Start Date: Duration: Level: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 year Level 1 City Campus Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

This course is designed for students who have just left school and want to pursue a career in the hospitality and catering industry.

There are no entry requirements for this course other than a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire The costs for this course are approximately £134, this will cover the cost of your uniforms and a starter set of professional chefs knives. If you are eligible for a bursary, we can support you with costs.

You will be learning in a range of different environments, we have a fully licenced and working restaurant that is open to the public, this is where you will learn how a commercial kitchen works. We have a ‘training kitchen’ where you will cook a wide ran

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

You could have the opportunity to take part in a work placement, which is relevant to your course and future career ambitions. It could be for a week, or a day a week over a longer period.

We work with the following employers to help you get career ready and gain real wotk skills. Hilton Garden Inn, Radisson Blu Hotel, Lumley Castle, Jesmond Dene House.

Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm. Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

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What’s next?

With this qualification you could go straight into industry as a commis/trainee chef (approx £12,000 per year) or you could progress within the college to study either a level 2 VRQ or level 2 NVQ qualification in professional cookery.

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Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

We are the College of the Year

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College?

94.7% of our students progressed to further study, university or employment


(*Based on 16-18 year olds desination data 2016/17 academic year)

Our achievement rates are well above the national average

We have the widest range of courses in the region.

We have recently invested £50 million in our facilities.