Catering and Hospitality


Students on the full time Professional Cookery courses have the advantage of working in a professional environment as they prepare and serve food at the Vanilla Pod, the training restaurant at the Tycoch Campus.

These courses prepare students for a career in catering and hospitality. Students regularly compete successfully in regional and national competitions.

Part time short courses, lasting for just five weeks, are offered in Italian, French or Asian cuisine.

Over the last two years 100% of our Entry Level students have progressed to Level 1. 

Achieving Level 2/3 will open employment opportunities in general hospitality, food preparation and cooking. For example, almost a third of our Level 2 students gained employment in the industry after completing their course.

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Meet professional chefs

Take tips from those already working in the industry when the college plays host to professional chefs during 'masterclasses' for current students.

Links with employers

You can brush up your CV and drop in to the regular specialist jobs fayres held for those interested in working in the hospitality and catering industry.

A world of flavour

Turn your hand to cuisine from across the globe – China, Wales, France, Ireland – as well as special menus like romantic Valentine's Day and Fair Trade – for themed evenings and events.


It’s not just our kitchens that are like those you’d find in a professional restaurant

When you sign up for one of our catering and hospitality courses we want you to know what it’s really like to work in the industry. The Vanilla Pod restaurant does just that. With 30-covers, a fully-licensed bar and support kitchens decked out with all the latest professional equipment, you’ll learn hands on about customer service, front of house and professional cookery, serving the public four times a week for lunch and dinner.