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Catering Skills for Working Life Entry Certificate at City College Brighton and Hove

Course description

Are you interested in food, cooking and providing a quality service within the Catering industry? Would you like to gain a qualification that will teach you the basics about the catering industry?

This entry level catering qualification is for students of all ages and will help you develop a wide range of personal, inter-personal and work-related skills. You’ll be taught in a hands on way that relates to a real working experience.

The minimum credit requirement for the qualification is 22 credits

Credits can be achieved at Entry 2 or Entry 3 allowing you to achieve a ‘spiky’ profile.

Course content

On this course you will learn about some or all of the following:

  • Good understanding of Food Preparation and Cooking
  • Presentation of Food
  • Health and Safety
  • Food Hygiene
  • Some units cover the service of Food
  • Some units cover cleaning and preparation of Catering Work Areas
  • Develop personal and inter-personal skills to enable the learner to enhance their quality of life and behaviour within accepted norms;
  • Develop an awareness of the need to operate safely in a particular environment;
  • Provide opportunities for experiential learning;
  • Provide basic understanding of industrial practice through performing routine tasks;
  • Provide motivation and recognition of progress and achievement through the accumulation of credit via controlled and structured assessment;
  • Develop mental and physical co-ordination, dexterity, mobility and confidence.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements, but basic literacy and numeracy are an advantage as is an interest in working in the catering industry

Interview for entry: Interview required

Interview preparation:
You will be asked to come for an interview and taster day where you can show your interest, enthusiasm and commitment to catering through your studies at school, your hobbies, any work experience or your ambitions. You will need to show that you are committed to the course and prepared to work in and out of class.


You'll be assesed through observation, questioning and project work

Financial information

Students are required to supply their own study materials, protective clothing and knives, which will be around £120. Other small equipment and commodities are provided. The College will provide you with an equipment and supplier list.

Future opportunities

After successfully completing this course, you may wish to progress on to

  • B0660) Supported VRQ 1 (Vocational Related Qualification) Diploma in Introduction to Professional Cookery. This is also a small group Catering course with Teaching Support Assistant


  • (B0661) Mainstream VRQ1 as above but not small group and is not supported by a designated TSA in all lessons

Or alternatively you may look to begin work in the catering industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City College Brighton and Hove directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2016
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    • Located in North Laine, right in the heart of Brighton, you’ll be just minutes away from a vibrant mix of shops, cafés, theatres and entertainment. You’ll be at the centre of everything that makes Brighton such a special city.

      Study Programme qualifications

      There are a wide range of study programme qualifications primarily based at our Central Campus, including: Art & Design, Beauty Therapy, Business, Catering, Computing, Digital Arts, Filmmaking, English & Mathematics, Hairdressing, Photography, Science, Travel & Tourism and our degree-level courses. Some classes will occasionally be held at our East Campus and some courses will occasionally be taught off-site.

      Read, learn & watch 

      • Learning Resource Centre open to all students
      • 40,000 books, 300 periodicals, 2,000 DVDs
      • Over 80 computer stations, equipped with electronic resources, e-books and access to online learning resources

      Get creative

      • Well-equipped, spacious and specialist art studios
      • Video and photographic studios
      • Top-of-the-range digital facilities and traditional dark rooms
      • A great value art shop on site - the cheapest supplier in Brighton

      Digital Design Centre

      • Mac-based Graphic Design suite
      • PC-based 3-D Multimedia suite with motion capture
      • Video studio with Chromakey and lighting rig
      • Digital video cameras, recorders and digital SLRs
      • All rooms fully networked with email and internet access on every machine.

      The Hub

      • A one-stop-shop to get you prepared for the world of work
      • Advice and support on job hunting, careers, employability skills, work experience, Apprenticeships and CV-writing

      The Gallery and its commercial kitchens

      • Working restaurant open to the public and specialising in catering for bespoke events and restaurant-quality meals
      • Run by students with a strong reputation in the community
      • Supported by four industry-standard training kitchens

      Relax and unwind

      • Professionally equipped salons open to the public
      • Equipment and treatments that you would find in any salon
      • Customer reception area and sophisticated booking system replicating the workplace
      • Great discounts on hair and beauty treatments

      Holidays, travel, concerts and lots more

      • A working travel agency open to the public
      • Training in a realistic environment on professional booking systems and with real holiday companies
      • The opportunity to practise what you have learnt and show employers that you have real experience

      Experiments and research

      • A full science lab suite which is one of the best in the South East
      • Specialist facilities for forensic science

      Relax and refuel

      • The Central Café offers fantastic value, nutritious breakfasts, lunches and dinners
      • Guest chefs from around Brighton visit to cook specialist cuisines
      • The Coffee Stop serves speciality teas and coffees
      • Vending machines offer drinks and confectionery

      Getting here

      City College Central Campus is less than 5 minutes walk from Brighton Station and local bus routes to Pelham Street include:

      Via London Road

      5, 5A, 5B, 17, 21, 22, 33, 40, 270, 271

      Via Lewes Road

      24, 25, 28, 29, 37, 49, 50, 78

      Via Hollingbury/Hollingdean

      26, 46, 50

      Via Western Road

      5, 5A, 5B, 21, 21A, 46, 49