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Food Industry Skills Diploma level 1 at Leicester College

Course description

This course is designed for those learners who wish to enter the catering industry, ultimately working within a food production environment. The course will allow for the development of basic practical cooking skills and the understanding required so as to support progression onto a higher course in college or into a food industry career at operative level. You will complete work experience within a fresh food establishment so as to gain the essential experience of a real working environment. If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 2 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

Course content

Working with only fresh produce the course is varied and you could find yourself doing anything from preparing fresh bread and desserts through to the fresh production of lasagnes, pies and other savoury products. You will learn excellent team working skills alongside gaining a sound knowledge of health and food safety.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 1/2 (E/F/G) or above is required. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19, who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.


This course is very much focused on developing practical skills and all assessments are observation based and the qualification is gained through the completion of units. Alongside your practical assessments you will be required to complete a set of knowledge based written questions so as to show understanding.

Financial information

Material fee £90.00. You will need a full set of catering knives and chefs whites, details of a recommended supplier provided on application, continuing learners may only need to replace some items.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course can allow for progression onto the level 2 diploma in food industry skills. There is also the opportunity for progression onto a level 2 professional cookery course dependent upon gaining the required level of maths and English qualifications, you could also consider employment or an apprenticeship. Support and guidance for all progression and career opportunities will available for you as your course progresses.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

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: 14 November 2017
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