Students work in groups of 2 or 3 alongside our trained chef in order to achieve a Level 1AQA in Catering.

Course Overview

Our commercial kitchen and community café, Wilson’s is a perfect place to learn everything about the food, beverage and catering industry. Gain skills in food preparation, cooking, front of house and customer service and gain valuable experience working in our community café as well as gaining skills for living independently.  Participate in social and corporate events and learn about health, hygiene, and all of the importance of good nutrition. The experience is intended for people with an interest and enthusiasm for preparing and cooking food for themselves, friends and family or serving food and drink in the Hospitality Industry. Learners will attend for a minimum of one full day per week developing a variety of skills based on industry standards. You will be provided with the business uniform to be worn throughout service. You will go on numerous trips to gain the opportunity to visit other industry environments expanding your knowledge and experience.  You will have opportunities during your programme to attend external industry placements (where appropriate).

The unit award and qualification is portfolio based and practical in activity and has a selection of mandatory units such as Health & Safety, Customer Service and Equality & Diversity and contains several vocational units focused on the industry standards from Entry Level – Level 1:

  • Food Service
  • Health and Safety and Food Safety Awareness in Catering
  • Introduction to Food Commodities
  • Making and Storing Baked Products
  • Prepare and Cook Fruit and Vegetables
  • Preparing and Serving Drinks
  • Prepare and Cook Fish, Meat and Poultry
  • Using Kitchen Equipment

A Typical Day at Wilson’s Cafe

Arrival             09:15-09.30     Plan service for the day ahead
Session 1         09:30-10:30    Food preparation
Break               10:30-10.45     Quick snack and drink
Session 2         10.45-12:00     Cook and serve
Lunch              12:00-13:00    Lunch break
Session 3         13:00-15:30    Clean down and record keeping for environmental health standards.

*There will be some unsociable hours for those entering the world of work and for events this is to ensure that full exposure to the industry is experienced

What Next?

The experience and qualifications (where appropriate) can lead to gaining new skills, interests and knowledge to live an active life, live independently and or progress to further study, supported internship, traineeship, apprenticeship or employment.

The course aims to give learners the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy cooking. Learners will gain an understanding of how to economise when planning meals and encourages learners to transfer skills learnt to other recipes to continue cooking for themselves and their families and to inspire others by passing on their knowledge. The course is based on the proposition that being able to cook is an essential life skill which empowers people to make changes that have benefits to health and wellbeing.