The hospitality option covers a variety of areas to enable pupils to have a good foundation knowledge of a variety of different aspects of the hospitality industry.
There is an opportunity for some students, where suitable, to achieve a BTEC Level 1 in Introduction to the Hospitality Industry (award/certificate). However, all students will achieve a portfolio of work experience, including picture evidence and references about their skills in this area.
From the BTEC specification, we cover the following units:
- Unit 7 Introduction to the Hospitality Industry
- Unit 8 Customer Service in the Hospitality Industry
- Unit 9 Food Service
- Unit 10 Preparing & Serving Drinks
- Unit 11 Basic Food Preparation & Cooking
This option is for pupils with a keen interest in cooking and potentially working in the hospitality sector. Pupils on the course have the opportunity to take part in work experience in our onsite café, as well as take part in a range of onsite events, such as Halloween themed mock-tail parties and parent afternoon tea events. Also, off-site trips to settings such as local hotels and cafes (to sample afternoon teas as market research) are a key element of the course.
We look at the whole process of food and drink preparation, from preparing, to making, from tasting, to tidying away. This is a great option for pupils who like cooking and is a great opportunity to build on their independent cooking skills. Students also develop a working knowledge of basic food hygiene. Likewise, for those who may wish to work in the hospitality industry, this course will give them the practical skills and professional experiences they will need in the future. In addition, pupils also develop their team working skills, by cooking in pairs and working as a group to make sure that the food technology room is clean and ready for the next class.
As part of the course, each student completes some supported work experience in the school café every term, where they can practice their skills in making drinks, food and customer service, under the expert guidance of our café manager and chef (Debbie and Paula). Elements of the course also look at potential jobs in the sector and provide students with the knowledge they need when applying for them, such as interview practice and understanding job specifications.
When pupils complete the Hospitality course they feel equipped in a variety of different Hospitality skills and they will have a greater understanding of job opportunities within the industry.
They will have had experience in a real world hospitality environment at Longfellows cafe, and developed important customer facing skills
Pupils will gain the BTEC Level 1 award or certificate in Hospitality and Tourism and can progress to Level 2 or other relevant courses in the future.