Hospitality and professional cookery

A career in hospitality and professional cookery can be demanding and fast-paced, and that is exactly what makes it one of the most exciting industries to work in.

About our hospitality and professional cookery programmes

In one of the fastest growing sectors in the world, competition can be fierce, but the rewards can be excellent. Put yourself ahead of the pack with our industry-recognised and accredited programmes.

Study with us and get immersed in the industry from day one:

  • learn and train in our industry standard kitchens and facilities, serving paying customers at our caf├ęs and restaurants
  • get experience of the breadth of catering; from barista service to five-course fine dining
  • develop skills in menu design, food preparation and front of house service, together with an understanding of essential health and safety regulations

On top of all that, we add in other experiences and opportunities to help you get ahead in your career, including: 

  • work alongside experienced chefs on live projects
  • the opportunity to compete in regional and national food competitions
  • catering for big events, including awards dinners and functions

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What is a career pathway?

Education takes time and money. By giving you a clear view of what qualifications you need to get the job and the salary that you want, we take the stress out of learning.

Our career pathway maps show you the entry requirements for each qualification and how long they take to achieve. With each new qualification, you have the option to continue studying at the next level or explore your employment options with a guide to the jobs and salaries you can expect at that stage. Each step of the way, our career advisors are there to help you make the right choice for you.

By focusing on your future employability and opportunities, we hope to inspire in you the drive to succeed and make the most of your investment in education. 95% of students that completed a course with us progressed directly into employment or onto higher-level learning such as a higher-level course, apprenticeship or university study.*
*AL destination data for 16-19 year olds

While the right qualifications can get you a job interview, it’s the attributes that we teach alongside your chosen programme that will get you the job. Click here to find out more about our Attributes and Learning Philosophy.


Our aim is to equip you to be successful in the job market,

whether you are heading for a job straight after your time at

college, plan to take a university-level programme first or are

already working in a part-time job.

What could my future job look like?

Here are some examples of roles and their associated tasks:

  • Sous chef: run a commercial kitchen, preparing food and ensuring procedures are followed by staff.
  • Chef de partie: prepare one or more types of food in a kitchen environment, working under directions from a chef.
  • Head chef: create menus for a restaurant, cafeteria or catering establishment, managing the kitchen, monitoring costs and training staff in processes needed.
  • Restaurant manager: run a restaurant, including hiring staff, schedule rotas, manage bookings and monitor budgets.


The hospitality and professional cookery industry

The hospitality industry is the fourth biggest employer in the UK, accounting for 3.2 million jobs through direct employment and a further 2.8 million indirectly.

To succeed in hospitality and catering, you will need to be committed, resilient, understand that you won’t be working a traditional ‘nine to five’ role and have customer service at the core of everything you do. Professions range across chefs, bakers, pastry chefs and confectioners to bar, restaurant and catering managers.

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Industry partnerships

We work in partnership with local employers, including experienced chefs who set up live projects, and large organisations who provide award winners and functions - an ideal opportunity for students to gain skills and confidence.