Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ




Hospitality Course

Accelerated 1/2 Diploma in Professional Cookery/Diploma in Professional Food and Beverage Services Skills

The hospitality industry is a diverse sector that offers lots of job opportunities across the UK and internationally.  From an independent coffee shop to luxury hotels and cruise liners, the industry needs trained chefs and customer-focused front of house professionals to meet the growing demands of the sectors many employers.

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Is this course right for me?

This one year full-time course is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of all sectors of the hospitality and catering industry.

Hygiene and health and safety requirements:

  • All visible tattoos must be covered
  • All visible piercings must be removed
  • No jewellery allowed, except for a wedding band and one pair of stud earrings
  • Hair must be groomed and tied back

Eligibility (Level 2)

This course is available to learners that have the entry requirements for a level 1 programme but show the ability to work at a level 2 standard.  Successful completion of a practical assessment in the first 6 weeks will be required to assess ability to meet the skills requirements of the accelerated programme.  In instances where this assessment is not passed, learners will complete the level 1 programme.

  • Two GCSEs at grade D or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh
  • Good personal presentation and communication skills are required
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

The course is designed to give you an insight into the hospitality industry to allow you to progress to higher level study or into employment.

Units to be studied include:

Professional Cookery

  • Food safety in catering
  • Health and safety in catering
  • Nutritional and special diets in catering
  • Kitchen operations, costs and menu planning
  • Developing skills for employment in catering and hospitality industry
  • Prepare and cook:
    • Sauces, soups and stocks
    • vegetables and pulses
    • meat and offal
    • poultry
    • fish and shellfish
    • rice, pasta, grains and egg dishes
    • desserts and puddings
    • bakery products

Food and Beverage Service Skills

  • Legislation in food and beverage services
  • Principles of beverage and product knowledge
  • Serve hot beverages
  • Food and beverage service skills
  • Customer service
  • Maintain and deal with payments
You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Practical assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Practical examination
  • Written examination

Successful completion of this course and progression to a higher level programme could lead to a number of future career opportunities including: Junior Sous Chef, Kitchen Porter, Larder Chef, Food and Beverage Assistant, Head Chef, Sous Chef, Commis Chef, Pastry Chef, Trainee Manager, Chef de Partie.

Following successful completion of this course learners could look to progress to a higher level course at the College, seek an appropriate Apprenticeship or go directly into employment.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • You will need to bring your own device/laptop for this course, click here to find out more
  • Hospitality and Catering clothing - this includes the basics you will need during the course and into the future - £182/£186
  • Catering knife set - this includes the basics you will need during the course and into the future - £90
  • Optional cut resistant glove - £9
  • Hospitality and Catering Level 2 clothing - £71/£76
  • Additional Hospitality and Catering clothing and equipment may need to be purchased to supplement/replace existing
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • You will need to pay a £55 hospitality workshop fee each year before you start the Level 2 course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 13/05/2024
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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