Hospitality and Catering


Why should I study this subject?

If you love to cook and want to learn to make really skilful, delicious dishes then this is a course you will enjoy.

Through studying this course, you will investigate all businesses that provide food, beverages, and/or accommodation services. This includes restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars. It also includes airlines, tourist attractions, hospitals and sports venues.

According to the British Hospitality Association, hospitality and catering is Britain’s fourth largest industry and accounts for around 10% of the total workforce. Since 2010, over 25% of all new jobs have been within the hospitality and catering sector with the majority of new roles falling within the 18-24 age group.

What will I study?

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to develop your culinary skills by learning how to make fresh pasta, mastering different types of pastry, jointing chicken, filleting fish, baking breads and cakes just to name a few.

You will gain a fantastic understanding into health and nutrition, looking at how we can cater for special diets and keep people safe. It is then hoped you will be able to use the knowledge to develop your own menus and produce high quality dishes from these.

Finally, you will learn about the Hospitality and Catering industry, how restaurants and business work and run and the staff that are required to be effective.

How will I be assessed?

This course is split into two units.

Unit 1: The Hospitality and Catering Industry. This is assessed via a formal 90 minute exam and is worth 40% of the final grade.

Unit 2: Hospitality and Catering in action. This is assessed via a practical exam and a portfolio that details your ability to understand nutrition and menu planning. This is worth 60% of the final grade.

What skills will I learn?

As well as the vast list of culinary skills you will gain by completing this course, you will also develop many useful transferable skills for your studies and future employment. These are; the ability to problem solve, time management, to complete project work independently, to work alongside others in a professional environment.

What equipment will I need?

You will be required to purchase a school chef’s tunic and each week you will be expected to bring in your own ingredients so you can engage in the practical tasks.

How will this subject develop my sense of character and culture?

By taking this qualification, you will be encouraged to develop understanding that will allow you to become a discriminating consumer of food products, enabling you to participate in society in an active and informed manner.

You should have a greater understanding of the environmental factors which affect the inequalities in food distribution on a global scale and give you an understanding of the need to minimise ‘food waste’ starting with our own practice.

You will also explore a number of multicultural perspectives concerning food, enhancing your understanding, appreciation and acceptance of people from a variety of cultural backgrounds through the preparation of food from different countries.

Where can this subject take me?

If you wish to study food further there are a range of courses and routes open to you after competing this course. Doncaster college offer a range of level 2 and level 3 diplomas in Hospitality and Catering which can take you into employment or further training. The diplomas range in content from Professional Cookery to a more specific Patisserie and Confectionary.

Your teacher will be happy to share knowledge of linked professions with you.

Where can I find out more?

Course specific information such as specifications and future courses:

What other subjects would compliment my learning in this qualification?

The Curriculum Team

Mrs A Spotswood
Subject Leader of Food and Nutrition