Food Preparation & Service Certificate

Cornwall College St Austell LEVEL: 2 Catering

If you have a passion for cooking or want to ensure that customers receive the very best in front of house service then join the best catering college in the South West. As a nationally recognised Centre of Excellence in three disciplines, an AA Highly Commended College Rosette winner and industry partners including Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant, River Cottage and the Eden Project there really is nowhere better to study catering and hospitality.

If you want to work in a fast-paced, action-packed and creative industry then look no further than a career in catering. The opportunities for career progression in this industry are some of the best. From commis chef to sous chef, all the way up to head chef, if you are willing to put in the hard work you could be running your own kitchen in a few years’ time.

You will start your catering studies on one of our Level 2 courses, and can choose to stay with us for three years. Which Level 2 course you join will depend on your GCSE results. From here you can then progress on to our Professional Cookery Diploma Level 3. Our specialist professional chef courses are available for those who would like to take their studies further and have the relevant Level 2 and 3 qualifications.

As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement. For more details please click here.

Read about why we are the best catering college in the South West HERE.


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Ideal if:

Your GCSE results were not what you expected but you would still like to start your training for a career in the hospitality and catering industry.

You’ll need:

Functional Skills as part of the programme of work.

You’ll learn:

How the hospitality industry is structured and functions alongside learning how to:

• Prepare savoury products
• Prepare sweet products
• Prepare beverages
• Serve food and beverages to customers
• Work safely and hygienically


To cover the basic knowledge and skills you will need to progress to further learning and training, or enter work in the food preparation and service sector.


Catering & Academy Nathan Outlaw
Catering & Academy Nathan Outlaw
Catering & Academy Nathan Outlaw
Catering & Academy Nathan Outlaw


Food Preparation & Service Certificate

Start Date

September 2020


St Austell


1 Year



Dorian completed the Professional Cookery Diploma Level 2 and 3 at Cornwall College and is now the head chef at Raymond Blanc’s restaurant in Oxford.

“Studying at Cornwall College was immensely enjoyable, the tutors have great knowledge and understanding of the industry, while making it fun to learn and encouraging the development of further skills. The Level 2 and 3 diplomas gave me the platform and basic foundations to explore the culinary area. After hard work, grit and determination I am now the head chef of Le Manoir and work side by side with Raymond Blanc; we hold two Michelin Stars and have done for 35 years. The diplomas will give you confidence and invaluable experience, providing you with a great foundation. If you wish to join the catering industry my advice is to work hard, commit yourself to your employer, be honest with yourself and use your passion to inspire others around you.”

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.