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Hospitality & Catering BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate at Preston's College

Course description

If you want to be a part of this fast paced, customer facing industry then take your first steps into a fulfilling and rewarding career with this course.

Course content

On this course you will cover a variety of different units designed to help you take that first step into the industry. Examples of these units include:
– Introducing the hospitality industry
– Working in the hospitality industry
– Food safety and health and safety in hospitality
– How the hospitality industry contributes to healthy lifestyles
– Costing and controlling finances in the hospitality industry
– Enterprise in the hospitality industry
– Marketing and promotion in hospitality
– Planning, preparing, cooking and finishing food
– Food and beverage service in the hospitality industry
– Contemporary world food cooking skills

The vast majority of employers require you to have certain technical skills, knowledge and understanding to work in the hospitality sector, but they are also looking for employability skills which will enable you to adapt to the ever changing roles needed to survive in the global economy. Throughout all of your units you will develop a range of employability skills which include:
– Self management
– Team work
– Business awareness
– Customer service
– Problem solving
– Communication skills
– English and maths
– A positive attitude to work
These units are essential to give you a basic understanding of the industry and ensure that you are ready to start your career.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for Level 1 however; you’ll need to attend an interview showing your interest in the subject and a willingness to learn. You need four GCSE’s at grade D or above including English and maths. You’ll also need to attend a skills session.


There are two externally assessed units (exams) which will assist you as you progress onto higher levels of study. The remaining units are internally assessed by a variety of methods including practical observations, written assessments, projects, presentations and portfolio building. You will be expected to carry out research and assessments in the workplace. You need to take responsibility for your own learning and achievement, taking into account the industry standards for behaviour and performance.

Future opportunities

You can progress to the courses below or seek employment within the industry.
Level 3 Hospitality
Level 2 Professional Cookery
Level 2 Butchery
Level 2 Bakery

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Preston's College directly.

Last updated date: 25 May 2016
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