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Craft Catering

Level 2 Diploma (Pre T-level)

students cooking with fire in college kitchen

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Craft Catering - Level 2 Diploma SF-CCAT2D-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2023-24 (2 years)

Examination board
City & Guilds

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This is a one-year course where you will have the opportunity to achieve a Level 2 VRQ Diploma in Professional Cookery and Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Food & Beverage Service, whilst working towards grade 4 in English and Maths to be able to progress onto the T Level Technical Qualification in Catering. You will cover a wide of skills for a career in the catering and hospitality industry, including professional kitchen larder, patisserie, food and beverage and barista skills in addition to knife skills, hygiene, and teamwork.  

Participation in work placements to improve employability skills gives you a hands-on approach and real-life experiences of future career paths. Trips to local and further afield establishments are also a part of this course. Guest chefs are invited on-campus to share their knowledge with you. We have in-house student competitions to encourage creativity. College open evenings and prestigious gourmet events are an opportunity to showcase your skills.

These are recognised qualifications for all those wishing to take up a career in the hospitality and catering industry as a chef or a career in food and beverage service. You must also have ambition, drive, and a commitment to succeed in a very competitive industry.


You should have a good record of achievement, good references and have already shown a commitment for your chosen profession. At interview you will be expected to show an understanding of the catering industry and a strong commitment to the course.

Your course will be delivered through practical and classroom-based lessons, focusing on food groups and cooking methods. The professional cookery element has practical-based tests, short answer questions and assignments which make up the qualification but will also aid the transition onto the T Level the following year. The Food and Beverage service qualification is evidence based and is structured around our 74South Restaurant. 

 You will also study:

  • Food hygiene and nutrition
  • Health and safety
  • Commodities and sourcing of ingredients

As the programme provides specialist skill-based qualifications in such areas as kitchen and restaurant, the course is predominantly practical. You will be involved in the realistic working environments in our kitchen and restaurant. This will involve planned evening activities, as well as other functions.

You are encouraged to undertake part time employment in an appropriate position in addition to your course. The College will help with finding jobs within the industry.

The College has links with major hospitality and catering organisations including Goodwood Estate, Fullers, the D&D restaurant Group, Solent Hotel and local Michelin restaurants. 


All of our teachers are leading subject and industry professionals. We offer digital learning to all students and it is promoted through learning and enhancing your IT skills.

Learning will be provided by lectures, workshops, team teaching, demonstration with an emphasis on the realistic working environment and work-based testimonial.


The assessment methods for this course vary from practical tests to assignments and written tests, these will be set at regular intervals during the year and you will have the opportunity to retake.

This course requires you to purchase a uniform and kit and we include trips to enhance your learning and experience of industry. All of these costs will be explained at interview and students in receipt of financial assistance will be supported with these costs.

On successful completion of this course, you can progress onto the new T Level Technical Qualification in Catering, Apprenticeship or seek employment in the hospitality and catering industry.

The College is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. We have links with major Catering & Hospitality Organisations including the Royal Household, the D&D restaurant group, the Langstone Hotel, Solent Hotel and local Michelin restaurants. 

“HSDC provided me with the opportunity for autonomous study and the choice of subjects that I wanted to study, which helped me develop relevant knowledge as well as relevant skills for the workplace.”

Lucas Ratcliffe, A Level and CTEC student

The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at the college.

Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student

My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, A Level student