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Design Technology: Hospitality BTEC Level 3 at St John Plessington Catholic College

Course description

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 in Hospitality is equivalent to one A Level.

This course leads on from the Catering GCSE and aims to further broaden your knowledge and understanding of the catering and hospitality industry. It is designed to give you the opportunity to explore these industries, looking at how they are evolving and adapting to meet current demands. You will gain a flavour of professional cookery, food service and events planning and management.

The nature of the course gives learners the opportunity to develop their time management and organisational skills whilst applying their learning to a vocational context. You will develop personal skills and attitudes essential for successful performance at university and in working life.

Course content

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Hospitality is a two year course with content broken down into units. Each unit is worth a specific amount of credits and to successfully complete the course, you must complete a minimum of 60 credits. You must complete the selected eight units in order to achieve the required amount of credits:

Units studied over the 2 years:
Unit 1 The Hospitality Industry (10 credits)
Unit 2 Principles of Supervising Customer Service Performance (2 credits)
Unit 3 Providing Customer Service in Hospitality (8 credits)
Unit 10 European Food (10 credits)
Unit 12 Contemporary World Food (10 credits)
Unit 13 Advanced Skills & Techniques in Producing Desserts & Petits Fours (13 credits)
Unit 15 Principles of Nutrition for Healthier Food & Special Diets (3 credits)
Unit 22 Planning & Managing a Hospitality Event (10 credits)

Entry requirements

Candidates selecting this subject will have a Catering qualification to a minimum grade C at GCSE. The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Hospitality can be studied with a variety of other subjects to suit the needs of the student; popular course combinations include Business Studies, Chemistry, Health and Social Care and Physical Education. It is widely accepted by universities and during the UCAS application process; students will need to provide details on attainment/expected attainment within individual units.


All assessment is made through completion of assignments and coursework - there is no formal exam at the end of the course. Each unit has a number of assignments to complete in order to fulfil the individual unit requirements. Within assignments, tasks will be completed to PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION level. Each individual assignment must be completed to at least a pass level in order to pass the whole unit.

On successful completion of a unit, points are awarded depending upon the level of completion and the credit value of the unit. At the end of the course, the points will be added from all 8 units to make a combined total points score.

Future opportunities

The hospitality and catering industries are major employers in the UK - highly competitive and challenging sectors offering a wealth of employment opportunities. This course covers a wide range of units which allows students to follow pathways of interest to their future career. Progression routes into further training and higher education are wide ranging; many students who study Hospitality continue their studies at university. The Level 3 course is excellent preparation for entering courses such as Events Management, Nutrition and Health Studies, Dietetics, Consumer Science and Health Promotion.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Plessington Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 24 September 2015
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