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What is this course about?
The hospitality industry is growing fast, but it's also changing. Some people say that you have only to look at the USA to see where the British hospitality industry is going: fast food and lots of it, theme parks and themed restaurants, so many eating places that dining out becomes as common as dining in, and an emphasis on customer service.
There are now more than two million people employed in hospitality in the UK, and by 2012 that is expected to reach 2.5 million. And it's an industry that's changing fast, as anyone with an eye on the news will have noticed.
Hospitality has always been an industry in which bright things and entrepreneurs can succeed, regardless of qualifications, and employers are now realising this.
What do I need to get on the course?
You must have an interest in food and be willing to learn about the hospitality industry
In addition you should be interested in learning how to prepare and present different types of foods and dishes made, also writing about and learning about the different hospitality sectors. You need to consider what interests you, how long you wish to study for, and the entry requirements for particular programmes.
What will I study?
In hospitality and catering you will study and explore the core themes of the industry, including: safety, customer relations, healthy lifestyles and basic culinary skills.
These units also include practical cooking session and trips out.
What qualification will I get ?
If you are successful you will get the BTEC full diploma in Hospitality and catering, worth 4 GCSE, Or the BTEC First Certificate in Hospitality and Catering worth 2 GCSE.
What can I do after the course ?
Join a training programme after leaving Walworth Academy
Operated by an employer or an organisation that works with employers to provide training, such as HCTC. The programme combines work experience with training on-the-job - by your combines work experience with training on-the-job - by your supervisors and training specialists, and training off-the-job - at a college or training centre.
Go straight into employment
Try and get a job that will provide useful experience for the future, with an employer who offers training or can help you get the support you need.
Work towards NVQs/SVQs with your employer
National and Scottish Vocational Qualifications are open to anyone, of any age or experience and there are no entry requirements. There are four levels: Level 1 (basic skills), Level 2 (craft skills), Level 3 (advanced craft/supervisory skills) and Level 4 (management skills).
Attend a College Part-time
Your employer may be able to help you attend a local college one day a week, or on a block release basis, when you spend longer intervals at college (e.g. four weeks). Generally experience is more important than the standard academic entry requirements.
Take a full-time College/University Programme
Ideally, chose a programme intended for people with experience in the industry and designed to meet your needs in the quickest possible time.
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