Catering and Food Profession Level 1

Course Information

  • Course Code: FS021
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: City and Guilds
  • Study Mode: Full time
Overview

Catering and food profession is an exciting career path that's all about understanding food in particular how to prepare and cook food and how to serve your dishes.  You will gain experience of a wide range of study topics and work within a professional kitchen with your entry level classmates and work as a kitchen team.

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

You will develop and build your knowledge of a variety of cooking methods 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 work and Health & Safety.

Throughout your time at Blackburn College, you will benefit by undertaking 3 hours per week work placement on campus, which will  take place at the Café Central, The Bakery Shop, Larder and Bakery kitchens.

You will be taught by highly experienced tutors who have a wealth of knowledge and skills  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:- 

You will learn about:

  • Food service
  • Introduction to health eating
  • Food preparation
  • Learning a variety of cooking methods: steaming, boiling and stir-frying
  • Preparing and serving drinks
  • Food hygiene and safety
  • Front office operations
  • Using kitchen equipment
  • Guest services in the hospitality industry

You will be assessed by observations, projects and written or verbal questioning. There are no end of year or end of term exams.

Throughout your time at Blackburn College, your work will include a number of our departments, including the Café Central, The Bakery Shop, Larder and Bakery kitchens.

Entry Requirements

You will need to have completed the entry level qualification or equivalent.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by observations, projects and written or verbal questioning. There are no end of year or end of term exams.

Throughout your time at Blackburn College, your work will include a number of our departments, including the Café Central, The Bakery Shop, Larder and Bakery kitchens.

 

 

What can I do next?

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

Level 2 Food and Beverage Service

Level 2 Professional Cookery

Level 2 Patisserie and Confectionery

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Facilities

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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