Catering and Food Profession Entry Level

Course Information

  • Course Code: FS011
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: City and Guilds
  • Study Mode: Full time

If you want to enter the catering and food profession but do not have any prior experience, this course is ideal for you.

It will provide you with a great introduction to a wide range of study topics from basic food preparation and cooking to preparing and serving drinks.

You will gain experience of working in a professional kitchen working with your entry level classmates and the level 1 students so that you gain an understanding of the expectations of the level 1 students.  Upon success completion of the entry level you will be able to progress onto level 1.

In addition to working within our professional kitchen you will gain experience working at the College's restaurant Scholars, helping to prepare drinks and supporting the service areas.

You will also gain experience within the fields of bakery, pastry, food preparation and how to use kitchen equipment.

During the course you will visit King George's Hall to gain a behind the scenes view of a commercial establishment.  You will also visit the local Fire Station to develop an understanding of team working and Health & Safety.

You will be taught by highly experienced tutors who have a wealth of experience having worked in the most prestigious restaurants across the UK including St Mellion International Resort in Cornwall and Gleneagles, the world renown hotel group.


What will I study?

Throughout the year, you will study:-

  • Food service
  • Introduction to healthy eating
  • Basic food preparation and cooking
  • Preparing and serving drinks
  • Front office operations
  • Using kitchen equipment
  • Guest services in the hospitality industry.

Gain experience working within the College restaurant, Scholars and our professional kitchen.

You will take part in visits to King George's Hall to gain a view of a commercial establishment and visit the local Fire Station to gain an understanding of the importance of Health & Safety within the kitchen environment.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal requirements for this course, other than a passion for food.

You will need to attend an interview.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by multiple choice examinations and practical demonstrations.

What can I do next?

When you have completed this qualification you will be able to progress to the following:

Catering and Food Profession Level 1


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The catering and hospitality department are based in the Elizabeth Building and have practical training rooms for professional chefs, pastry chefs and bakers. We also have a real production kitchen that provides meals for Scholars restaurant and Café Central, which are staffed by students and open to the public on a daily basis.

Enrichment & Employability

We have a list of reputable local employers who we work closely with, including Blackburn Rovers FC, Northcote Manor, Mytton Fold Hotel and The Millstone at Mellor, where students are involved in match day and corporate hospitality events. A number of our students also work alongside enterpreneurs at the local market, learning how to develop their own business, and some have carried out workshops with The Wellbeing Farm to learn about food provenance and sustainability.

Students are encouraged to learn additional skills alongside their course such as healthy eating, knife skills, creating with sugar and take part in master-classes in Indian cuisine and cookery.

Many of our students also take part in local and national competitions such the ‘Young Chef of the Year’, ‘Let’s Go British’ and ‘North West Commis Chef of the Year’, which not only enhances your skills and competitiveness, but your attractiveness to employers in the future.

Blackburn College has brought many well-known chefs into the limelight – our renowned ex-students include:

  • Steve Smith, Head Chef, The Freemasons
  • Nigel Smith, TV chef, Restaurateur, Consultant
  • Jonathon Sharpe, Global Quality Assurance Director, Hilton Hotels
  • Peter Gardiner, General Manager Calder stones NHS hospital
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