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Hospitality and Catering

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If you enjoy meeting and helping people and like to provide good customer service, then a career within hospitality and catering could be the right path for you.

With our enterprising and broad range of courses, there has never been a better time to join us and this thriving industry.

Hospitality and catering qualifications can take you all over the world and we will help prepare you for an exciting career. The sector offers a range of interesting jobs in a variety of settings including restaurants, bars, hospitals and hotels.

You will be taught by high class lecturers and tutors at Nottingham College who have industry experience and you’ll benefit from our high quality facilities and resources.

Many of our students go on to a wide range of fantastic global career opportunities that are made possible with our industry-recognised qualifications.

If your passion lies in food, you can train in our award-winning gourmet restaurant in our Adams Building and in our U Choose Food Court at our Clarendon Campus.

Legendary chef Marco Pierre White is a big supporter of the college and often meets students. You’ll also get the opportunity to take part in trips and maybe even national competitions.

Our courses will give you a full insight into what it takes to work in catering at high-end functions in world class venues. We also provide the training needed for employment within a larger scale food production environment. You will develop a full understanding and the required skills for working both back and front of house, which will confidently lead you into the workplace.


Our hospitality and catering courses at Nottingham College range from Level 1 to Degree Level and Apprenticeships.

Careers in Hospitality and Catering

At Nottingham College, we know and understand the hospitality and catering sectors really well and our courses are geared towards enabling all our students to thrive in the busy and competitive industries.

We have strong links to top employers in the sector and work with a wide range of businesses, so you’ll have lots of opportunity for high quality work placements and work experience.

Plus, there are a vast number of career options in the industry – whether you would like to be a Baker, a Bar Manager, a Butcher, a Catering Manager, a Chef De Partie, a Commis Chef, a Consumer Scientist, an Event Organiser, a Food Processing Worker, an Industry Chef, a Kitchen Manager, a Restaurant Manager, a Sous Chef or a Waiter/Waitress – there are many choices available to you.

Did you know?

  • Hospitality is the fourth largest employer in the UK, with 4.49 million people working in the sector.
  • The Hospitality industry employs more than 10% of the UK workforce: almost 3 million people work within the industry.
  • 29% of people employed in the hospitality industry are under 21-years-old.
  • The Hospitality Sector needs 660,200 more people by 2020 – a growth of 6%.
  • The number of restaurant managers in Nottingham has risen to more than 1800 and is due to increase over the next four years earning up to £29,000 a year.

Not sure what you'd like to study?

Are you interested in Hospitality and Catering but not sure which course is right for you? You can receive Careers Advice before you decide which course is best for you! Apply through our Application Portal using the link below and our Careers Advisors will help you find the perfect course that's suited to you!

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Culinary Skills (Level 2) - Full-time

Learn a range of culinary skills on this Level 2 Diploma.

Nottingham College Bake Off - Part-time

Learn how to bake bread, cakes and pastries on this fun course.

Customer Care and Basic Restaurant Skills - Part-time

If you have an interest in customer service techniques and restaurant work, this course is perfect for you!

Introduction to Hospitality and Catering (Entry Level 3) - Full-time

If you have mild learning difficulties and/or disabilities and enjoy preparing and cooking food and you’d like to explore a career in the catering industry in a supportive environment, then this course could be perfect for you.

Professional Cookery (NVQ Diploma Level 2) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you love the buzz of being in a kitchen and creating tasty and inspiring dishes. You’ll turn your passion into a career with this, which is designed to turn you into a professional cook.

Professional Cookery (NVQ Diploma Level 3) - Full-time

This course is perfect you love to cook, have a creative flair and want to further develop your cooking skills to move into a supervisory role within a professional kitchen.

Cake Decoration for Improvers - Part-time

This course will focus on developing cake decorating skills to produce a professional finish.

Cake Decoration - Making Cakes to Sell - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to improve your existing cake decoration skills and the presentation of your cakes and prepare to sell them.

Hospitality Supervision and Leadership (Level 3) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you want to pursue a career within the hospitality industry and plan to work in a supervisory or management role.

Introduction to the Hospitality Industry (Level 1) - Full-time

If you love being in the kitchen and you’d like to develop your passion for food and customer service into a career this course is perfect for you!

Introduction to the Hospitality Industry (Entry Level) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you enjoy preparing and cooking food and you’d like to explore a career in the catering industry.

Professional Chefs (Level 2) - Full-time

Perfect if you’ve got a passion and a flair for cooking, and want to apply your skills in a professional kitchen as a chef or work in the restaurant front of house

Advanced Professional Cookery (Level 3) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you love to cook, have a creative flair and want to further develop your cooking skills to move into a supervisory role in a professional kitchen.

Cake Decoration (NCFE Level 2) - Part-time

Learn how to make a variety of sugar flowers, cakes, such as wedding, birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.

Cake Decoration for Beginners - Part-time

This course will give an introduction to cake decorating, using a variety of techniques to create a professional finish to your cakes to wow family and friends.

Professional Chefs (Level 1) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you have a passion for food, enjoy cooking and looking develop your basic skills as a chef.

Food Safety in Catering (HABC Level 2) - Part-time

This course is suitable for anyone who works with food and has a special responsibility for safeguarding the health of consumers and ensuring that the food they serve or sell is perfectly safe to eat.

Cake Decoration (NCFE Level 1) - Part-time

This course will enhance your skills in decorating cakes.

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