Catering & Hospitality

The hospitality and catering sector offers a world of working opportunities in the UK – and abroad.

From luxury five star hotels like ‘Luton Hoo , Luton Airport, Centre Parcs holiday village, gastropubs to contract caterers, cafes to conference centers , hospitality and catering is one of the biggest employers in the region, and with a vast array of career opportunities, you’ll never be short of options.

If you have a passion for good food and service, if you enjoy being part of a team and working with the public, then hospitality and catering is for you.

Based at: New Bedford Road Campus

Why study with us?

Our Industrial standard hospitality and catering department features professional training kitchens with modern industry standard equipment, so you’ll be learning on the same type of facilities used in the workplace. We even have the Barnfield Brassiere and Café B, enabling you to gain valuable experience in a real work environment with real customers. Here, you’ll learn how to work under pressure as part of a team to run a busy commercial business, while developing your skills in the kitchen and front of house.

You’ll be guided through your course by highly experienced tutors; dedicated, skilled professionals who are passionate about passing on their knowledge and skills. Through their industry links, you will also benefit from inspiring talks, workshops and visiting guest speakers and external trips. Our previous students include Master Chef Finalist Stephen Barringer.

Potential destinations

Our full-time courses and apprenticeships are designed to help you move directly into an exciting, rewarding career in the hotel, catering and hospitality industries, or to go on to study at a higher or more specialised level.

Depending on the course you take, you could become a sous chef, chef de partie, team leader, conference manager, kitchen assistant, head waiter, head receptionist, front office manager, catering supervisor, housekeeper, or duty manager.

Or, if you’d like to work towards a further qualification or ongoing training, you could progress to a more senior role, such as head chef, food and beverage manager, general manager or perhaps start your own business.

Entry qualifications

  • GCSE level D or above and interview

Qualifications offered

  • VRQ Level 1 Professional Cookery
  • VRQ Level 2 Professional Cookery
  • NVQ Level 3 Patisserie and Confectionary


We expect our students to fully commit to their studies to ensure you develop the skills and confidence to place them at the leading edge of the industry.  Therefore, students must attend on time and exhibit the type of behaviour that employers would expect if working in their businesses.

Any other information?

Students will be required to purchase a uniform and kit.

Our Catering and Hospitality courses are a great way to gain the qualifications and experience you need to begin a successful career working either behind the scenes as a chef or front-of-house in a customer service role.

Catering and Hospitality courses are run from the The Retail Quarter. The Retail Quarter boasts our contemporary restaurant, The Brasserie, which is open at lunch time and for theme evenings throughout the year. The menu’s are designed, prepared and served by our students, supervised by our fully qualified tutors.

Whatever your previous qualifications and experience, we have a course suitable for you. We have a high success rate and many of our students have progressed onto prestigious roles in established restaurants.


For more information please contact Student Services on 01582 569569

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