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Certificate in Introduction to the Hospitality Industry (Entry 3) - (Entry Level Hospital & Catering Starting January 2017)

The hospitality and catering industry is a young and vibrant sector. There is lots of night and weekend work, so you will need to be dedicated, enthusiastic and full of energy, you will also benefit from the added flexibility that working shifts can provide. This is one of the biggest industries in the country, spanning restaurants, hotels, cafes, bars and other catering providers. Public services, large companies and department stores all need canteen and catering staff too.


A foundation Level course that will give you a real taste into the hospitality industry and provide you with the basic cooking skills. You will learn softer skills such as personal social development, Functional Skills in Maths and English alongside customer service and basic food preparation and cooking. You will cover the following units:

  • Basic food preparation and cooking: - Vegetables, simple salads, fruit dishes, pasta and rice
  • How to use kitchen equipment
  • Basic meat preparation and fish preparation skills
  • Health & Safety
  • Food Safety


Hands on practical demonstrations and underpinning knowledge using a variety of teaching methods

Course Leader profiles

Cathy Rumsam

I have over 25 years of practical experience within this industry and have worked in a variety of catering establishments including: hotels, restaurants, hospitals and school meals. 

As an enthusiastic and experienced lecturer within Cuisine 1893, I strive to always keep a positive attitude and to inspire my learners to make the most of their opportunities and look to fully prepare them for their future careers in becoming competent chefs in the future.

I have been involved in an active teaching role for over 15 years and feel extremely passionate about my teaching and learning. Recently, I assisted and advised in the design, structure and set up of the state of the art Cuisine 1893.

I take great pride in facilitating my learners to achieve their full potential whilst studying this successful, innovative and thriving College.

Simon Taylor

I began my career at Calderdale College in November 2012 as a Catering Technician and recently joined the team as a Professional Chef Tutor. Prior to this I had set up and run a multi-site catering company in Sheffield, incorporating a coffee bar and cafe, outside catering arm and a franchise at a high end private members golf club.

After university, I worked for 5 years at Shugborough Hall (ancestral seat of the Earls of Lichfield) where I held various different positions including a stint as assistant butler. This experience was one of the best ways I could have imagined to further my knowledge of fine food and wine.

With a lifelong passion for culinary, it is a great pleasure to be involved with the next generation as they begin their own kitchen odyssey.

Entry Requirements

School leavers should aim for 4 GCSE passes. You will need to come to college for an interview.

Interview Process

Interviews will be held with the specialist tutor. You will be required to bring in any previous qualifications and experience. The interview process involves a formal interview as well as a quick skills test.

Questions & Answers

What will be studied?

You will be taught basic food preparation and cookery methods, food safety, customer service and the serving of food and drink. You will also be given an insight to the industry as well as routes of progression.

What makes the course special?

Along with carrying out the practical part of the course in the state of the art “Cuisine 1893” at Calderdale College, the qualification will meet the need of employers and provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skill to work in Industry.

Does the course lead to a qualification?

Entry Level 3 Certificate in Hospitality

How is the course assessed?

Assessment takes place throughout the course. Assessments include observation of practical activities in the kitchens and assignments to cover the underpinning knowledge

Are there any opportunities for progression?

This qualification will provide you with the skills to work in a professional kitchen. The ideal route would be to progress onto the VRQ Level 1 Award in Culinary Skills.

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Before Enrolment

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During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

Home Educated Young People

Young people aged 14-16 who are home educated can now access college courses free of charge to enhance their education. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available please contact the School Liaison Team on 01422 399332.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 11 hours
  • Days: Mon - Fri
  • Start Time: tbc
  • End Time: tbc
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course Fees: This course is free for students age 16 - 18. For students 19+ please contact our Student Services Team In most cases students aged 18 and under who wish to enrol on a further education course will have their fees waived. Students who are aged 19 and over and who wish to enrol on a course should contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for more information.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Creative Digital & Enterprise
  • Department Manager: Robin Smith


  • Level: Entry 3
  • Qualification Name: Certificate in Introduction to the Hospitality Industry (Entry 3)
  • Awarding Body: City and Guilds

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