Hospitality & Catering (Food)

Title of qualification achieved at the end of the courseHospitality and Catering (Food), Level 1-2 Award (Equivalent to a GCSE) (WJEC)                 

What will you learn/How will you be taught?

The course structure is 60% coursework and 40% examination (at the end of Year 10, with potential resit in Year 11, 1 hour 30 minutes.

The lessons are structured as follows (per fortnight):

3 lessons of theory (homework set during these lessons, one per week);

2 lessons of Extended Project (coursework preparation lessons);

1 demonstration lesson;

2 lessons of practical-based activities where you will learn a range of preparation and cooking skills.

Unit 1: The Hospitality and Catering Industry. Learn about the hospitality and catering industry, the types of hospitality and catering providers and about working in the industry. Learn about health and safety, and food safety in hospitality and catering, as well as food related causes of ill health.

Unit 2: Hospitality and Catering in action. Learn about the importance of nutrition and how cooking methods can impact on nutritional value. Learn how to plan nutritious menus as well as factors which affect menu planning. You will learn the skills and techniques needed to prepare, cook and present dishes as well as learning how to review your work effectively.

Within the theory lessons students will be learning Hospitality and Catering subject content ready for the examination at the end of the academic year. Students will learn the information for the course through discussions, revision, note taking and answering questions based on the lesson. At the end of each topic they will have an assessment to see how well they have learnt that topic.

We also get professional chefs to come into school within single lessons demonstrating skills through filleting a range of fish, butchering a whole chicken and how to use all the pieces in dishes and professional presentation skills with desserts and sauce patterns. 

Throughout Year 10 you will develop the necessary skills to be able to complete your coursework to a high standard.

Skills you will develop: Communication, confidence, learning independently, organisation, problem solving,
research, self-discipline, stamina, taking on responsibility, time management.

Why study this subject?

The WJEC Level 1-2 Hospitality and Catering course will be great for students who are looking to work within the catering industry, alongside the vast range of life skills on healthy eating, food nutrition and cooking skills. When working in hospitality and catering, you will have a clear understanding of what you will need to grow within the business. If you’re aiming for a management position, to be a head chef, or perhaps even run your own catering business, the path to these roles are always clear and attainable with hard work and dedication. The hospitality industry offers a wide range of exciting opportunities which includes: Chef de partie, commis chef, concierge, executive chef, front of house manager, head waiter, housekeeper, Maître d’hôte, pastry chef, receptionist, Sous chef.

Ever wondered what it takes to work in a top hotel or restaurant? Does food and discovering new flavours in the kitchen inspire you? Maybe you’re interested in developing the skills you need to work front of house? If so, it’s time to uncover your potential with a career in the Hospitality and Catering Industry

You could end up running your own hotel or you could manage the running of a visitor attraction, like an amusement park; you might go into the tourism sector or work in events; you could even work in marketing or go into the leisure industry. If you study catering, you might start off with your own market stall and then move on to a pop-up restaurant, and then eventually set-up a permanent restaurant or a chain. Alternatively, you could become a chef. You will have a great avenue for showcasing your creativity within Food, if you want to show your flair for food on a large scale, this is easily obtainable as a caterer. You’ll also develop a range of transferable skills upon completion of your course that will make you well suited to a range of other careers.