Hospitality & Catering Vocational Award: Levels 1 & 2

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This course is for students who want to learn about the hospitality vocational sector and the potential it can offer them for their careers or further study.

The hospitality and catering sector includes all businesses that provide food, beverages, and/or accommodation services. This not only includes restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars but also includes airlines, tourist attractions, hospitals and sports venues; businesses where hospitality and catering is not their primary service but is increasingly important to their success.


According to the British Hospitality Association, hospitality and catering is Britain’s fourth largest industry and accounts for around 10% of the total workforce. Since 2010, over 25% of all new jobs have been within the hospitality and catering sector, with the majority of new roles falling within the 18-24 age group.



This is a more practical course with the emphasis on skill development.  The award is made up of two mandatory units: 

  • Unit 1:  The Hospitality and Catering Industry (external exam)

  • Unit 2:  Hospitality and Catering in Action (internal assignments)




Assessment takes the form of internal assignments (Unit 2) and a single external exam (Unit 1).  Students may achieve a Pass grade at Level 1 and Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* at Level 2.  These grades are the equivalent to GCSE levels 3-9.


After completion of the award and the achievement of other Level 2 qualifications such as English and Maths, students can move onto Level 3 qualifications in Hospitality and Catering or enter an apprenticeship with local hospitality providers, such as Brend Hotels.

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