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Food and Beverage Level 2 Diploma at New College Durham

Course description

This course leads to the award of VRQ Level 2 Diploma in Food and Beverage. Your study programme will comprise of your main programme of study, employability skills which includes guest speakers, placement, trips and visits to employers within the region and nationally and also competitions.

This qualification will prepare you for a career within some Hospitality and Catering organisations, but is primarily designed as a progression route into Level 3. The aims of the programme are to; provide an educational foundation for a range of careers in the Travel Industry; provide relevant studies for seeking employment; provide flexibility, knowledge, skills and motivation as a basis for future studies and career development; develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.

The VRQ Level 2 Diplomas in Food and Beverage Service qualification is designed to meet the needs of candidates who want to work in front of house within the hospitality and catering sector.  It provides a basis for understanding different aspects of the sector in relation to individual roles and the industry as a whole.

The VRQ Level 2 Diploma in Food and Beverage has been designed in consultation with industry specialists and give a thorough and comprehensive introduction to the hospitality and catering sector.

This qualification will be assessed through practical assessment, multiple choice tests, short answer questions and assignments.

Course content

The units that you will be covering:

  • Developing skills for employment in the catering and hospitality industry
  • Health and safety in catering and hospitality
  • Legislation in food and beverage service
  • Menu knowledge and design
  • Principles of beverage product knowledge
  • Service of hot beverages
  • Food and beverage service skills
  • Handling payments and maintaining the payment point
  • Principles of customer service in hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism

In addition to this you will also cover:

  • Employability Skills
  • Trips and Visits
  • Maths and English
  • Guest Speakers
  • Work Placement
  • Competitions

Entry requirements

In order to access the VRQ Level 2 Diploma in Food and Beverage you will require a minimum of four GCSE’s at grades D or above, ideally including English and Maths, but not essential (or equivalent related qualification), or successful completion of Level 1 VRQ. Those with at least two years relevant industry experience will also be considered.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the course offers you several routes for progression.

  • Progression on to the NVQ Level 3 Hospitality and Leadership
  • Progression on to the NVQ Level 3 Professional Cookery
Related careers
Baker or flour confectioner Bakers and flour confectioners prepare and bake dough, pastry and cake mixtures and make and finish flour confectionary products by hand.
Cook Cooks prepare, season and cook food, often using pre-prepared ingredients, in clubs, private households, fast food outlets, shops selling food cooked on the premises and the catering departments and canteens of other establishments.
Catering or bar manager Catering and bar managers plan, direct and co-ordinate the catering and bar facilities and services of licensed premises, factories, shops, theatres, educational premises and other establishments. They also manage outside catering businesses and shops selling food cooked on the premises.
Kitchen or catering assistant Workers in this unit group assist in the preparation and service of food and beverages in restaurants, cafés and other eating establishments, and perform various cleaning, fetching and carrying tasks.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016

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