Course Area Overview

Catering and Hospitality

Why choose Catering and Hospitality

The catering and hospitality industry in Northern Ireland is fantastically exciting and diverse, full of wonderful career opportunities – it is youthful, vibrant and rewarding. As a growth industry, catering and hospitality offers a diverse range of job opportunities and career prospects. There are an estimated 1.4 million jobs related directly to catering and hospitality across the country, accounting for five per cent of total UK employment.

Learners are provided with the knowledge and skills in a number of specialist areas of expertise, ranging from professional cookery, customer service, food and beverage service, management and leadership.

Courses
Breads, Cakes and Bakes

This is a home bakery programme to introduce you to simple cakes and breads for family and friends.

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City & Guilds Entry Level Award for Introduction to Customer Service (Entry 3)

The Awards/Certificates for Introduction to Customer Service qualifications are for anyone interested in starting a career in the customer service industry. You don't need to have any prior qualifications. The Awards and Certificates will provide you with a basic understanding of the impact of customer service and will equip you with the necessary skills to work and support customer service delivery.

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City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma - Introduction to Professional Cookery (7100-11)

This course introduces learners to the basic and professional skills needed to be employed in the catering industry and is relevant if they are new to the industry. This is a great taster course to determine if learners have the skills, attitudes and behaviours needed and covers the basics required to gain employment in this dynamic sector. It is recommended that everyone starts with this programme regardless of their academic profile and it is the course of choice for school leavers interested in a catering career.

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City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in General Patisserie and Confectionary

Has television reality shows got your attention? These qualifications cover all the patisserie and confectionery skills and knowledge to show you've got what it takes for a successful career as a pastry chef. Ideal for those looking to become professional pastry chefs or for those wanting to progress in their careers, for individuals who enjoy this area of cookery as a hobby and for those employees looking to further their knowledge and skills in this area.

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City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Professional Food and Beverage Service Skills

This qualification meets the needs of learners who want to work front of house within a hospitality environment. It is also for those learners that want a rounded knowledge of both front of house and the kitchen, which will enable them to look at more senior positions in the future. The qualification covers all aspects of food and beverage service. It will deliver the key skills required by the learner to ensure they will have a thorough understanding of the role and expectations that any future employer will expect of them._x000D_

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City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hospitality Services

This is a full time one year programme to introduce and prepare you for the hospitality & catering sector. This qualification is suitable for anyone from 16 years old or over. This qualification will help you to develop catering and waiting skills. It is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for working in kitchens and / or as part of a front of house team._x000D_ This qualification could lead to jobs in: _x000D_ • Commis Chef _x000D_ • Waiting Staff_x000D_

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City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery (7132-08)

This diploma will suit you if you have some basic skills and experience as a chef, probably from a role where you work under supervision. You may want to gain a formal qualification and increase your skills so that you can take on a more senior role.

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City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery Fast Track

This diploma will suit you if you have some basic skills and experience as a chef, probably from a role where you work under supervision. You may want to gain a formal qualification and increase your skills so that you can take on a more senior role.

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City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering

The Food Safety in Catering qualifications are suitable for anybody, whether in a supervisory position or those working directly with food. For the supervisory qualification you'll have some experience in a full or part time position within the hospitality sector and be looking to take on more responsibility for food safety at work.

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City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in General Patisserie and Confectionary

This qualification will help you to develop your skills further, perhaps to become a specialist chef or move into a management role. It is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in higher education and/or employment in this globally and economically important sector.

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City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery

This qualification is relevant to learners who have achieved a Level 2 qualification in Professional Cookery or to those with plenty of experience in a professional kitchen. They may have experience at supervisory level or they may want to develop their skills further, perhaps to become a specialist chef or move into a management role.

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City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery

This qualification is relevant to learners who have achieved a Level 2 qualification in Professional Cookery or to those with plenty of experience in a professional kitchen. They may have experience at supervisory level or they may want to develop their skills further, perhaps to become a specialist chef or move into a management role.

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Cooking for Christmas

This short programme is a week by week development of skills for a range of food and dishes that you may wish to use when entertaining family and friends over the Christmas period.

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Cooking on a Budget

Make culinary delights from the most basic ingredients that can be found in your store cupboard. A short course that encourages you to use what you have in your larder and fridge.

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Perfect Parties at Home

This short programme has been designed with the entertainer at home in mind taking you through a range of tasks and activities covering to take the stress out of hosting and learn up to date ideas for making your home parties stand out including; Cocktails and mocktails, the ideal table setting for seasonal and occasional settings, wine knowledge, the perfect cheeseboard and speciality tea and coffee.

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RSPH Level 2 Award in Food Safety & Hygiene

This qualification covers the principles of food hygiene for food handlers working in either a catering or retail environment

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RSPH Level 2 Award in Identifying and Controlling Food Allergy Risks

Increasing numbers of individuals suffer adverse reactions every year from the ingestion of allergens in food. This number could be greatly reduced if more people involved in the production, preparation and serving of food were aware of the risks to people from food allergens and how to control these risks. This qualification will provide learners with an understanding of why food allergens need to be controlled and strategies for control, such as keeping and making available information about allergen ingredients, reducing cross contamination, improving communication and providing advice to consumers._x000D_

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Facilities

Students have travelled with us from level 2 and level 3 to Foundation Degree and then beyond. Past students now have careers as Cabin Crew, Event Managers, Receptionists, Chefs, Hotel Managers, Restaurant Managers, and Service Handling Agents etc.

The aspiring chef will gain confidence in cooking and presentation, and understand the many factors which influence or dictate food choices and trends. For those who have a passion for customer facing roles, a variety of skills and attributes will be uncovered which will transfer to so many industries locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

About the qualifications

The range of qualifications covers a number of pathways enabling learners to boost specialist skills and knowledge needed in catering and hospitality.

On completion at every level, a number of options are available to suit personal learning and assessment preferences. As skill level increases and opportunities within the industry present, the level and type of qualifications become more adaptable to meet the needs of the learner, supporting them to achieve a successful and rewarding career.

Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Professional Cookery with Certificate in Introduction to Food and Beverage Service.
Level 2 NVQ or VRQ Diploma in Professional Cookery
NVQ or VRQ Diploma in Food and Beverage Service
Culinary Skills Diploma with Certificate in Food and Beverage Service
Certificate in Patisserie and Confectionary
Level 3 NVQ or VRQ Diploma in Professional Cookery
Level 4 Principles of Hospitality Management
Level 5 Ulster University International Hospitality & Tourism/ International Travel and Tourism Management
Degree in International Culinary Arts

Who is it suitable for?

Because of the diverse nature of the industry, training programmes are designed to meet the needs of a variety of learners; school leavers embarking on a new career path, those taking time out from other industries or studies, adult returners upskilling to gain part or full time employment at all levels of the public or private sector. In short, anyone from new entrant to skilled professional with drive and passion to succeed.​

Core areas of study

Undertaking one of these programmes will provide you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in:

Catering & Hospitality
  • Kitchen and Larder principles and produce
  • Patisserie and confectionary
  • Principles of cooking methods
  • Sustainability and waste management
  • Healthier foods and special diets
  • Nutrition in Food Production
  • Costings, menu and kitchen design
  • Food Safety
  • Health, Safety and Security of the workplace
  • Principles of working relationships
  • Customer Service
  • Food and Beverage service
  • Barista
  • Front desk operations