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Catering Level 1 Diploma at Tresham College of Further and Higher Education

Course description

This course focusses on the practical application of knowledge and aims to provide you with a basic level of study in catering. The skills developed are required for employment in many catering and hospitality establishments and events.

Course content

You will study practical units for food preparation and cooking including boiling, baking, poaching and frying. Units for serving food and drink include preparing dining areas, serving customers and dealing with payments. You will develop your practical skills in the commercial kitchens and our Manor Restaurant which is open to the public. Your programme of study will also require attendance at tutorials, work experience and employability skills.

Entry requirements

A range of GCSEs at E-G including English and preferably maths or equivalent, OR an Entry Level course with good evidence of ability to achieve at a higher level.


This course involves practical sessions in our Manor House Restaurant and kitchens alongside written assignments and theory tests. Practical assessments will be carried out in test conditions at set times throughout the year.

Financial information

You will be required to purchase a professional uniform, knives and a textbook is recommended, Approx. cost £230.

Future opportunities

This course will prepare you for employment at operative level or, with a good tutor reference and satisfactory attendance record, further study on Level 2 study programmes in Professional Food and Beverage Service or Professional Cookery.

Further information

Entry is subject to a successful interview. A high professional standard of uniform and safety shoes or boots must be worn in the kitchens.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tresham College of Further and Higher Education directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2016
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    • Our brand new £36m Corby Campus continues to offer a range of vocational programmes training learners for employment in a number of specialist fields, including Construction, Catering, Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy and Engineering. In September 2011 new provision was introduced in Sport, Public Services, Computing, Business, Care and Early Years as well as a number of new Higher Education programmes.

      For the trades, Corby campus has a number of specialist engineering and construction workshops providing realistic working conditions with the most up to date equipment available for our learners. New technology includes a dedicated suite for AutoCAD training.

      The modern building includes dedicated learning pods for each of the different subject areas equipped with learning resources and computer facilities. A 3G astroturf similar to the one at the college's Kettering campus will also be utilised by the Sports and Public Services provision and will be available for hire by local orgainsations and sports teams.

      A state of the art fitness suite provides relevant training for sports science and fitness instructors and will open to learners and staff at the campus. Supported Learning Programmes are able to utilise the most up to date sensory equipment and aids to encourage independant living.

      The Skills for Life Workshop has now moved to the new campus for individuals to improve their basic Maths and English skills and English classes for speakers of other languages.

      Tresham Studios, the college's brand new hair and beauty salons in the Corby campus, offer an extensive range of hair, beauty and complimentary treatments at very competitive prices within realisitic working environments for learners to gain vital work experience. Daytime and evening appointments are available during term time.

      The Manor restaurant is Tresham's prestigious new training restaurant located in the beautiful historic Manor House building, just a short walk away from the new Corby campus. The fully licensed Manor Restaurant will be open to the public for morning coffee, lunch and evening meals. Speciality dinners and theme nights also take place throughout the year.