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L2 Technical Certificate in Food Preparation and Service at Leicester College

Course description

The level 2 Technical Certificate in food and beverage service will help you develop the skills necessary to seek employment in a front-of-house role in the hospitality industry. It will also allow you to seek a more senior position in the future. This qualification covers all aspects of food and beverage service. The course will deliver the skills you will require to gain an understanding of the key front-of-house roles, together with the expectations from future employers. If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

Course content

On this course you will be serving freshly-produced “fine dining” cuisine accompanied by fine wines in our award-winning taste restaurant. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the hospitality industry through practical and theoretical sessions. You will develop your food and beverage service techniques and product knowledge whilst gaining the knowledge and understanding of current legislation within a licensed restaurant. To be successful in the hospitality industry you need to work as part of a highly professional team. To this end, we will help you develop your team-building skills. You will become the face of Leicester College’s hospitality department as you will be involved in many of Leicestershire’s prestigious events throughout the forthcoming year through Leicester College and at outside events. As part of your study programme you will undertake a work placement in a restaurant environment of your choice. This will give you the opportunity to implement the skills you have learnt.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. GCSEs in both English and maths at grade 3 (D) or above is required. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications. Students with relevant industry experience will be considered, as will those who hold a level 1 qualification in professional cookery.


You will undertake a formal exam which will include: an introduction to the hospitality industry; principles of customer care; menu knowledge; food service; beverage product knowledge; food safety; and health and safety. Your practical skills will be assessed with a three-part synoptic test. Part one will take the form of a planning session; part two will be a practical assessment; and part three will summarise your overall assessment performance. Assessments will be externally marked by the awarding body.

Financial information

Material fee £120.00. There are trips to top London-based hotels and restaurants which form part of your course as well as your food service uniform which you will need to buy for an approximate cost of £230.00 .

Future opportunities

There is the opportunity to progress onto the level 3 food and beverage supervision course or an advanced apprenticeship programme the following year. This course may also lead to you gaining employment in a fine dining restaurant or hotel within the industry where you will be able to apply the skills and knowledge you have gained on your programme.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2018
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