Hospitality & Catering

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Whether you dream of being a head chef, working on a cruise liner, in restaurants, pubs, bars and hotels or owning your own restaurant, Hospitality and Catering offers a rewarding career. The College offers outstanding practical experience through its professional restaurant, Origins.

The demand for chefs and front of house within this sector is high and the skills set you will acquire will equip you for a wide range of career opportunities anywhere in the world. In-house competitions and workshops are held regularly and students regularly win awards at local and national culinary competitions.

Having the College Rosette status attracts large and small employers from top restaurants and hotels nationally, as does our own commercial restaurant Origins, which enjoys a great reputation in Shropshire for exciting menus using local ingredients.

We have strong links with local and national employers and during your course you will take part in a work placement which will extend your industrial knowledge and prepare you for the workplace.

Whether you are a school leaver looking to start a career or already working in the industry and want to develop your professional skills, we have full and part-time courses available including Level 2 / 3 Technical Certificates and Diplomas and Apprenticeships.

Once qualified you will have the skills to embark upon a vibrant and rewarding career within the hospitality and catering Industry. You could follow in the footsteps of our past students whose progression includes working in top hotels and commercial restaurants throughout the country.

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The course has really helped me gain part-time employment in a professional kitchen which helps my studies and develops my skills. Shrewsbury College has the best kitchen facilities out of all the colleges I looked at.

Aimee Thomas
Aimee Thomas
Level 1 Professional Chef Diploma

Student Success

All nine Level 3 students studying Professional Cookery in 2017 have all acquired employment in their chosen fields. Every year students enter competitions including the North West Young Chef Competition and Nestlé Toque d'Or where they regularly win awards. This year students were extremely successful at the Welsh International Culinary Champions, winning 17 medals.

Past Students

Possible careers include Pastry Chef, Restaurant Supervisor, Head Chef and Kitchen Manager or to work within international restaurants, hotels, cruise liners, Armed Forces or even provide you with skills to set up your own catering business. From Level 1 you have the opportunity to work as a Commis Chef and from Level 2 you become a Demi Chef de Partie. From Level 3, you could become a Chef de Partie. Within Hospitality, if you choose to continue onto Level 3, you could pursue a career as a restaurant manager, front-of-house manager or specialise as a sommelier, or progress to higher education which can also lead to events management.

Career Options

Career options and national starting averages include:

  • Kitchen Porter £13,000 - £18,000
  • Chef £13,000 - £50,000

You could move on to be a:

  • Wine Merchant £16,000 - £35,000
  • Restaurant Manager £18,000 - £45,000

Source: National Careers Service

I get a huge amount of satisfaction being a tutor and seeing the progression of student chefs as they develop their knowledge and skills, ready to start their careers. There’s a great amount of pride seeing a student gain a position in the catering industry or progress to more advanced qualifications.