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Barista Skills

Course Code: BSK

Level: 2
Subject area: Hospitality & Catering
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Award, City & Guilds
Course type: Short course
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Three days
When you'll study: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9.00am - 5.00pm

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About the course

Do you want to become a coffee barista? The art of coffee-making is a respected craft in Italy, where Baristas, its master craftsmen and women, combine their skills, knowledge, and artistry to prepare the perfect shot of espresso. This short course is delivered over two and a half days at City College Plymouth, leading to a City & Guilds Barista Skills qualification. The course will train you on how to select the best coffee beans, to grind, tamp and pour top-notch espresso-based drinks in style to keep your customers happy and coming back for more.

What you'll learn

The course provides an introduction to products used in making beverages, where they come from, and some of the processes they go through, from growing to the final drink. The course looks at the range of equipment, safety aspects and how to operate the equipment to deliver the desired drink quality. It aims to bring together the knowledge and skills acquired to produce good quality drinks consistently. The course also covers the importance of presenting a positive personal image and the use of effective communication techniques. At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • demonstrate product knowledge
  • clean and check equipment
  • display drink building techniques
  • serve customers.
Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


A practical assignment and a short answer question test.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to progress to other hospitality and catering courses at the College.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2017/18 (August 2017 – July 2018). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2018/19.

Short course

Course Code: BSK

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £150

B Reduced Course Fee (for eligible students): £0

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 A  or   B
19 - 23 A  or   B(Note: If you do not have a level 2 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ A  or   B

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.