Food and Beverage Service (Catering) Level 2* at Dearne Valley College (DVC)
Kitchen and Restaurant Environment
The College offers a realistic industry experience in our Griffin Restaurant, based at the Rockingham
Centre. This fully commercial kitchen and restaurant is open to the public throughout the week, and specialises in a range of themed evenings throughout the year.
You will be learning your trade in a real-life environment which includes a kitchen kitted out with industry-standard equipment, a luxury coffee bar and a bistro-style restaurant.
Our students also get involved in college-wide corporate events and in the past, they have created impressive dishes for prestigious business lunches and a variety of community events.
Gaining experience in the workplace will give your portfolio a boost and will show employers that you have gained a broad range of work skills whilst studying for your qualifications. This is a great way to improve your confidence around both customers and colleagues.
Our Placement Officers will find you a suitable employer and workplace, where you will undertake a work placement of over 30 hours throughout the academic year. Depending on which qualification you are working toward, this may be in a block or split over a number of weeks.
Upon successful completion of your work placement, we would hope that you would gain a glowing work reference for your portfolio. It is also an excellent opportunity to develop links with a business who may be interested in employing an Apprentice.
Each year the Hospitality and Catering team celebrate working in the industry with Skills Week.
Throughout this action-packed week you will have the opportunity to take part in short courses and presentations delivered by leading industry experts.
In the past, courses and presentations have included healthy eating, Italian and Indian food, barista skills plus novelty cake making, fresh pasta workshop and sushi skills.
Events and Trips
The Hospitality and Catering industry is vast, spanning the whole globe, with many different job roles within it. You will have the opportunity to attend food exhibitions and trade shows. In previous years, students have enjoyed visits to food festivals and themed markets. You may also have the opportunity to visit commercial catering environments, such as hotels and restaurants.
Through our excellent relationships with local businesses, we often invite experienced professionals into the College to talk about their journey to success. Previous speakers have included specialist chefs, representatives from Blue Dragon Asian cuisine, and the Ark Foundation, who advise about addiction within the industry.
In addition, you will have the opportunity throughout the year to take part in the College’s ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ challenge – where you will be provided with a bag of ingredients and challenged against the clock to create a tasty dish.
English and Maths
Alongside your main programme, you will attend classes to develop your skills and confidence in English and Maths. These skills are extremely important for any future job role that you may have.
Functional skills are essential for tasks such as calculating the stock required or the price of a dish, writing menus, understanding food packaging labels, and communicating with customers and colleagues.
If you are interested in pursuing self-employment and dream of being your own boss, English and Maths skills are absolute necessities when it comes to completing your tax return, calculating your finances, creating professional documents and promoting your business.
Depending on the course you are studying, you may also have the opportunity to gain:
• Food Safety
• Barista Skills
• Food Service and Food Preparation
• Customer Service
It’s imperative that all of our students adhere to Health and Safety regulations in our training kitchen, therefore steel toe cap footwear and full chef’s whites must be worn. A food service uniform is to be worn by serving staff in the restaurant during opening hours. These are purchasable from Dearne Valley College.
Knives are not provided, however they are readily available to use from a stock held within our fully equipped kitchen.
• Portfolio: You will create a portfolio or workbook of evidence such as practical work, presentations and case studies
• Assignments: You will be given specific assignments or projects to complete
• Practical Work: Your tutor will assess you completing practical work in the kitchen, restaurant or workplace
• Most courses have end of unit tests
This course covers:
• Maintain a Safe and Hygienic Working Environment
• Contribute to Effective Teamwork
• Prepare, Serve and Clear Tables, Carvery, Buffet, Silver Service
• Vocational equivalents will be considered
• Successful curriculum interview and assessment
Portfolio: You will create a portfolio or workbook of evidence such as practical work, presentations and case studies
Assignments: You will be given specific assignments or projects to complete
Practical Work: Your tutor will assess you completing practical work in the kitchen/restaurant or workplace
Underpinning knowledge questions at the end of most units
The College has a number of funds which are there to help support you if you find yourself in financial difficulties that are affecting your attendance at college or your studies.
If you’re aged between 16 and 19 years and in full-time education or training, you may be eligible for a mandatory or discretionary bursary. Young people in the following groups are eligible to receive a mandatory bursary of up to £1,200 a year.
- Young people in care
- Care leavers
- Young people claiming income support/Universal Credit in their own name
- Disabled young people who receive both Employment Support Allowance/Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in their own name
However, other students facing genuine financial difficulties may be awarded a smaller, discretionary bursary which is means-tested and allocated based on specific priorities and eligibility criteria.
College eligibility criteria are currently based on a maximum household income of £25,000, good standards of behaviour, and over 90% attendance.
The bursary can help with costs such as food, transport, books and other course-related equipment and/or essentials.
Learner Support and Welfare Fund
The Discretionary Learner Support Funds can be used to buy equipment, help with travel expenses, childcare, and other costs related to attending college to study. These means-tested funds are limited, and allocated based on specific priorities and criteria.
If you are 19 years old or more, have a good attendance and your gross household income does not exceed £25,000, you could be eligible for these funds. The College also operates a small discretionary Emergency Welfare Fund to help students in crisis situations. Funds are limited and are intended to help in the short term.
Support with Childcare Costs
The College may be able to provide support for your childcare costs if you are a full-time student, either for part of, or for the full year.
If you are 20 years old or more, the College receives funding which may contribute towards the childcare you require.
In addition, young people under the age of 20 with childcare needs may be eligible for childcare and travel costs through the national ‘Care to Learn’ scheme. Find out if you’re eligible by visiting: www.direct.gov.uk/caretolearn
16-18 Student Concessionary Bus Pass
If you are attending college on a full-time basis and you meet the qualifying criteria, you may be eligible for a concessionary bus pass for bus and tram travel, and halved fares on local Northern Rail services in South Yorkshire.
For more information and to apply online, please visit: www.travelsouthyorkshire.com
Free school Meals
If you are aged 16 to 18 on 31st August 2014, you may be eligible for free school meals if you or your parents are in receipt of certain benefits. Please visit the Student Services Centre for more information.
NUS Extra Card
NUS extra is the ultimate, must-have student card! It gives you access to hundreds of discounts exclusively for students – including ASOS, Amazon, Topshop, House of Fraser, National Express, New Look, JJB Sports, Pizza Hut, Superdrug and many, many more.
The card costs just £12 and can be purchased directly from the NUS website: www.nus.org.uk
Opportunities after the course:
• You may have the opportunity to progress onto another study programme or an Apprenticeship
• Job opportunities may include; Trainee Chef de Partie, Barista, Restaurant Assistant, Trainee Sous Chef or Front of House Staff
How to apply
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