Introduction to the Hospitality Industry

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Qualification type: NVQ
Level: Level 1
Awarding body C&G
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 year
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

Fancy working in a dynamic industry with worldwide employment? Want to become the next celebrity chef or even run your own catering business?  This qualification will give you an insight into the types of jobs that are available within the catering and hospitality industry, from a professional chef and baker to working in front of house, as well as many other job opportunities within the hospitality industry. You will be able to visit different types of catering and hospitality outlets, restaurants, hotels as well as industrial catering sites.

*You will be required to participate in trips and visits which may incur costs which you be notified of in a timely manner.

The study programme will consist of (10) key elements which you will need to complete:

  • Main qualification – as above
  • Individual and group tutorial sessions
  • Development of English and mathematics. You will be required to undertake a formal qualification if you have not already achieved at Level 2.
  • Development of enterprise and employability skills.
Entry requirements

No formal qualifications are required, but a keen interest in this area is essential.

We will request a school or college report and all potentially suitable applicants will be invited for interview before being offered a place.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

Teaching and learning is achieved by using a range of methods including formal classes, set tutorial periods and workshops to support many of the unit assessments.

The provisional units planned are:

  • Introduction to the hospitality industry
  • Customer service in the hospitality industry
  • Food service
  • Introduction to healthy eating
  • Basic food preparation and cooking
  • Preparing and serving drinks
  • Introduction to pastry and cake preparation and cooking methods
  • Health and safety and food safety awareness in catering
  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Introduction to kitchen equipment
  • Introduction to food commodities

* These units may be subject to change and are only representative at this point, however we keep these as up to date as possible. You will be provided with a finalised full course overview at Connecting to College.

How will I be assessed

You will assessed by unit tasks and assignments as well as being observed within the restaurant. You will participate in a variety of practical workshops mainly based in a practical kitchen preparing, cooking and finishing various basic dishes.

This course is portfolio based with no formal end of year exam. However, theory sessions which include presentations, group projects and Functional Skills take place within a classroom environment. You will also work in the college restaurant, The Glasshouse, both in the kitchen and front of house serving the general public.

Things you may need

When working in a kitchen environment you must wear protective clothing by law.

A black blouse or shirt and black trousers will be required to work in the college restaurant.

Chef’s knives would be preferred, however, the college does provide basic knives at the beginning of the course.

The new text book may be required.

What next

You could progress from this course onto a Level 2 Commis Chef, Level 2 Baker, or Level 2 Hospitality Team Member Apprenticeship.


  • Bar person
  • Catering
  • Chef
  • Food processing operative
  • Kitchen assistant/Porter
Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

Fees and funding

This course is free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies.

If you are 19 - 23 years of age fees may apply. However help may be available. To see if you can receive any funding call our Student Services Team on 01325 503030.

Course fees are payable to Darlington College. Registration and membership fees may be payable. All course fees are per year.


What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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