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Cookery Level 1

  • 1

    Level 1

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2021

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2021, Full Time


This programme is a sound and beneficial introduction to Hospitality and Catering as a career choice.
You will discover the variety of employment types the industry offers; develop the practical skills required, and investigate the materials, ingredients and equipment used to fulfil the various roles.

The Study Units include:

  • Basic food preparation and cooking
  • Customer care
    • Food service
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Health and safety, and food safety awareness in catering
    • Pastry and cake preparation methods
    • Housekeeping and guest services
  • Employment skills

Throughout the main programme of study, we will work with you to improve your individual skill set. This will, importantly, include your interaction with students, colleagues and members of the public. We will put this into practice during regular work sessions in the College’s own restaurants and when we make external visits to catering establishments. During the summer, our out-of-classroom learning includes a residential short break to develop team working skills. In addition, you will study English and Maths, and the route taken will depend on your entry Grades – either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths. Please check our English and Maths page for further information.

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 three GCSE's grade 2 or above including English and Maths or Functional skills grade 1.
You will need to show a keen interest in catering and be enthusiastic about fulfilling the requirements of the course – across both the practical and theory elements. Punctuality will be a key requirement and you will need to be a willing team player.

Learning Outcomes

You will learn about the Hospitality and Catering industry, covering a wide range of units, for example:

  • Health And Safety And Food Safety Awareness
  • Basic Food Preparation And Cooking
  • Introduction To Pastry And Cake Preparation
  • The Importance Of Customer Service
  • Healthy Eating
    *Food and Beverage Service Skills
  • Assisting At A Hospitality Event
  • Housekeeping and guest services


You will be assessed on the completion of tasks which show you have gained new skills: your understanding of the use of small and large commercial equipment, safe work practices and hygiene; and your level of customer service. When your confidence has grown in our real working environment the Debut Café, you will undergo student observations and written assignments to cover the requirements of the qualification.


After successfully completing the course, with a good attendance and disciplinary record, you could progress onto:

  • VRQ level 1 Professional Cookery
  • VRQ Level 2 Diploma in Food and Beverage Service
  • Apprenticeship

Career Progression

With the proper training, experience and drive, the opportunities offered by the hospitality industry are huge. This City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate/Diploma in Hospitality and Catering is a practical qualification, which is industry recognised. It will help as a spring board to further study and training or to apply for an apprenticeship. It will also support you if you are seeking a job among a number of viable employment sectors.


If you will be under 19 years old on the 31st August which falls prior to the start of your course, your registration and tuition fees will be funded by the Government. Chef’s whites, knives and food service uniform (costing approximately £130) will need to be self-funded. Financial support may be available - depending on personal circumstances. Please check our Finance pages for fee information and any accessible financial help.