Catering and The Food Profession Level 1

Course Information

  • Course Code: FS001
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Validated by: City and Guilds

The catering and hospitality industry is diverse, providing meals and snacks for millions of people every day. The content of this qualification is underpinned by the belief that to work as a successful chef in the catering industry it is essential to have a good foundation in a wide range of high quality cooking skills and to be able to apply them across a range of catering contexts. In addition, you will be actively involved in the running of Cafe Central, one of the campuses vibrant cafes.

What will I study?

To achieve the Certificate in Professional Cookery candidates must complete all twelve units. Candidates will also receive a Certificate of unit credit for each completed unit. You will study units such as:-

  • Food Safety in Catering
  • Health and safety awareness for catering and hospitality
  • Introduction to healthier foods and special diets
  • Prepare and cook food by boiling, poaching, steaming, stewing and braising
  • Prepare and cook food by baking, roasting, grilling, deep frying and shallow frying
  • Food and beverage service
Entry Requirements

This qualification is a good follow up to those who have completed the Entry Level qualification or equivalent. 

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed using the following methods:-

  • Observation
  • Projects
  • Questioning (this could be verbal or written).
What can I do next?

You could go on to study a Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Professional Cookery, or you could seek employment as a Food Service staff member.

Your Study Programme

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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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