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This qualification is being withdrawn
The operational end date (last date for new starts) of this qualification is 31/07/2021 and the certification end date is 31/07/2022.

Key Facts

Level:
Entry Level 3
Subject Sector:
7.4 Hospitality and Catering
Credits:
37
Qualification No:
600/8838/2
GLH:
314 hours
Total qualification time:
370 hours
Price:
£126.50 per learner
Age Range:
Pre 16, 16-18, 19+

Qualification purpose

Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area

Qualification Grading Type

Pass

Assessment Methods

  • Portfolio of Evidence

  • Why choose this qualification?

    These qualifications are intended to provide learners with a broad introduction to the hospitality and catering sector, equipping learners with underpinning knowledge and skills specific to the sector alongside a range of transferable employability skills. They are designed to support progression to further learning and ultimately to work in hospitality and catering or other related sectors.

    The Skills for Hospitality and Catering qualifications form part of our Suite of Skills qualifications that cover a number of sectors and are available at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2. The employability skills units are common across the suite, enabling easy transfer of credits between qualifications and supporting opportunities for cross-faculty working.

    The qualifications have been developed with the support of a number of further education colleges, training providers and adult and community learning providers. They have been designed to be consistent with the principles for study programmes for 16-19 year olds but are also relevant, particularly in the case of the smaller qualifications, for adults including the unemployed. These qualifications are also suitable for pre 16 learners.

    Changes to our “Skills for…” qualifications

    The recent review of our Vocational qualifications has resulted in the decision to withdraw the Entry Level Diploma in the Skills for Hospitality and Catering (Entry 3) qualification. The Operational End Date of the qualification will be the 31/07/2021 and the Certification End Date will be the 31/07/2022. The E3 Diploma qualification specification covers just this qualification until it’s withdrawal.

    Please refer to the new Skills for Hospitality and Catering qualification specification for further details of our updated E3 to L1 Skills for Hospitality and Catering qualifications.

    Rules of Combination

    Learners must complete the three mandatory units from Group M, totalling 4 credits. In addition, they must complete a minimum of 16 credits from Group O1 (Optional units: Hospitality) and 17 further credits from either Group O1 or Group O2 (Optional units: Employability Skills). Learners cannot include more than one unit with the same or similar title. For full details see list of barred units.


    Units

    Optional Units: Hospitality

    A minimum of 16 credits must be completed from this group.

    Basic Cooking

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    Y/502/4808
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    Basic Food Preparation

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    J/600/0711
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    Basic Food Preparation and Cooking

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    K/502/5042
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    Bookings, Orders and Payments

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    J/504/7629
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    Displaying Merchandise

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    Y/504/7604
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    Event Planning

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    A/504/7630
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    Food Service

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    K/502/4957
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    Front Office Operations

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    K/502/5073
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    Guest Services in the Hospitality Industry

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    K/600/1091
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    Handling Cash Payments

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    D/504/7605
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    Handling Money in a Sales Situation

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    H/504/7606
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    Housekeeping and Guest Services

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    A/600/1094
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    Introduction to Food Commodities

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    10
    Credits:
    1
    Unit No:
    A/502/5059
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    Meeting Special Dietary Needs

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    F/504/7659
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    Menu Planning

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    F/504/7631
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    Planning a Healthy Diet

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/504/7640
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    Planning a Healthy Diet

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    K/504/7641
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    Portering and Concierge Duties

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    J/504/7632
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    Preparing and Serving Drinks

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/502/5051
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    Serving Food and Drink

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    F/502/4835
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    Sustainability in Hospitality

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    L/504/7633
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    Using Kitchen Equipment

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    T/504/7657
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    Working with Food in a Retail Environment

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    R/504/7620
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    Mandatory

    A minimum of 4 credits must be completed from this group.

    Customer Service in the Hospitality Industry

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    10
    Credits:
    1
    Unit No:
    D/502/4874
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    Food Hygiene and Safety

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    Y/504/8039
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    Introduction to the Hospitality Industry

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    10
    Credits:
    1
    Unit No:
    A/502/4834
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    Optional Units: Employability

    A maximum of 17 credits may be completed from this group.

    Applying for a Job

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    10
    Credits:
    1
    Unit No:
    H/503/2832
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    Applying for a Job

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    10
    Credits:
    1
    Unit No:
    J/503/2807
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    Assessing own Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    8
    Credits:
    1
    Unit No:
    J/504/6268
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    Assessing own Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    8
    Credits:
    1
    Unit No:
    F/504/6267
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    Building Working Relationships with Colleagues

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    D/503/2845
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    Career Planning

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    M/506/3484
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    Career Planning

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    R/506/6460
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    Career Progression

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    10
    Credits:
    1
    Unit No:
    R/503/2812
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    Career Progression

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    F/503/2837
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    Conduct at Work

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    10
    Credits:
    1
    Unit No:
    Y/503/2813
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    Effective Communication in the Workplace

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    Y/504/6310
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    Effective Communication in the Workplace

