Hospitality and Catering

Studying Hospitality and Catering can open up a surprisingly wide range of rewarding careers. We have two initial paths to follow, Front of House and Cookery. You'll learn transferable skills that open up employment opportunities in a huge number of areas in this exciting industry.

Stand out from the crowd when you're applying for a job. We'll not only give you the skills and knowledge you need for your chosen career, we'll also develop your employability and professional development skills that you take into any job such as confidence, resilience, organisation and stress management.

We look closely at what employment trends are set for the coming years, meet with key employers and plan what you'll learn to match this, giving you the best chance of succeeding in your chosen career post-college.

Our hospitality and catering courses will give you all the skills you need to succeed in this demanding and dynamic industry. Whether you want to be front of house or work in a professional kitchen, you’ll benefit from the expertise of our tutors who have years of experience working in fine dining restaurants and hotels. You’ll be able to practice your skills and get hands-on experience working in our professional kitchens and on-site restaurant ‘Taste’. You’ll also get the chance to cook and serve food to paying customers during the week. This will give you the opportunity to experience what it’s like to work in the industry and benefit from being part of a professional team in a customer-facing environment.

  • The demand for qualified chefs in this area is expected to grow by 4% over the next 4 years
  • There will be 24,500 front of house jobs across the East Midlands in five years’ time
  • Experienced chefs can earn around £18,000 a year depending on their experience, whilst head chefs can earn up to £35,000 a year
  • On average, restaurant managers in this area can earn £24,000 a year depending on the size of their establishment

The range of courses we offer have been carefully chosen to ensure that when you leave us, you’re ready for work, an apprenticeship or further study at university level. We ask employers to tell us what they look for in new employees and then make sure that our students develop the key skills and knowledge that puts them ahead of the competition. We also ensure that you have the option to follow a career pathway specific to particular jobs, from Level 1 all the way through to a university-level qualification. Where you start, which route you take and how far you go, will depend on you and what you want to be in the future.