VTCT Level 1 Diploma in Vocational Studies - Hospitality and Catering (QCF)


The VTCT Level 1 Diploma in Vocational Studies - Hospitality and Catering (QCF) is a qualification that has been designed to help prepare you for employment and a career in the hospitality industry.

This qualification will provide you with the basic knowledge and skills in preparation for a career in Catering and Hospitality. Throughout this qualification you will ensure responsibility to reduce risks to health and safety, food safety, prepare and cook food, prepare and serve drinks, serve food, use kitchen equipment, introduction to health eating and food commodities.

You will be supervised by technical staff and assessed on your competence.

What are the entry requirements?

Two GCSEs at grades A - G, grades 9 - 1 or an Entry 3 Diploma in Vocational Studies ? Hospitality and Catering or other equivalent qualifications and a willingness to learn. You will be required to attend an interview and a diagnostic assessment for Literacy and Numeracy which will enable us to place you on the right course.

What subjects will I study?

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 units such as working as a group, working towards goals, healthy living, managing your own money, managing social relationships and community action.

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.

How will I learn?

This course is an introduction to catering. As a student on this course you will have opportunities to develop basic skills and knowledge required by people wishing to be employed in the industry.

You will receive practical training in the College kitchen to acquire the required practical skills, practical training in The Restaurant, study time for theory work that is organised through workbooks and tutor and individual tutorial support.

How will I be assessed?

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.

What opportunities will this lead to?

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 coffee shops, work canteens, hotels, restaurants or pubs.

How long is the course?

Full-time over one year.

Are there any additional costs?

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.

Can I get more information?

For more information please contact us:
T: 01229 825017
E: info@furness.ac.uk

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