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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.

Sunny Patel

Sunny Patel

Professional Cookery level 3

Doing 3 years at Leicester college has had a massive influence on my career. I have embraced all the skills and knowledge I picked up from mentors and lecturers in the college and I still use them in my day-to-day job working as a chef.

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Certificate in Culinary Skills level 2 – C8183

Course Code: C8183

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

Think you've got what it takes to stand the heat of the kitchen and become a chef? First you'll need to prove it by learning and then demonstrating the foundational and technical food skills that will begin to form the basis of your professional abiliities.

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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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Diploma in Patisserie and Confectionery Skills Level 2 – C8182

Course Code: C8182

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

For those who want a career in professional pastry. Develop basic pastry skills and professional techniques used in a professional kitchen. Alongside assignments, master classes from expert chocolatiers/pastry chefs and local pastry chefs and employment opportunities within one of our careers fairs, students also gain experience through work experience in a pastry kitchen.

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Food and Beverage Supervision Diploma level 3 – C8293

Course Code: C8293

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 09 Sep 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 26 weeks
  • map Campus Freemen's Park Campus

Already have experience of the hospitality and catering industry and ready for a new challenge? Work great with a team? This course has been created for those who want to step into the role of front-of-house service supervision, and work with, co-ordinate and manage a team of bar and restaurant staff.

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Introduction to Cake Decorating – Sugarpaste – C8283

Course Code: C8283

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 09 Sep 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    2.5 hours per week
  • duration Duration 9 weeks
  • map Campus Ross Walk

Through this short course course learn the basics from preparation and hygiene in the kitchen to the correct tools and techniques needed for cake decorating. By the end you will be planning and designing your own cake.

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Introduction to Culinary Skills Level 1 Award – C8184

Course Code: C8184

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

Attention all foodies Want to know more about the oppurtunities waiting for you in the Hospitality and Catering industry? This course can help you learn or develop your basic food skills and is the first step in becoming a qualified food operative.

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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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