Hospitality and catering

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.

Chefs Kitchen and Larder Professional Advanced Technical Diploma level 3

Course Code: C6196

Key Information

  • Start Date 07 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Freemen's Park Campus

The course is designed for those who have a level 2 Technical certificate in professional cookery or have relevant trade experience and want to develop their craft and supervisory skills. You will develop the practical skills in larder work, butchery, fishmongery and the presentation skills required to work in fine dining. You will also gain […]

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Hospitality Services Certificate level 1

Course Code: C6194

Key Information

  • Start Date 07 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Freemen's Park Campus

This course is designed to introduce you to the exciting opportunities in the food production environment of the Hospitality and Catering Industry. The course will allow for the development of your basic practical cooking skills, develop other core employability skills, develop your team building skills and the understanding required for a higher course in college, or […]

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Patisserie and Confectionary Professional Advanced Technical Diploma level 3

Course Code: C6199

Key Information

  • Start Date 07 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Freemen's Park Campus

This course is designed for those who have successfully completed a professional chef qualification at level 2 or have relevant trade experience and want to develop their craft. There are enrichment opportunities; including master classes from expert chocolatiers/pastry chefs, mini master class sessions from local pastry chefs and employment opportunities within one of our careers […]

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Patisserie and Confectionery Professional VRQ Certificate level 2

Course Code: C6198

Key Information

  • Start Date 07 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Freemen's Park Campus

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

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Professional Cookery Diploma level 2

Course Code: C7087

Key Information

  • Start Date 07 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • 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

Course Code: C6197

Key Information

  • Start Date 07 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • 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

Course Code: C6376

Key Information

  • Start Date 07 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Freemen's Park Campus

This course meets the needs of students who want to work as a supervisor in front-of-house within a hospitality environment. It allows you to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or higher education progression. You will be required to complete industry placement in a formal restaurant or hotel of equal standing to […]

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Food Manufacturing Sector Based Work Academy level 1

Course Code: C6914

Key Information

  • Start Date Various
  • Study Hours Part Time
    30 hours per week
  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Campus City Skills Centre

This is a four-week programme for anyone (19+) who is interested in working in the food production industry. The programme includes a wide range of learning opportunities that support you by achieving nationally recognised qualifications including Food Safety as well as other related employability skills to support your future career e.g. interview skills, CV writing […]

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Food Safety in Catering Award level 3

Course Code: C6802

Key Information

  • Start Date Various
  • Study Hours Part Time
    6 hours per week
  • Duration 1 week
  • Campus City Skills Centre

This is a supported online learning course that is available 50 weeks of the year (including non-term times). You will need to be committed to complete at least 6 hours of learning, which could be two whole days or split over a few days. Days and times to suit your personal commitments, and the learning […]

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