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Preparing for a Career in the Hospitality Industry Level 1 Diploma at Furness College

Course description

Inspired by Jamie Oliver or Gordon Ramsay then learn cheffing skills, recipes and techniques from around the world and front-of-house serving in the Restaurant – a real working environment which is open to the public.  Students also have the opportunity to experience work placements in a range of different industry settings.

Course content

This course is a good basic introduction to Investigating the Hospitality Industry. Units studied include: how to use kitchen equipment, basic food preparation and cooking, serving food and drink, customer service, healthy eating and food safety as well a personal development.

Every full-time course will include a real experience of work.

Maths and English form part of this course and will be assessed at the relevant levels.

Entry requirements

Two GCSEs grades D - G or other equivalent qualifications and successful completion of aptitude tests and activities within the Catering Department. You will be required to attend an interview.


All the practical work is assessed in kitchen and the restaurant for the practical element and oral questions to prove knowledge. There are assignments and written tests. A portfolio of evidence is built up throughout the course.

Financial information

This is a professional qualification and high standards of personal appearance and conduct will be required. All assessments are carried out in the restaurant and kitchen and must be to a professional standard.

There is a dress code specific to the industry, a kit that includes your chef knives and a book that you are required to purchase through college and will cost around £180. Support may be available through Student Services if you meet eligibility criteria.

The college provides all other equipment and tools needed for the course.

Future opportunities

You may choose to undertake further study and progress to Level 2 Diploma in Professional Food and Beverage Service. Progression is based on aptitude and a successful interview. Otherwise you can gain employment as trainee waiting staff, trainee cook or trainee housekeeping assistant in a variety of settings such as a coffee shop, work canteen, motorway service station or hospital canteen.

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How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 March 2016
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