Course starts: September 2019

Age groups

16-18, 19+, Skills for Life

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Are you interested in a career in Hospitality?

Our Vocational Hospitality course offers training for young people and adults who are ready to start or progress in their careers. It is ideal for those who have had a significant break or disjointed experience of education, who wish to work in the hospitality sector but need a grounding in the subject and an opportunity to develop more general employability skills.

The Level 1 course covers all the essential criteria required for a career in hospitality, whilst our Level 2 qualification provides learners the opportunity to undertake an apprenticeship or further enhance their CV for the retail workspace.

You will explore a wide range of transferable technical skills and theoretical concepts to support your progression. As part of your course, you will also undertake a week’s work experience in a café or restaurant to put into practice what you have been taught.

Course objectives

A Certificate in Hospitality is for anyone new to hospitality work. You probably won’t have any experience. You might still be at school or college. You don’t need a job or work placement to take this qualification but it is a general qualification that will support you in moving into the industry:

  • Understand the core principles of the hospitality market
  • Develop your knowledge in food preparation, dietary requirements and event planning
  • Enhance your food preparation and cooking skills

Course details

Course duration


1 year – Level 1

2 year – Level 2

Delivered on:

16 hours per week

Please contact the Skills for Life department for more information


  • Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Hospitality and Catering
  • Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Hospitality and Catering

Entry requirements

Students will need to have studied an Entry 3 qualification in any subject and provide evidence of this.

Teaching team

Mark Snow (Course Leader)


Modules may include:

  • Introductory to the hospitality industry
  • Work experience
  • Event Planning
  • Displaying merchandise
  • Guest services in the hospitality industry
  • Handling cash payments
  • Basic food preparation and cooking
  • Serving food and drink
  • Sustainability in hospitality
  • Menu planning
  • Planning a healthy diet
  • Working with food in a retail environment
  • Food service
  • Planning a healthy diet
  • Portering and concierge duties
  • Preparing and serving drinks
  • Meeting special dietary needs
  • Handling money in a sales situation
  • Front office operations
  • Basic cooking
  • Bookings, orders and payments
  • Housekeeping and guest services
  • Introduction to food commodities

Assessment and exam information

Portfolio and work placements assessments and observations.

Career and progression

Work experience

Students will undertake a week’s placement during the academic year.

Enrichment opportunities

You will take part in a wide range of activities such as cooking, art activities. You will also be able to take part in other activities, both on and off the college site like sports, trips and visits.

Learner progression

Students can progress on to a Level 2 or level 3 qualification in hospitality depending on what level you achieve.

Your career

After completing these qualifications, you could move onto a related Level 2/3 qualification or start an Apprenticeship or seek paid employment.

Possible careers include:

  • Hotel receptionist
  • Room attendant
  • Chef
  • Waiter or Waitress

Fee information

Course costs

The course is free for 16-18 year olds and students over 19 with an EHCP

Additional costs

Students will be expected to make a contribution towards cooking, trips out into the community or any equipment that maybe needed. Approximately £50.00 to £100.00.

Funding and bursaries

Students aged over 19, you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information you can email info@totton.ac.uk or call 023 8087 4874

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

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