Level 1 Cooking, Food Prep and Hospitality – September 2024

Funding information: Free for Eligible 16-18 year olds. Adult funding available dependant on learner circumstances otherwise course costs apply.
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

This course is a Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Food preparation and Cooking with aspects of Hospitality included. It is an ideal starting point for those who want to work in food and hospitality. You will learn the basic skills and knowledge required to work in hospitality environments, preparing you for higher level study and skills development.

This course is comprised of three qualifications and is a 1 year program:

  • NVQ Level 1 in Basic Food Preparation & Cooking
  • Level 1 Award Introduction to the Hospitality Industry
  • Highfield Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering

This course will introduce you to the catering industry. You will learn the basic skills and processes required to prepare you for working both back of house as a chef, as well as front of house as a waiter.

The college has its own restaurant, Taste, where you will have the opportunity to put your skills into practice.

Course Content

  • Food preparation and cooking for our Taste restaurant
  • Food theory
  • Food and drink service in our Taste restaurant
  • Food and drink service theory
  • Food safety
  • Food preparation and cooking assessments
  • Work experience/industry placement

Entry Requirements

Two GCSEs at grade 3 or above or the Entry Level Introduction to Hospitality.

Assessment Methods

  • Portfolio
  • practical assignments
  • online assignments
  • food safety exam


Upon successful completion of the course, you can progress to a Level 2 course in Professional Cookery or Hospitality Services.

Case Study

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James Greatorex

Chesterfield College

Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery