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Hospitality & Catering Diploma Level 2 at PETROC

Course description

Love food and have a passion for cookery and customer service? Then this is the study programme for you. This one-year qualification has a proven track record of providing students with the skills and knowledge to develop highly successful careers in the dynamic and exciting world of hospitality and catering.

Course content

On this practical programme, you will learn subjects such as Pastry and Dough, Meat, Fish and Vegetable Cookery, Wine Appreciation and Table Theatre Techniques. You will develop your talents through working in our brand new, state-of-the-art kitchens and contemporary restaurant.

You will be assessed on practical culinary performance and on written assignments. Work experience can form part of the programme and there may even be opportunities to experience food and culture in another European country.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade D or equivalent or above, to preferably include GCSE Maths at grade 3 or above and GCSE English Language at grade 3 or above.
Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE Maths will study towards GCSE Maths to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study Level 1 Functional Skills Maths and retake GCSE Maths in the following year.

Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE English Language will study towards GCSE English Language to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study the Level 1 Functional Skills English and retake GCSE in the following year. 

At the end of the year all learners are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of their Level 2 Study Programme and achieved a graded improvement in their Maths and English Language studies before being allowed to progress.


The programme is assessed with a mixture of continuous practical assessments and assessed written assignments.

Financial information

Q. Will I need to purchase any equipment? 
A. Yes, you will need to purchase a kitchen and restaurant uniform, knives and books.

Q. Is there any financial help available? 
A. Yes. Qualifying students can apply for support from the College Learner Support Fund which is means tested.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the Level 2 programme, you can progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery, an advanced apprenticeship or into employment as a professional trainee chef/waiter.

Further information

The section has well equipped, cutting edge training kitchens and a modern fine dining restaurant, The Tawstock, in which students develop their cookery and food service skills. The college has dedicated learning resource areas with bookable computers for learners to use during self study time. There is a well stocked college library available to support learners.

Q. Is there evening work as part of the course? 
A. Yes. As part of the course and in preparation for industry, students work in our public restaurant for one evening a week.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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