasting, baking, frying and grilling. You will be required to purchase a set of chefs knives and a kitchen uniform (whites). It is essential to wear protective clothing to comply with the Health & Safety at Work Act. This equipment is available by mail order and an order form will be provided at your interview. You will need to complete an application form and attend an interview with one of the hospitality lecturers. The application form can be obtained from the recruitment advisors on the contact details below. This programme has three start dates within the academic year and although the day for the course is set an alternative may be possible with negotiation during the interview.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stoke on Trent College directly.

Last updated date: 21 January 2016
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    • At the Cauldon campus of Stoke on Trent College, the following subject areas are based:

      Business, IT and Computing

      Child Care

      Health and Social Care

      Hair, Beauty and Holistic Therapies

      Hospitality and Catering

      Public Services and Army Preparation

      Sports and Sport Science

      Travel and Tourism

      Foundation Learning

      ESOL