Catering offers a creative, exciting and fast- paced environment which provides the essential ingredients for success. We have modern and well-resourced kitchens, which enable learners to perfect their culinary skills whilst under the supervision of our expert lecturers, who have years of industry experience. We offer a fine dining experience in our commercial restaurant which has gained excellent Trip Advisor reviews. We encourage our learners to participate in a range of projects, to gain an insight into the industry, obtain advice on setting up food businesses and explore future prospects. We have a partnership with Aston Villa Catering Club and our students have managed pop-up street food stalls for popular venues such as Digbeth Dining Club. We also have links with prominent hotels, such as the easy-care, Holiday Inn and the Burlington Hotel. We aim to give you the cooking skills to be able to gain employment with Michelin star restaurants along with hotels and high street brands. We also have a lot of links with employers across Birmingham to give you real work experience in a range of restaurants and food facilities. You will also learn how the kitchen links with the front of house, gaining valuable, practical experience in our professional restaurant Karibunis, offering themed evenings to customers on Thursdays. All dates will be given to you at the start of your course. The different ways in which the college could support your learning include: Structured work-experience or work placements Your attendance at classes or lectures given by industry experts Employers input into projects and exercises Employers who act as 'expert witnesses' to contribute to the assessment of your work. This maybe on occasions outside of your college timetable We also benefit from our excellent partnerships with local and national hospitality and catering establishments. We urge our students to participate in national competitions and events
The qualification covers all the core skills you will need to progress to further learning and training or enter the world of work within the catering profession – You will study the following mandatory content.
• Safe working practices for the hospitality industry
• How knives, tools and equipment are used in professional kitchens
• Boiling, poaching and steaming
• Stewing and braising
• Baking, roasting and grilling
• Deep frying and shallow frying
• Producing cold food products Theory assessments are set by City and Guilds and students will be notified when the date is published.
GCSE grade 3/D or above in English language* Level 1 or above in Functional skills English* * If you do not have evidence of a recognised English qualification you will undertake an Initial Assessment at the start of your course to support you appropriately.
You could progress into employment, whether this would be working in a hotel, restaurant or starting your own business.
You could progress onto further studies by taking other qualifications at Level 3.
Other career opportunities could include:
• Armed Forces
• Commis Chef
• Kitchen Assistant With a variety of employers, such as:
• Contract caterers