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.

Food and Drink Process Operator Advanced Apprenticeship

Course Code: P0219

Key Information

  • Start Date Various
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 48 months
  • Campus Offsite

The Food and Drink industry is an exciting place to be a maintenance engineer. World-class companies in the industry use some of the most innovative, modern and technically automated equipment available to manufacture a wide range of food and drink products for consumers. Companies employ mechanical and/or multi-skilled maintenance engineers according to the type of […]

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Food Industry Skills Diploma level 2

Course Code: C0410

Key Information

  • Start Date 02 Sep 2019
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Freemen's Park Campus

This course is for those that have gained a level 1 cookery qualification or have relevant experience as a professional chef/cook with the desire to develop their craft skills. The course will give you the required skills to progress into the food manufacturing or industrial catering environments. You will also complete work experience within a […]

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L1 NVQ Certificate in Hospitality

Course Code: C6194

Key Information

  • Start Date 02 Sep 2019
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Freemen's Park Campus

This course is designed for students who wish to enter the catering industry, ultimately working within a food production environment. The course will allow for the development of basic practical cooking skills and the understanding required for a higher course in college or for work in the food industry at operative level. You will complete […]

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L2 Technical Diploma in Bakery and Patisserie

Course Code: C6198

Key Information

  • Start Date 02 Sep 2019
  • 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 understanding and professional techniques so as to support […]

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L3 Advanced Technical Diploma for Professional Chefs

Course Code: C6196

Key Information

  • Start Date 02 Sep 2019
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Freemen's Park Campus

The course is designed for those who have a level 2 diploma in culinary skills 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 an […]

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L3 Diploma in Professional Patisserie and Confectionary

Course Code: C6199

Key Information

  • Start Date 02 Sep 2019
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Freemen's Park Campus

This course is designed for students who wish to enter the catering industry, ultimately working within a food production environment. The course will allow for the development of basic practical cooking skills and the understanding required for a higher-level course in college for work in the food industry at operative level. You will complete work […]

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Progress 8 Technical Award in Hospitality Year 10

Course Code: C6336

Key Information

  • Start Date 07 Sep 2019
  • Study Hours Part Time
    2.25 hours per week
  • Duration 2 years
  • Campus Freemen's Park Campus

This qualification provides the opportunity to gain a vocational qualification that gives a basic introduction to the sector. The level 2 award in Cookery and Food Service in the Hospitality Industry will help you take your first steps towards a career in the food industry. This course is part of the Progress 8 suite of […]

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