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Hospitality and Catering - Advanced Diploma at Queensbury School

Course description

Diplomas offer young people a fully rounded education, which combines theoretical and practical learning. This is an exciting opportunity to participate in a brand new course that involves a range of Hospitality and Catering skills, including food preparation, cooking and food service. It will give you the knowledge and skills that you will need for college, university or work in an exciting, creative and enjoyable way. This diploma is delivered partly at Queensbury and partly at other centres.

Course content

The Diploma is a great new way of combining class work with hands on experience. This new qualification allows lots of opportunity to come into contact with people who are employed in this industry. Students will learn how to work with other people and express themselves confidently in a work environment by developing personal, learning and thinking skills.

Learners studying for the Higher Diploma in Hospitality and Catering Studies must achieve, the principal learning qualification, a project qualification, functional skills in English, ICT and Mathematics and any relevant combination of qualifications from additional and specialist learning that equals or exceeds 180 guided learning hours.

The principal learning in the Advanced Diploma in Hospitality and Catering Studies is made up from 10 units, all are mandatory. They are as follows;

  • Investigating the Hospitality Industry
  • Building and Developing Effective Teams in Hospitality
  • Customer Service in Hospitality
  • Legislation and Procedures in Hospitality
  • Finance and Budgetary Control in Hospitality
  • Managing People in Hospitality
  • Running a Hospitality Business
  • Managing a Food Operation in Hospitality
  • Hospitality Services
  • Sales and Marketing in Hospitality

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 5 A*-C grades (or equivalent) in your GCSEs, including two grade Bs & at least a gradeC in GCSE English & Maths, & the related subject if previously taken. A separate application process is required as this is a partnership offer & the course may be over subscribed.


The Diploma is graded A*/A/B/C

How is the Diploma assessed?

There are several ways this course can be assessed

  • Oral Examination
  • Task-based controlled assessment
  • Work-based assessment
  • By building a portfolio of evidence
  • Coursework
  • Through a practical demonstration
  • Simulation activities
  • Practical test
  • Project work
  • A written examination

What can the student expect to achieve?

The level 3 qualification is equivalent to 3 A level awards (there is a level 3 progression award which is equivalent to 2 A level awards)

How will the student know s/he is achieving? One to one reviews of learning, reporting structure that happens once a term, written feedback in portfolio and coursework, feedback during practical sessions, feedback from employers and other partners engaged in the delivery.

Will there be any cost to the students? Students will be expected to provide basic equipment, such as pens, pencils, paper. They will be expected to find some of their own resources for their practical sessions and portfolios. There may be a requirement to pay some travel costs if going out to employers' premises for work experience opportunities. You will need to pass Functional Skills qualifications in English, Maths & ICT, as well as an Extended Project.

Future opportunities

The qualification will provide opportunities for progression into employment within the Hospitality industry or progression onto higher education courses such as a degree in Hospitality Management.

It offers excellent progression opportunities for future employment within the Hospitality and Catering sectors and related industries. This new course has been developed with the relevant employers and People 1st (the Skills Sector Council for Hospitality & Tourism)

Further information

Please contact Mrs McCreesh for further information.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queensbury School directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years