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Hospitality & Catering

Hospitality and Catering

We are the leading provider for cookery, food service, bakery and food manufacturing courses in Leicester and Leicestershire. 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.

William Leet

William Leet

Baking and Pastry Arts level 3

"I was passionate about the Bakery course and learnt so much from the lecturers. I went out on roadshows with lecturers and hosted tours of the campus for potential students. When I was at university, I even came back to the College to shadow the lecturer for work experience."

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Introduction to Cake Decorating – Fresh, Buttercream and Ganache – C8266

Course Code: C8266

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 29 Apr 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    2.5 hours per week
  • duration Duration 9 weeks
  • map Campus Ross Walk

This is a beginner's course and during this course you will learn how to work with buttercream, fresh cream and ganache. You will also learn different piping techniques. You will learn various techniques including creating flowers, basket weave and other designs.

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Introduction to Cake Decorating – Sugarpaste – C8276

Course Code: C8276

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 01 May 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    2.5 hours per week
  • duration Duration 9 weeks
  • map Campus Freemen's Park Campus

This is a beginner's course and during this course you will learn how to work with sugarpaste and icing to create cake toppers and make cake decorations. A fantastic way to perfect your cake decorating skills or learn a new technique. It will help you enhance your skills and impress your friends at the next tea party.

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Introduction to Cake Decorating – Sugarpaste – C8265

Course Code: C8265

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 02 May 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    2.5 hours per week
  • duration Duration 9 weeks
  • map Campus Ross Walk

This is a beginner's course and during this course you will learn how to work with sugarpaste and icing to create cake toppers and make cake decorations. The perfect course to learn how to make beautiful cake toppers. Impress your friends at your next tea party, with the best cake design on the menu.

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Certificate in Introduction to Culinary Skills Level 1 – C5391

Course Code: C5391

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 09 Sep 2024
  • 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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Certificate in Introduction to the Hospitality Industry Entry 3 – C7390

Course Code: C7390

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 09 Sep 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Freemen's Park Campus

Learn everything you need to know about food preparation, from artisan bread-making to tasty desserts. This course will teach you about producing quality fresh meals as well as important kitchen skills such as team-working and building up your knowledge of food hygiene and health and safety.

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Diploma in Food and Beverage Service level 2 – C2938

Course Code: C2938

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 09 Sep 2024
  • 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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Patisserie and Confectionery Diploma level 3 – C5389

Course Code: C5389

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 09 Sep 2024
  • 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 09 Sep 2024
  • 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 09 Sep 2024
  • 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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