Level 1 Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking

Hospitality and Catering

The course is a combination of skills sessions in our state of the art kitchen; class based theory lessons and work experience in our restaurant kitchen. The course has three mandatory units covering Food Safety, Health and Safety and Teamwork in Hospitality. You will also cover food production units covering vegetables, Salad, Fruit, Fish, Meat and Poultry, Sandwiches and Bread products.


  • Course code:


  • Subject area:

    Hospitality and Catering

  • Duration:

    1 Year

  • Venue:

    St Albans Campus

  • Start dates:


  • Fees*:


  • Awarding body:

    City & Guilds of London Institute

About the department

The dynamic and fast paced catering & hospitality industry employs over two million people.

We serve up a wide choice of tasty courses for the hospitality and catering industry. A full-time course of specialist vocational study could lead you into a career with exciting and challenging prospects, with opportunities at all levels.

Our Hospitality & Catering Department comprises a group of teaching staff with an extensive range of excellent industry experience, including working in Michelin rated establishments, Directors Dining Rooms and five star hotels.

Important Course Information

What are the Course Requirements?

No formal entry requirements.

You should have a genuine interest in cooking and want to develop your skills in this area. We use a real working restaurant within the college to help you build your skills for the vocational demands of being a chef.

You will learn the basic concepts of working in a commercial kitchen and with working with different food commodities. You will also gain a theoretical and practical understanding of key concepts linked to food safety and hygiene that are required for working in the industry.

You will be assessed through observation of your skills in the restaurant and skills kitchen sessions. You will also have multiple choice tests on all units that you cover.

You will gain an NVQ in Hospitality Services. You will gain a Functional Skills qualification in Maths or English. You will also gain a basic food hygiene qualification which is a requirement for working in the industry. You will need to have specialist clothing and knives at a cost of approx 110 pounds. There is also a charge for materials, food and visits etc of approx 90 pounds.

You will have gained suitable skills to work at a basic level in many kitchens locally and nationally. There is the option of a Level 2 NVQ Professional Cookery for those who wish to progress further with their studies into the subject.


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  • 16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.
  • For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.
  • Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.
  • All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.