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Hospitality & Catering Courses

Hospitality and Catering

We are the leading provider for cookery, food service, bakery and food manufacturing courses in the East Midlands. When you study with us you train in fully-equipped kitchens, using industry standard equipment, to prepare and serve high quality meals in our fine dining restaurant.

Who are Leicester College’s Hospitality and Catering Courses for?

Our hospitality and catering courses are suitable for both school leavers as well as older people and/or those with a bit of experience in the industry already. The appropriate level for you will be decided based on your prior qualifications and work experience – many learners stay with us for two or more years to develop their skills to the required level for employment. If you are aged 16 to 19 and don’t yet have your English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above, these subjects will be an essential part of your study programme. All courses are designed to give you the skills and knowledge needed to work in the hospitality and catering industry.

Our courses are available from level 1 to level 3 in all aspects of hospitality and food manufacture including bakery. These courses help learners develop their practical skills as well as their knowledge of your chosen sector. All of our have a great deal of practical input, our cookery courses give you the practical skills honed in the training kitchens to prepare you to produce food to a fine dining level in our award winning Taste restaurant. Learners on food and beverage service courses are trained to the highest level in our fine dining restaurant and Zest our café bistro. We also have a state of the art food manufacturing suite which is equipped to deliver bespoke programmes on food manufacturing specialising in bakery.

Further Information

We have been awarded gold accreditation from the leading industry skills body, the Hospitality Guild, and we are also approved by the National Skills Academy in Food and Drink. Additionally, we are holders of an AA College Rosette, another coveted industry accreditation which rewards good practice in hospitality training.

All of our learners undertake work placements as part of their course – giving you even more real-world experience to prepare you for the workplace.

Samson Vas

Samson Vas

Diploma in Food Industry Skills

I did very little cooking before coming to Leicester College. The skills I have gained at the College have enabled me to get a dream job at Savoy Hotel in London.

I have to say thank you to all the tutors who have been really supportive and helped me gain confidence in my confidence as well as prepare me with strong skills to secure an exciting job.

Bakery and Patisserie Diploma Technical Certificate Level 2 – C5390

Course Code: C5390

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 01 Sep 2020
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Freemen's Park Campus

If you're looking to begin your journey towards becoming a professional pastry chef, this course will provide you with everything you need to get started. You will develop your basic pastry skills across bread, cakes and complex desserts, whilst building your knowledge of professional techniques and your understanding of the catering industry itself.

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Diploma in Food and Beverage Service Level 2 – C2938

Course Code: C2938

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 01 Sep 2020
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Freemen's Park Campus

If you’re looking for a career in front-of-house hospitality, this course provides a perfect overview of the practical skills and industry knowledge you will need to get started. Learn how to deliver a high level of service across a range of settings, so you can progress onto a higher level course or go on to employment in a professional setting at Junior level.

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Introduction to Professional Cookery Diploma Level 1 – C5391

Course Code: C5391

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 01 Sep 2020
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Freemen's Park Campus

Kick start your career in catering and hospitality with this hands-on course, teaching everything you need to know about food production. You will learn key cooking concepts, from baking fresh bread to making lasagne and pies, as well as the team-working skills and practical kitchen experience required for a job in this industry.

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Patisserie and Confectionery Diploma Level 3 – C5389

Course Code: C5389

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 01 Sep 2020
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Freemen's Park Campus

Take your next step towards becoming a qualified professional chef with this level 3 course specialising in patisserie, confectionery and other sweet treats. You will build on skills from the level 2 course with more advanced recipes including artisan bread and using coloured cocoa butter, helping further your experience for a career in the industry.

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Professional Advanced Technical Diploma in Professional Cookery Level 3 – C5388

Course Code: C5388

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 01 Sep 2020
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Freemen's Park Campus

Progressing from a level 2 technical certificate in professional cookery or experience in the trade, this course will help you develop your practical kitchen skills as well as supervision in the hospitality sector. Alongside expanding your kitchen skills, you will gain valuable experience in supervision and hospitality, through working in our award-winning Taste restaurant.

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Professional Cookery (Kitchen and Larder) VRQ Diploma Level 3 – C2937

Course Code: C2937

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 01 Sep 2020
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Freemen's Park Campus

If you’ve completed a professional chef qualification at level 2 or have experience in the trade, this is a great way to develop your expertise for a career in the industry. You will learn a range of kitchen skills including food safety and gastronomy as well as having enrichment opportunities with professional chefs and industry.

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Professional Cookery Diploma in Culinary Skills level 2 – C7087

Course Code: C7087

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 01 Sep 2020
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Freemen's Park Campus

This course is suitable for students who intend to start a career as a professional chef. The course will allow for the development of basic culinary skills but will progress quickly into the more technical aspects of the hospitality trade. There will be a focus placed on developing an understanding of professional techniques to support […]

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Professional Cookery Technical Certificate level 2 – C6197

Course Code: C6197

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 01 Sep 2020
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Freemen's Park Campus

This course is taught over one year and gives you a broad overview of the principles of cookery covering meat, fish, poultry, vegetables, vegetarian cuisine and desserts while producing food to restaurant standard. You will have the opportunity to cook in an award-winning restaurant. You will also gain the opportunity to serve freshly-prepared food. You […]

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Supervision in Food and Beverage Services Diploma level 3 – C6376

Course Code: C6376

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 01 Sep 2020
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Freemen's Park Campus

Build your skillset for a career in hospitality, food and drink, with this exciting front-of-house supervisor programme. You will learn all the key elements needed for a job in this industry, as well as having the opportunity to gain experience with paying customers at our on-site restaurant, alongside a range of high-profile external events.

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