Catering and Hospitality

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Fancy being the next Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver or Heston Blumenthal? Ambitions to manage your own restaurant or catering business? If so, look no further than Hull College to gain a qualification to get you started on your journey to become a professional chef and work in the hospitality industry.

Behind every visit to a restaurant or hotel, there is a dedicated team who make the experience the best it can be. From chefs to hotel porters, the catering and hospitality industry has a diverse range of career options in food preparation, customer care and service.

Taught by tutors with years of industry experience, we offer a range of study programmes that will enable you to take the first steps towards your dream job. Our study programmes will give you the skills and knowledge required to work and thrive in what is an exciting and vibrant sector.

Whilst studying with us at Hull College, you will have the opportunity to develop and nurture your culinary talents in our fully equipped training kitchens and gain vital hands-on experience in our award-winning training restaurant - HU1 Riverside. Here, you will be able to work a lunch or dinner service, in a real working kitchen, catering for real paying customers. From cookery to customer service, we will give you the skills to succeed.

In addition, you will benefit from work experience placements supporting a range of local festivals and events. And to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs or going to secure further industry-related qualifications, you will also be encouraged to participate in a series of regional and national competitions, such as WorldSkills UK and International Salon Culinaire, to further aid your progress and development.

Industry Insights

In March 2020, there were 170,000 jobs in the hospitality sector in Yorkshire and the Humber, representing 6.2% of employment in the region.

A shortage of staff in the UK has led to an increase in hospitality wages. The number of chef roles with salaries over £50,000 has increased by 373% since 2021.

97% of hospitality employers (133,315) were micro or small businesses (1–49 employees).

What Careers could this lead to?

The catering and hospitality industry is fast paced, creative and full of opportunities. Studying a Catering and Hospitality course at Hull College will enable you to develop skills for a wide range of careers, including...

Baker, Barista, Bar Manager/Tender, Cake Decorator, Catering Manager, Chef De Partie, Commis Chef, Food Scientist, Hotel Manager, Kitchen Manager, Military Chef, Restaurant Manager, Sous Chef, Street Food Trader, Wedding Planner, Wine Merchant.


English and maths are important life skills that will help you to succeed in your education, career and everyday life.

If you have not yet achieved your Grade 4 in the new GCSE examinations or a Grade C in the old GCSE examinations, in either English and/or maths, you will continue to study these subjects as part of your study programme to help you work towards this level, supported by our dedicated tutors.

Improving your skills can not only enhance your job opportunities and career prospects, but also open the doors to further study and university.

Benefits of improving your English and maths skills include...

  • They will help you to progress to higher level study
  • They will enable you to get you a better job
  • You will be able to access more career opportunities
  • They will help you earn more money in the future
  • They will provide you with better life opportunities

Success Stories

James Nicklin | Catering & Hospitality
With a love and passion for food, James Nicklin came to Hull College to study Catering and Hospitality (NVQ Level 1, 2 & 3) to learn his trade and develop his skills.

Now a skilled Chef with more than ten years’ experience of working in the hospitality industry, James is currently helping to provide Michelin star fine dining in the role of Sous Chef at Winteringham Fields in the heart of Lincolnshire, where he has been based for the last three years.

“I had a real passion for cooking at school and when I looked around Hull College and saw everything that it had to offer in terms of facilities and learning potential, it ticked all the boxes,” he said. “The opportunity to work in HU1 Riverside - as it’s now known - whilst studying was also a big draw for me. I’d never worked in a restaurant before, so it was something that stood out to me and I found the option of doing so very appealing.

“I enjoyed all aspects of my time at college. My experiences there taught me the key skills required to work in the industry. Everything you learn really does stick with you throughout your career. The tutors were a big part of it for me as well. They made the whole experience so worthwhile and rewarding. Anyone who asks me about my time at Hull College, I always highlight just how fantastic the tutors were. The support they provide to students is unreal and the help, guidance and advice they gave me is something that I will always be grateful for.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the college, what it offers to students and the tutors. I think having the experience of learning at a college such as Hull College is vital and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to be a chef or embark on a career in catering and hospitality to learn the key skills that will push you on to where you want to be and what you want to achieve.”

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