BTEC E3 Ext Cert in Catering

What is this course about?

Prep 4 Catering is a course that can start you on the path to a vocational programme within the Hospitality and Catering area. You will be able to study a range of units including introduction to food, drink and cooking and using cooking skills in a domestic kitchen as well as being able to access all of the latest catering facilities within the Lifestyle Building at the Cauldon campus. Additionally, you will also work to develop your personal and employability skills completing units in teamwork, managing your money and oral presentation skills. Functional Skills of maths, English and ICT are also integral to the course. Enterprise is also a big feature in the course and you will be encouraged to demonstrate the skills you have learnt through fund raising activities.

Entry Requirements

No formal requirements, but you will have a pre-induction interview/
assessment to make sure this is the right level for you.

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BTEC E3 Ext Cert in Catering

Start: 02/09/2020
Days: Tue
Time: TBC

How is it taught

The course is taught by an experienced and well-qualified lecturer and all classes are supported by a learning support assistant to ensure that 1-2-1 or small group support is available if necessary. The learning will take place in our Burslem Campus in the domestic and commercial kitchens, classrooms and computer suites. Learning is practical and hands on and accessible to everyone.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. For each unit that you work on, you will have to complete an assessment to evidence your learning and understanding. Your tutor will tell you when the assessments will take place. You must successfully pass all of the unit assessments in order to pass the course successfully.

What else do I need to know?


All of the Prep 4 courses are smaller sized classes to allow more individual support that nurtures and develops learners and their learning. As the course progresses throughout the year, more independence and autonomy is encouraged.

What could I do next?


Support is provided to identify progression pathways that are appropriate to the individual. Progression can be within the Preparation 4 Vocation area to a level 1 or employability course or it can be within the Hospitality and Catering area or any of the other vocational areas that are on offer in college.
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