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Professional Bartending (Cocktails)

Course Code: APB

Level: 2
Subject area: Hospitality & Catering
Awarding body: QCF
Qualification: Award, City & Guilds
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Evening
Duration: Nine weeks
When you'll study: Tuesdays, 4.00pm - 9.00pm

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About the course

Would you like to work your way around the world working in various bars, clubs, and pubs? Do you want to learn how to be a top cocktail maker or mixologist, or maybe open your own licensed premises? City College Plymouth has worked with bar experts to develop this professional bartending course. It is a hands-on, practical course designed to develop skilled and experienced bartenders. Working behind a fully equipped training bar, you will learn how to use the correct equipment, accurately free pour and blend perfect cocktails. At the end of this course, you will be able to wow your customers with your expert skills!

What you'll learn

The course is designed to provide knowledge and skills training to professional bartenders working in the industry, and focuses on the eight following learning outcomes:

  • accurately free pour
  • select and use equipment
  • display cocktail making techniques
  • display knowledge of cocktail specifications
  • beers, wines and spirits preparation
  • prepare bar and deliver service
  • display knowledge of spirits
  • display knowledge of responsible serving of alcohol.

The course lasts for nine days and is a combination of practical skills training and taught sessions.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, candidates must have some vocational experience in drink service and should have some knowledge of bartending and cocktails.


Achievement of this course is assessed by the following:

  • short answer question paper
  • free pour test
  • drinks making and finding exercise.
Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

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: APB

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £300

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.