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Hospitality and Catering

Course Code: AP2, AP3

Subject area: Hospitality & Catering
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: 15 months

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About the course

Do you want to train for a great job as a hotelier, hotel manager, chef or front of house supervisor in the hospitality industry? Our Apprenticeships in hospitality and catering at City College Plymouth are a great option whether you want to cater for guests at a prestigious hotel, organise a sumptuous banquet for a press launch or become a knowledgeable chef. If you are working in the industry, then you already like meeting new people, helping them out, working in a team, and seeing a satisfied customer at the end of the day. Our hospitality and catering Apprenticeships will give you the guidance and direction to help you progress in your vocational discipline to take the next step up your exciting career in hospitality or catering. Our advanced Apprenticeship in Hospitality and Catering could be for you if you like the challenge of creating sumptuous dishes for a wedding banquet, or are keen to oversee the arrangements for an important business conference. Whether you are looking to stretch your professional cookery talents or flex your managerial muscles our aim is to help you work towards your professional development. Your experiences at work will inform your studies and we can help you develop those relevant skills and training to match the role demanded of you. Both our hospitality and catering Apprenticeships involve working in a hospitality or catering setting, earning a wage or training allowance and completing a formal City & Guilds qualification as part of a wider Apprenticeship programme. The intermediate Apprenticeship is equivalent to five GCSEs and the advanced Apprenticeship is equivalent to A Levels.

What you'll learn

Each apprentice works towards an NVQ in their vocational discipline. Choices include:

  • Professional Cookery.
  • Front of House Reception.
  • Kitchen Services.
  • Hospitality Services.
  • Hospitality Supervision.
  • Food and Beverage Service.
  • Food Production and Cooking.

You will also work towards:

  • Functional Skills: application of number and communication.
  • Employers Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Personal Learning and thinking skills (PLTS) – Independent enquiry, creative thinking, reflective thinking, team working, self-management and effective participation.
Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship will be determined through completion of Functional Skills entry assessments with our Work-based Learning team and a vocational assessment carried out by the hospitality and catering team at the College. Usually, progression onto the advanced Apprenticeship is on completition of an intermediate qualification.


There will be a combination of direct observation of performance in the workplace and College realistic working environment areas, together with a portfolio of evidence for the unit end tests. Functional skills will be externally examined.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. All you have to do is complete and return an application form and our Work-based Learning Team will be in touch.