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Catering and Hospitality

Culinary Skills Level 2 Full-time (Catering)

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course commences in September 2024 and will be completed in one year.

Entry requirements

You will need to hold two GCSEs at grade 2 or above including English and Maths or a Level 1 certificate in Culinary Skills or equivalent.

You will achieve

Level 2 Certificate in Culinary Skills

Course overview

Our chef and front of house lecturers will develop your practical skills in food preparation, cooking and front of house operations.

Lessons take place in our industry-standard kitchens and The Open Kitchen, our restaurant, that is open to the public. Our level 2 students run the afternoon service in our Open Kitchen  restaurant gaining valuable experience at both front and back of house.

In the kitchens, our Chef lecturers will develop your skills including the preparation and cooking of meat, fish, poultry, vegetables, soups, stocks and sauces. Once you have mastered the basics, we expand your skills to look at more aspects of the industry, for example cooking for events both at college and externally. In our bakery, you will develop your baking skills looking at hot and cold desserts as well as producing biscuits, cakes and sponge products.

The course also helps you develop your understanding of catering operations alongside learning about food safety and hygiene. All students will look at healthier food alternatives and developing dishes and menus to cater for a range of dietary requirements.

Course content

In the kitchens, our Chef lecturers will develop your skills, including the preparation and cooking of meat, fish, poultry, vegetables, soups, stocks and sauces. Alongside this, you will cover health and safety in catering, healthier foods and special diets, food safety in catering and you will develop your skills for employment.

While this course is practical, there will be end of unit tests set by City and Guilds. The theory elements will underpin the skills you learn in practical lessons and are question and assignment based.

We run a very professional department and your uniform and equipment is integral to that professionalism.

You will be given a list of the equipment and uniform you will be expected to provide, but you may be able to purchase this through applying to the College’s Learner Support Fund. We use a local supplier who gives a good discount to all our students.

Upon completion, you could progress onto further study such as our Level 3 Professional Cookery course.

See what careers are available in the Catering sector. Use our online careers tool, Career Coach, to find out what your next steps could be.

How much does the course cost?

The course is fully funded for 16-18 year-olds.

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and Maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and Maths we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level Maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Culinary Skills Level 2 Full-time (Catering)

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