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Hospitality and Catering GCSE at Cromwell Community College

Course description

What will I study?

You will investigate and study catering in a variety of contexts. Within these contexts you will develop a wide range of skills using many different resources.

You will learn about the real world of catering including the different careers available, health and safety and hygiene rules and how to plan effective menus and recipes.

New making skills and processes to learn will include the professional preparation, cooking and presentation of all food types using small and large scale catering equipment. From the start of Year 10 you will be using brand new Catering rooms - an exciting prospect!

You will also study and practice the important methods of communication used in the catering industry and important ethical and environmental issues.

Course content

How will I learn?

Year 10 will be spent undertaking a series of stimulating practical assignments of various lengths enabling you to gain a clear understanding of the standards of work and depth of knowledge required for success. Other know-how and understanding will be taught alongside these projects so that nearly all the knowledge required for the final exam in Year 11 is learned in Year 10. This gives time in Year 11 to focus on the development of your skills.

Will there be any coursework?

There are two Controlled Assessments to be completed during the course. These are both very practical requiring only limited written work to support the cooking skills you use. You will have a range of starting points to choose from for your projects and you will be given lots of guidance about which themes offer the most scope. These themes range from cooking with a focus on dairy produce to cooking food with an international flavour.


How will I be assessed?

You will be continually assessed during the course. You will know what you have done well and what you can improve in order to achieve the highest marks. The assignments in Year 10 will be marked to the same criteria as your coursework so you will clearly know whether you are on track to achieve your target grade.

Your final grade depends solely on your two Controlled Assessment (worth 20% and 40%) and the written examination (40%).

Will there be any independent study?

Throughout Years 10 and 11 you will be required to complete set homework tasks but the majority of the Controlled Assessment must be completed in supervised class time.

Financial information

What do I need for catering?

You will be expected to provide some ingredients to support the development of your practical skills and if you want to take home what you make, labelled storage boxes are a necessity.

Future opportunities

Where can this subject take me?

The course provides an excellent opportunity for progression through a variety of routes in further education e.g. Advanced Level GCE, Diplomas or training e.g. Modern Apprenticeships or employment.

Further information

Talk to Mr King, Technology Deparment.


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September