St John Plessington Catholic College


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Head of Department:

Miss E Hughes 




GCSE in Design & Technology, specialising in Hospitality & Catering

Programme of study

This course is part of a two year study programme which is aimed at preparing you for Hospitality, Catering and Food Science and Nutrition courses at Level 3 and beyond. This course will develop the skills and knowledge required to prepare you for a career in the catering and hospitality sectors, including all businesses that provide food, beverages, and/or accommodation services.

This includes restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars. It also includes airlines, tourist attractions, hospitals and sports venues: businesses where hospitality and catering is not their primary service but is increasingly important to their success.

How is the course structured & assessed?

The Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality & Catering is offered as a two year course with content broken down into units; this course is made up of two units of work.

Unit 1: is a task which is a 90 minute online external examination focusing on the Hospitality and Catering Industry. This examination contains short and extended answer questions based around applied situations. You will be required to use stimulus material presented in different formats to respond to questions. You will sit this exam in Year 10, with the opportunity to resit in Year 11 if necessary.

Unit 2: is an assignment based on Hospitality and Catering in Action. Within this assignment tasks will be completed to PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION level; this work will be set and marked internally. You will apply your learning to safely prepare, cook and present nutritional dishes. You will draw on your learning of different types of provision, kitchen and front of house operations in Unit 1, as well as personal safety in their preparations.

This task involves 6 hours under supervised conditions which will be set and moderated by the exam board.

What can these qualifications lead to?

The WJEC Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality & Catering can be studied with a variety of other subjects to suit the needs of the pupil. Popular course combinations include Business Studies, Chemistry, Health & Social Care and Physical Education. It is widely accepted by universities and the UCAS application process if continued to Level 3.

The hospitality and catering industries are major employers in the UK, both highly competitive and challenging sectors offering a wealth of employment opportunities.

The course covers a wide range of units, which allows pupils to follow pathways of interest to their future career. Progression routes into further training and higher education are wide ranging; many pupils who study Hospitality continue their studies at university. The Level 3 course is excellent preparation for entering courses such as Events Management, Nutrition and Health Studies, Dietetics, Consumer Science and Health Promotion.