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    D/504/6311
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    Effectiveness at Work

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    Y/506/6461
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    Effectiveness at Work

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    16
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    R/506/3493
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    Exploring Entrepreneurship

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    F/504/6320
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    Exploring Entrepreneurship

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    L/504/6319
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    Exploring and Presenting Enterprise Ideas

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    25
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    J/504/6321
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    Exploring and Presenting Enterprise Ideas

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    25
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/504/6322
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    Health and Safety in the Workplace

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    16
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    F/506/3487
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    Health and Safety in the Workplace

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    16
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/506/6463
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    Interview Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    10
    Credits:
    1
    Unit No:
    M/503/2834
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    Interview Skills

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    10
    Credits:
    1
    Unit No:
    R/503/2809
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    Introduction to Self-Employment

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    22
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    F/504/7662
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    Introduction to Self-Employment

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    25
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    Y/504/6324
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    Learning from Work Placement

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    10
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    J/503/2855
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    Learning from Work Placement

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    10
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    A/503/2822
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    Positive Attitudes and Behaviours at Work

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    10
    Credits:
    1
    Unit No:
    L/503/2842
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    Preparing for Work Placement

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    10
    Credits:
    1
    Unit No:
    T/503/2821
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    Preparing for Work Placement

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    10
    Credits:
    1
    Unit No:
    F/503/2854
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    Preparing for an Interview

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    10
    Credits:
    1
    Unit No:
    L/503/2808
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    Preparing for an Interview

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    10
    Credits:
    1
    Unit No:
    K/503/2833
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    Searching for a Job

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    10
    Credits:
    1
    Unit No:
    F/503/2806
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    Searching for a Job

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    10
    Credits:
    1
    Unit No:
    D/503/2831
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    Setting and Meeting Targets at Work

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    T/503/2849
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    Skills for Creative Thinkers

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/504/6262
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    Skills for Creative Thinkers

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    J/504/6299
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    Skills for Effective Participants

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    A/504/6249
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    Skills for Effective Participants

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    Y/504/6260
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    Skills for Independent Enquirers

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    T/504/6248
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    Skills for Independent Enquirers

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    D/504/6258
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    Skills for Reflective Learners

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    A/504/6915
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    Skills for Reflective Learners

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    F/504/6902
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    Skills for Self Managers

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    K/504/6246
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    Skills for Self Managers

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    J/504/6254
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    Skills for Team Workers

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/504/6245
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    Skills for Team Workers

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    A/504/6252
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    Solving Work-related Problems

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    K/503/2850
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    Solving Work-related Problems

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    T/503/2818
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    Time Management

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    K/504/6327
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    Using ICT in the Workplace

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    25
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    A/504/6316
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    Using ICT in the Workplace

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    25
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    F/504/6317
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    Using Numeracy Skills in the Workplace

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    K/504/6313
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    Using Numeracy Skills in the Workplace

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    M/504/6314
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    Working in a Team

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    R/503/2843
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    Working in a Team

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    D/503/2814
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    Working with Colleagues

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/504/6309
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    What is the purpose of this qualification?

    This qualification provides a wide range of basic, introductory skills, as well as core knowledge, relevant to hospitality and catering, alongside generic employability skills which are needed both in the hospitality and catering sector and across other sectors. It is anticipated that this qualification will be of specific relevance to:
    • Young people interested in a career in the hospitality and catering sector who intend to access level 1 qualifications but will need a fairly extensive learning programme before they are ready to do so
    • Young people and adults with little or no prior attainment, including those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, who wish to work in the hospitality and catering sector but need a fairly extensive grounding in the subject and an opportunity to develop more general workplace skills, over an extended period of time, before applying for work


    What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?

    Mandatory units include:
    • Introduction to the hospitality industry
    • Customer service in the hospitality industry
    • Food hygiene and safety
    Optional units include knowledge and skills relevant to different job roles in the sector (such as guest services, basic food preparation, serving food and drink) alongside generic employability skills (such as self-management skills and working in at team).


    How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?

    This qualification is part of a suite which includes an Award, Certificate and Diploma. Learners should take the Diploma if before progressing to employment (with further training where possible) or to a Level 1 qualification, they need an extended introduction to the sector including the opportunity to build up a range of skills and knowledge, explore a number of potential job roles in the sector, and gain a set of more generic workplace skills. The Diploma will be suitable for learners who would benefit from an extended period of time working at Entry level, up to 2 years, before they are ready for Level 1.


    Which sector does this qualification support?

    This qualification could lead to an entry-level role in hospitality and catering such as porter, housekeeping assistant, kitchen assistant.


    What are the progression options?

    Learners can progress to a Level 1 certificate or diploma in Hospitality and Catering, including Gateway Qualifications’ Level 1 Certificate and Diploma in Skills for Hospitality and Catering.


    Progression & Entry Requirements

    Learners do not need any prior qualifications or a specific level of attainment to take this qualification. It is available to learners of any age.

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