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Hospitality & Catering Study Programmes

Step into the kitchen and prepare for a work in a hotel, restaurant or event venue. You can also study for a HND at the College!


You’ll gain plenty of hands-on experience and have the opportunity to practise all that you learn in our kitchens. You can showcase your skills in the real world and work in the College’s own restaurant and catering company.

Our students receive valuable, realistic experience while they learn against the dynamic backdrop of our restaurants – McLeods Restaurant at our Medway Campus and Oaks at our Maidstone Campus.

Open for business lunches or high-end evening fine dining, these top quality eateries provide the perfect setting for developing your skills as a chef or waiter.

What will I learn?

You can take your first steps by learning all of the basic cookery methods and food and beverage service skills on the level 1 and 2 programmes. You could also have the opportunity to supervise a kitchen team in McLeods Restaurant and learn about recipe development, food sourcing and production. Progress further onto a level 3 qualification where you'll learn supervisory skills too. You also have the opportunity to study for a HND in Event Management at the College.

Find out the difference between a Hospitality & Catering course and a study programme below.

Why choose a MidKent College Hospitality & Catering study programme?

Our Hospitality & Catering lecturers are all industry professionals, and so are best placed to aid you towards your career in the hospitality and catering industry. Your study programme will also focus on your English and maths skills, so you'll be more confident when you enter employment. You'll also complete work experience, so you'll have those key practical skills employers are looking for in any potential employee.

What level am I?

This will be dependent on the qualifications and experience that you currently have. For some very practical subjects you'll need to start at level 1 to ensure you learn the key theory, practical knowledge and health and safety standards for your industry. Check out what level you are on our chart.

How is English & maths involved?

If you're aged 16-18 years old, English and maths will be a key part of your study programme. You'll study both subjects at a level that is appropriate to you. You will need to be confident in weighing and purchasing ingredients.

What facilities and trips are available?

Our students are given the opportunity to visit hospitality venues and restaurants in places such as Borough Market in London, Billingsgate, Paris and Barcelona, to get creative ideas for their own dishes. You can also take part in regional and national competitions, or gain real hands-on experience in the College's McLeods Restaurant with paying customers.

Is an apprenticeship available?

Yes, the College offers apprenticeships in Food Production and Professional Cookery.

What have your past students gone on to do?

Successful students have progressed into the local catering industry, and nationally too! Others have gone onto university to hone their skills further.

What can I do afterwards?

You'll have the practical skills you need to enter a range of occupations including as a chef, dietician, food critic or even as a restaurant manager! Some students have chosen to further their studies at university.

How much do chefs get paid?

Chefs in the Medway and Maidstone areas can expect to earn on average £9.36 per hour.*

What’s the difference between a Hospitality & Catering course and a study programme?

Traditionally you may have studied a Hospitality & Catering course, where you would only study the qualification, such as recipe development, food sourcing and cooking skills. A Hospitality & Catering study programme is so much more than a Hospitality & Catering course!

This change to study programmes is due to national feedback from employers saying young people need to have more than just a “qualification”; they need to have the skills to work in their chosen industry. A study programme encompasses the subject qualification, English and maths skills as well as work experience and personal development skills. You can read more about study programmes here.

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*Data taken from EMSI April 2018