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Hospitality and Events BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

This course is a mixture of theory and practical work related subjects, aimed mostly at 16-19 year olds who are interested in a career in hospitality and events at supervisory or management level. The course will provide you with a very broad knowledge and skills base needed to seek employment and further training in a wide variety of jobs and careers in the hospitality industry, or to progress into higher education.

Entry Requirements

You should have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or Maths or BTEC First Diploma with a minimum of a merit grade.

Course Content

Throughout the two years you will be exploring and experiencing a wide range of units through a blend of practical and theory activities, covering most aspects of the hospitality and events industry including:

Events Organisation – investigating large scale events including festivals, temporary sporting events, conferences and exhibitions

Personal Selling and Promotional Skills – learn who your potential customers are and how to sell your events to the widest possible audience

Small Business Enterprise – gain practical knowledge of the legal and financial requirements when starting a new business

Food & Drink Service – including practical sessions in the College Restaurant, Lounge and Bar

Planning and Managing an Event – research and create your own hospitality event to promote, sell and run in the College

Customer Service and Customer Service Supervision – giving you the skills sto perform, and supervise other in, excellent customer service

Exploring European and World Food – explore menus and create dishes from around the world.

Other units include: Investigating the Hospitality Industry, Financial Control, Front Office Operations, personal andn Professional Development and Human Resources.

You will also take part in structured work experience to support your studies in year one.

How will I be taught?

You will learn by a variety of methods including trips and visits, theory input, individual and group activities, workshops, kitchen and restaurant practical sessions, team teaching, guided self-study and practical activities.

How will I be assessed?

All units are internally assessed and graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction. On completion of the course an overall grade of a Pass, Merit or Distinction will be awarded.

Will I need any extra equipment?


What qualifications will I get?

A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Hospitality.

In addition to the course you will have the option to gain the following additional qualifications:

– Level 3 Award in Food Safety Supervision
– VRQ Level 2 Food & Drink Service

What will it allow me to do in the future?

Higher Education: A degree in any related subject.

Any Hospitality & Catering supervisory/ management training programme.

Course Information

You will be involved in vocational based practical situations in our Award Winning College Restaurant, Cafe and kitchen areas. As part of the programme you will be involved in regular visits and work experience.

The College has links with major hospitality and catering organisations, locally and nationally. This will give you the exiting opportunities for work placements and future employment.

Students aged over 19 on 01 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and examination/assessment fees. There are a number of grants available for students on low incomes and for those studying on a first time qualification.

This course no longer attracts government funding subsidy for students aged 24 or above on the start date of this course. To help pay for these fees you may be entitled to the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan.

Please contact Customer Services on 0800 056 0511 or email customerservices@southdowns.ac.uk for further information.

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