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Catering:Introduction to the Hospitality Industry(Level 1) at Suffolk New College

Course description

Design and produce a menu for Shelley’s lunchtime buffet service. Bake fresh bread and cakes and be a part of our Granary Business. Take part in fun competitions to produce your dishes, and make your style. Attend enrichment activities such as trips to Jimmy’s Farm and Suffolk Show.

Functional Skills in Maths Functional Skills in English  

Course content

The study programme will be over 3 days a week and you will have two kitchen sessions where you will learn the essential skills required to make you a good chef. Time will be spent furthering your skills in English and Maths ability in specially designed lessons which are interlinked to specific catering knowhow such as weights and measures and reading and understanding recipes. Each time you cook you will record your work on a diary sheet which will make up your portfolio along with photographs of the dishes you have made. This ‘evidence’ will then be backed up with a final observation from your tutor of you working on your ‘master chef’ project. The level 1 course will prepare you well for the next step NVQ Level 2 in Professional Cookery.  


Entry requirements


GCSEs at grade E-F or grades 2-1  

Financial information

Tuition Costs 

No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2017. For all students aged 19+ please visit our website Details regarding fee remission and Advanced Learning Loans can also be found at the above website.

Additional Costs

Approximately £165 for uniform/kit and £30 for trips/materials  

Future opportunities


Most level 1 students choose to move onto study Level 2 Professional cookery. They will have already studied 3 of the subjects at level 1 so can focus more on the other units which make up this qualification. Work experience on functions and gaining confidence in a range of skills such as knife techniques will provide the skills to develop your own recipes and ideas as a junior chef.  

Further information

How Do I Apply

Come along to one of our open events and apply there, or online at

Support For You

Student support contact or 01473 382 738 or email

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Suffolk New College directly.

Last updated date: 14 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course code: HHG11F0
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