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Hospitality & Catering (Pathways)

Pathways students at Central Bedfordshire College (CBC).


Hospitality & Catering (Pathways)

This course is an introduction to either our employment or vocational Pathway or a step up to join vocational courses within the mainstream provision in college.

Learners learn in our purpose built, fully equipped Bistro to gain practical skills and knowledge.

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Course information

Course details

Course content

Learners learn in our purpose built, fully equipped Bistro to gain the practical skills and knowledge that will enable them to progress on to other courses.

Learners on this course will partake in a variety of practical activities including:

  • Developing food hygiene and safety skills in the kitchen environment
  • Planning and cooking cakes and savouries to be sold in Pathways Coffee Shop
  • Providing a food service, with hot foods prepared and served by the learners
  • Working as a team to create menus for takeaway foods such as paninis and milkshakes
  • Planning, preparing and hosting themed and celebratory lunches throughout the year
  • Taking part in enterprise events

Learners will also develop their functional skills alongside their vocational timetable by attending specific maths and English sessions and having individualised targets in these areas.

Learners attend College for three days each week, 9am – 4pm. Group sizes are usually around eight learners.

Learners will be working on gaining an Entry level Certificate in Personal and Social skills. Progress will be monitored using the RARPA process where personal targets will be set and regularly reviewed with the learner, parents, carers and other professionals.

As part of the course learners will take part in some supported work placements in Pathways coffee shop.

Next steps

What options are there after completing this course?

As in all courses in College, there is a focus on progression and the course aims to prepare for their next step whether this is a further course at College within the mainstream provision* or join one of our employment pathways.

*Dependent on student meeting entry requirements.

Additional information

Coming to College is a full time commitment and you will need to ensure that you have factored in the cost of travelling to College and potentially to a local work placement. If you are concerned about this, please click here to see what financial support is available through our Student Services team.

We will request contributions as we offer a lot of trips and outings.

Available Courses
Cbc Dunstable Main Campus
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 35 weeks
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.