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:
• Young people interested in a career in the hospitality and catering sector who intend, but are not yet ready, to access level 2 qualifications or a level 2 apprenticeship.
• Young people and adults, including those who have had a significant break from or disjointed experience of education, who wish to work in the hospitality and catering sector but need a grounding in the subject and an opportunity to develop more general workplace skills, usually over a one year period, before applying for work.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification provides a range of 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. 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 event planning, food service and portering and concierge duties) alongside generic employability skills (such as time-management and solving work-related problems)."
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 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 and career pathways 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 level 1, up to 2 years, before progressing to employment or to a level 2 qualification or apprenticeship.
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 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.