At the Centre of Excellence in Catering and Hospitality students benefit from training with Michelin Star Chefs, extensive opportunities for work experience and our brand new state of the art kitchens and restaurant.

Catering courses at riverside college

Students will develop high level skills which will enable them to pursue careers in the rapidly growing catering and hospitality industry. Our newly refurbished state of the art production kitchens and restaurant provide students with the opportunity to run their own restaurant and showcase their skills to the public. Catering and hospitality is part of the Visitor Economy Career Pathways, which is one of the fastest growing areas in the Northwest for employment and career progression.

Courses available in Catering and Hospitality

See below for the full list of Catering and Hospitality courses available at Riverside College. Please refer to the entry requirements listed further down the page to help identify which level is right for you.

Level Qualification Course Title
1 Diploma Hospitality and Catering
2 Diploma Professional Food and Beverage Services
2 Diploma Professional Cookery
3 Advanced Technical Diploma Professional Cookery

Once you have made an application to the college you will be invited in for an interview with the admissions team who will help to identify the right course, at the right level to meet your goals and aspirations.

Career Paths:

  • Chef
  • Front of House
  • Hospitality Management
  • Events Catering
  • Executive Chef
  • Events Planner
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Freelance Catering Services
  • Specialist Chef
  • Food Technician
  • Bar Service

Unique experience

At the Centre of Excellence, students will benefit from exceptional opportunities including paid work experience with an external catering and events company. Along with national competitions, these opportunities will ensure that our student’s CVs stand out when they progress into employment.

  • Train to work in Michelin Star restaurants
  • Teachers who have worked in internationally renowned hotels and restaurants
  • Brand new kitchen and restaurant
  • Get real, paid work experience
  • Cater for large external events in local and regional venues
  • Take part in national competitions including the British Culinary Federation competition
  • 100% of students gained employment at the end of their course
  • The opportunity to go to university

Entry Requirements

Level 3

Successful completion of a Level 2 in Catering or Hospitality. Relevant experience in the Catering and Hospitality industry will also be considered.

Level 2

A minimum of four 9-3 GCSE subject grades, including English Language.

Level 1

A minimum of four 9-2 GCSE subject grades, including English Language.

What could these courses lead on to?

At Riverside College you can progress through the levels from level 1 to level 3 and beyond with our Higher Education courses. By achieving qualifications in Catering and Hospitality you will be able to access a wide range of employment opportunities and apprenticeships in hotels, restaurants, and on cruise liners with local, national and global employers.

Following the level 3 course you could enter employment at a higher technical level and many students also choose to take their qualifications higher with degrees in Hospitality and Events Management.