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Hospitality & Catering

"Kendal College, home to one of the most influential cooking courses in the country" - Jay Rayner

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Course Overview

BTEC Higher Nationals are designed to provide a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards where appropriate. This course is awarded by Pearson.

They offer a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding.

The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in their sector and their national recognition by employers allows direct progression to employment.

On the HNC you will study four units per year over two years. The course will be delivered on the Milnthorpe Road Campus.

There is an option to complete modules part-time rather than the full qualification.

The UK Quality Code for Higher Education:
This sets out the expectations that all providers of UK higher education are required to meet. Subject benchmark statements are part of the Quality Code and the one for Hospitality is at:

You units covered in the course are listed below.You will also have the chance to complete additional qualifications such as, Food Hygiene and WSET L1 and L2 in wines.

Core units:
- The Contemporary Hospitality Industry
- Finance in the Hospitality Industry
- Customer Service

Optional Units:
- Food and Beverage Operations Management
- The Conference and Banqueting Sector
- Marketing in Hospitality
- Tourist Destinations
- Human Resource Management

Learning will also be enriched by industry visits for each unit where learners will have an opportunity to experience and observe different hospitality sectors. There will be 2-3 visits each year, some visits will incur a cost.

Each unit will incorporate a variety of assessment methods and will have between 2-5 separate tasks to complete to achieve the full unit credit.

Practical units will involve the development of a portfolio of professional development.

The breakdown of assessment type is below:
Reports 30 percent
Essays 30 percent
Case Studies 20 percent
Presentations 10 percent
Portfolio of evidence 10 percent

In addition to your time in college learners should plan to undertake additional independent study to enable them to complete the required assessments. Learners should allocate approximately ten hours of study per week outside of college.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

4 GCSEs or equivalent (including English and Maths at grade C or above) and 48 UCAS points.

Mature students welcome with substantial relevant experience of working in the Hospitality industry.

Candidates from non-English speaking countries are expected to have English language skills equivalent to IELTS 5.5.

Alternatively please feel free to come to Kendal College and talk to our HE co-ordinator based in Student Services at main site next to reception.

How to Apply:
Contact Karen Shaw, Student Services Team Leader, for an application form: or by phone 01539 814748.

Student Finance:
Generally, you will only get student finance if you're doing your first higher education qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded. Whether you qualify for student finance depends on certain criteria, please see and our college 'Student Money' pages:

After Your Course

On completion of your course you will have the option to continue with your academic studies or full-time employment.

Academic options include:
- HNC - Progress to HND at the college, subject to a progression interview.
- HND - Progress to a top-up programme on a BA (Hons) Degree programme at a University of your choice. Entry requirements for your chosen destination will need to be checked.

Employment options:
You can choose from a wide variety of establishments within differing sectors of the industry including both public and private sectors.

If you wish to stay within Cumbria the local area provides a wealth of opportunity for employment. There are numerous high quality establishments that provide a central 'hub' of hospitality activity in the region and it is fast becoming the destination for food and hospitality tourists.

The public sector can include graduate training programmes within University or school Catering, hospital catering or prisons.

The private sector will allow for employment in restaurants, hotels, both large national chains and exclusive boutique hotels, fast-food industry, sports stadia catering, event management and contract catering.

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