Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area
Qualification Grading Type
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 as well as bitesize English and maths units. They are designed to support progression to further learning and ultimately to work in hospitality and catering or other related sectors.
The employability skills and bitesize English and maths units are common across a number of qualifications, enabling easy transfer of credits between qualifications and supporting opportunities for cross-faculty working.
Rules of Combination
Learners must complete at least one unit from Group M – Mandatory worth a minimum of 1 credit and 5 further credits from Group M or Group 01 (Optional units - Hospitality and Catering).
Learners must complete at least one unit from Group M worth a minimum of 1 credit.
Customer Service in the Hospitality Industry
Health and Safety and Food Safety Awareness in Catering
Introduction to the Hospitality Industry
Learners may complete 3 or more credits from Group O1 – Optional Units: Hospitality and Catering.
Basic Food Preparation and Cooking
Digital Skills for Work
Food allergy and intolerance
Front Office Operations
Housekeeping and Guest Services
Introduction to Food Commodities
Meeting Special Dietary Needs
Portering and Concierge Duties
Prepare and Cook Fish for Basic Dishes
Prepare and Cook Meat for Basic Dishes
Prepare and Cook Vegetables for Basic Dishes
Preparing and Serving Drinks
What is the purpose of this qualification?
The purpose of this qualification is to develop learners' understanding and knowledge in hospitality and catering and to support progression to the next level of vocational learning in hospitality and catering or a related area. It is anticipated that this qualification will be of specific relevance to:
• unemployed adults needing to demonstrate their interest in and commitment to a particular vocational area to potential employers, particularly where further work-based training will be on offer.
• young people on traineeships who are working at level 1 and are seeking a short, focused qualification in the sector in which they wish to work/gain an apprenticeship, as part of the work preparation training element of a traineeship.
• learners of any age who have been disengaged with learning and need a short introduction at level 1 before progressing straight to a larger certificate or diploma at level 2.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification provides an introductory set of knowledge and skills, relevant to hospitality and catering. The choice of mandatory units includes:
• Introduction to the hospitality industry
• Customer service in the hospitality industry
• Health and safety and food safety awareness in catering
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 Award if they need only a small amount of focused learning in hospitality and catering before progressing to employment (with further training where possible) or to a Level 2 qualification, as illustrated in the target learner profiles provided above.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification could lead to an entry-level role in hospitality and catering such as kitchen porter, waiter, housekeeping assistant.
What are the progression options?
Learners can progress to a level 2 certificate or diploma in Hospitality and Catering, including level 2 qualifications such as Housekeeping, Hospitality Services, Food Service, Professional Cookery, Food and Beverage Service.
Progression & entry requirementsLearners 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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