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Introduction to the Hospitality Industry

Course Code: IHI

Level: 1
Subject area: Hospitality & Catering
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: City & Guilds, Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year
When you'll study: Four days a week, 9.00am - 4.00pm

About the course

Would you love to be a hotel worker, kitchen assistant, or chef? Do you have ambitions of a hospitality career? At City College Plymouth, this City & Guilds Introduction to Hospitality and Catering can be studied at entry level, level 1 or level 2. This training programme will give you a basic introduction to the hospitality and catering industry. Through practical work in our training kitchens and retail food outlets you will learn, develop and practice basic catering and food and beverage service skills. You will find out about food hygiene and safety, customer service and the importance of teamwork, and apply this within our busy restaurant and cafe environments.

What you'll learn

The main subjects taught include:

  • introduction to catering and hospitality industry
  • basic food production and cooking
  • serving food
  • food safety
  • preparing and serving dishes
  • introduction to healthy eating.

Your individualised study programme will be made up of the following four areas:

  • the qualification you are studying
  • English and maths
  • work experience
  • other activities to develop your personal skills e.g. preparing you for employment, training or higher/further education.
Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of three GCSEs grade 3-1 (D to F) to enrol on this course.


You will be assessed on all practical skills in the teaching kitchens and restaurant and will receive the full support of our teaching team in compiling your portfolio of knowledge.

What's next?

On successful completion you may progress to the Professional Chef or Professional Food and Beverage Service Diploma at the College, or employment in the industry via an Apprenticeship.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: IHI

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £750

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

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 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 A(Note: If you do not have a level 2 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.