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Hospitality & Catering

Oaklands can prepare you for an exciting career in the Hospitality and Catering industry.

We serve up a wide range of tasty Hospitality & Catering courses with a variety of qualifications and training to help you succeed in your chosen pathway, from operative to management. You will achieve your qualification by developing and practising skills, knowledge and understanding within The Stables, our fully-functioning state-of-the-art kitchen and restaurant on site.

Our Hospitality & Catering facilities are the only training kitchens of their type available in this part of Hertfordshire, capable of delivering courses up to the VRQ Level 3 in Advanced Professional Cookery as well as BTEC Level 3 in Hospitality.

All of our full time programmes include opportunities to support and enhance your learning so that you can achieve your goals and ambitions. Students enrol on a Study Programme which individualises their education whilst enhancing their employability skills. A Study programme is made up of four key elements which includes a main vocational qualification, the development of English and maths through the study of GCSE’s or Functional Skills, Work-related learning through work experience and Personal Development Reviews.

Find a course to suit you from the list below. If you get stuck, don’t worry, help is at hand just call us on 01727 737000 or email info@oaklands.ac.uk

VRQ L2 Diploma in Professional Cookery

This course is designed as a natural progression from VRQ level 1. It enables you to gain a professional grounding in preparation, cooking, plating and serving skills.. You will cover a wider range of skills needed to become a professional chef which include how to prepare, cook and present meat, offal, fish and shellfish to name a few. You will learn the importance of hygiene, food costing, menu and kitchen planning, nutrition and compatibility of flavors.

  • Full TimeFull time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • 2Full Level 2
  • SSt Albans Campus

This course is designed for those students who wish to gain a solid grounding in the practical cooking, preparation and serving skills required to become a chef or work in a self service restaurant. You will learn about ingredients and how to prepare, cook and present meat, fish, vegetables, pasta and rice dishes. You will learn the importance of hygiene and nutrition and compatibility of flavours. You will also be introduced to health and safety and food hygiene procedures.

  • Full TimeFull time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • 1Level 1
  • SSt Albans Campus

This course is designed for students who would like to get on the first rung of a career in catering. You will learn about aspects of food and cooking, practically and in theory classes. It will highlight the importance of hygiene, health and safety and team work. It will provide preparatory work towards gaining employment. You will go on a number of educational visits to support your study. You will be expected to undertake Mathematics and English as part of your study programme

  • Full TimeFull time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • EEntry Level
  • SSt Albans Campus

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.

  • Full TimeFull time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • 1Level 1
  • SSt Albans Campus