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

Hospitality is one of the main sources of income for the Lake District economy. And with past students working for celebrity chefs in Michelin starred kitchens, what’s not to like about pursuing a career in Hospitality & Catering at Kendal College?

Thanks to the location of the College in one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, there is no shortage of opportunities for students to gain work experience, traineeships and apprenticeships with some first-class tourist and hospitality businesses. The College has an unrivalled reputation for delivering some of the most talented chefs, managers and industry professionals in the UK.

Unlike many other colleges, Kendal College has a focused Lakes School of Hospitality & Management, which is run like a hotel to prepare students for the same high-pressure environment that awaits them after college. Highly experienced tutors have worked in the industry at all levels and have a dedication and passion to the job that is second to none.

Tutor expertise and reputation ensure that placements, guest chef events, and foreign trips to dining hot spots are always available for Hospitality & Catering students. The team regularly host and support high profile functions and events at the College, which gives them the confidence and experience to carry forward to their future careers.

Students also have the opportunity to join the Culinary Team, who get the chance to travel to countries such as Japan, the USA, Dubai to experience different culinary cultures.

There are a wide range of part-time, full-time and Higher Level courses, plus a choice of Apprenticeships available to study in Hospitality & Catering at Kendal College.


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I’m really interested in developing skills in customer service. I have worked at the Castle Dairy, set up for restaurant service and done functions like the Cumbria Life Food & Drinks Awards night. I went to Belgium last year and am going to France this year.

Jordan Rodway, Front of House Level 2

I had the opportunity to work front-of-house at the Alumni Dinner, and having the chance to watch such talented professional chefs in action was a great experience. And the Cumbria Life Food & Drink Awards with 180 guests was a new challenge!

Victoria Lawson, Professional Cookery Level 2

Meet your tutor

Richard Axford is Head of Hospitality & Catering and has over 20 years experience in the industry. He has worked as a Head Chef all over Scotland and northern England, mainly in small boutique style establishments and was at a two rosette restaurant for over seven years.

I chose this industry before I left school as I enjoyed the fast pace of the commercial kitchen. This job has taken me all over the country and has allowed me to travel to many places around the world to try various cuisines. The best thing about this industry is food evolves almost on a daily basis, and this keeps the scene fresh and challenging at all times.

View our courses

Hospitality Management HNC/HND (FT)
Degree-level 4/5 1st Aug 2019 2 Years

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

You will learn a wide variety of skills that will prepare you for a higher level of education as well as a plethora of employability skills. There will be a key focus on knowledge and skill development to equip you for your first management position within the industry.

Hospitality Management HNC/HND (PT)
Degree-level 4/5 1st Aug 2019 2 Years

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

BTEC Higher Nationals are designed to provide a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards where appropriate. 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.

Professional Cookery
Full-time 1 2nd Sep 2019 1 year

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This course gives students a realistic experience of working in a busy hospitality environment and with high end clients. For example, in the morning you could be serving breakfast to the Lake District Hotel Association, followed by lunch in the college restaurant and then setting up a buffet and canapes at the Town Hall for the international Mountain Festival. The department caters for many prestigious community events throughout the year, such dinners for the Mayor and for the Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards.

Professional Cookery
Full-time 2 2nd Sep 2019 1 Year

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This course gives students a realistic experience of working in a busy hospitality environment and with high end clients. For example, in the morning you could be serving breakfast to the Lake District Hotel Association, followed by lunch in the college restaurant and then setting up a buffet and canapes at the Town Hall for the international Mountain Festival. The department caters for many prestigious community events throughout the year, such dinners for the Mayor and for the Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards.

Hospitality Supervision & Leadership
Full-time 3 2nd Sep 2019 1 Year

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This course runs over four days a week, usually Monday-Thursday. The course is delivered during the normal college day (9am-5pm) three days a week, and one evening will be working in the college restaurant for the evening service (you will need to arrange transport home anywhere between 9pm-11pm). This course develops your skills front of house and you will be given responsibility to lead a team of level 1 and level 2 students, delegating tasks to them and supervising their progress. Students are given the opportunity to participate in many enrichment events over the year. The Hospitality department also recruits a Culinary Team who are employed by the college to support additional corporate events, with the money raised going into an end of year foreign experience. Students in previous years have visited top restaurants and hotels in Chicago, Dubai, Toronto, China and Barcelona.

Hospitality, Events & Leadership
Full-time 3 2nd Sep 2019 2 Years

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

The course provides comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the hospitality and catering industry, preparing students with the knowledge and skills to progress to supervisory level roles so has a huge focus on employability skills.
During the course students will be taught using a range of different methods, including lectures, practical sessions, educational visits and visiting speakers. Students will work in the college training kitchens and in the realistic working environment which is made up of our main production kitchen and restaurant.

Professional Cookery: Patisserie
Full-time 3 2nd Sep 2019 1 Year

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This course gives you some freedom to develop your ideas and give you the opportunities to create your own dishes. You are also given responsibility to lead a team of level 1 and level 2 students, delegating tasks to them and supervising their progress. If you take the Multiskills route, you will work one day in pastry, two days in the main kitchen and one day developing your skills in the training kitchens. The multiskill qualification is a combination of larder and pastry units.

If you opt for pastry, your time will be spent developing your patisserie skills in pastry. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in cakes, pastry, enriched dough products and hot and cold desserts with sauces, sauce and filling. You will also work with chocolate, sugar and decorative work.

Food & Beverage Service
Full-time 2 2nd Sep 2019 1 Year

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This course runs over three days a week. You would spend three days in the restaurant, thus gaining experience in the restaurant learning about the various areas and sections relating to food and beverage service. You will also spend up to 2 hours a week in theory where you will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge about food and beverage service in relation to the units you are doing, studying units such as; customer service, team work, preparing and setting the restaurant, bar service and payment handling.