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Cookery, Entry Level

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    Entry Level

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2021

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2021, Full Time


This programme bridges the gap between domestic cooking and the skills and knowledge needed for employment within the catering industry. This is designed for students who need additional support and may have a range of learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

The course has two possible routes one leading to City and Guilds Entry 3 Introduction to the Hospitality Industry Certificate, and the other, Gateway Level 1 Skills for Hospitality and Catering Certificate.

Both groups study the hospitality industry, its range and opportunities, customer service and practical kitchen skills. English and maths are embedded through practical and theory as well as stand alone classes.
Independence is encouraged in the practical session as well as developing employability skills such as time keeping, communication, teamwork and organisational skills, allowing the student to build self esteem and confidence.

Why our college?

Industry standard facilities

At our college you will have access to industry-standard facilities and get to use top of the range equipment. On our campus you’ll find media suites, TV studios, design labs, workshops, hair & beauty salons, working kitchens and a live theatre.

Gain real experiences of work

All of our courses will provide you with outstanding experiences of work and prepare you for your future career. You will work with real employers and customers and build connections.

A unique student experience

This is what really sets us apart. At our college you will experience the freedom to be yourself. Being part of an active Students’ Union, having opportunities to travel and enjoying live entertainment are just a few of the amazing opportunities available to you.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of Entry level 1 in English and maths. You will also need to demonstrate the commitment, motivation and enthusiasm to succeed on the course at interview.

Learning Outcomes

The course covers independent living skills including:

  • Hygiene
  • Health and safety
  • Foundation cookery skills
  • Introduction to customer service
  • Introduction to the hospitality Industry
  • Personal nutrition


To develop confidence in the kitchen with foundation cookery skills, alongside teamwork and communication skills.


Theory work is continuously assessed and designed to suit the individual learner needs. Practical work is continuously assessed throughout the year.


After successfully completing the course, with a good attendance and attitude towards learning, you could progress onto:

  • Mint, Project Search or Ticket
  • Level 1 Gateway -Certificate in Skills for Hospitality and Catering
  • Level 1 Diploma in Hospitality and Catering

Career Progression

Career opportunities are identified within the course and these qualifications give you a grounding in the skills needed within the hospitality sector.


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop. There will be additional be costs for uniform and equipment, approximately £64. Please check our Finance pages for information on loans, bursaries, fee information and student travel offers that are available. Alternatively please contact the Advice Shop