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Catering and Hospitality

Gain the skills you need to thrive in culinary arts and hospitality management.

Catering staff member helping student

Begin your Career

Our courses can help you progress into a range of different such as:

  • Corporate Caterer
  • Hotelier
  • Chef
  • Hospitality
  • Events Manager

Throughout your course you will take part in industry placements, to ensure you have the relevant skills and experience to progress into the Catering and Hospitality sector.

Catering student taking shepherds pie out of the oven

Get Industry Experience Whilst at College

Get to grips with professional service as you serve lunch to staff and students from our refectory every week. Our Catering team are also tasked with providing food for our events throughout the year, giving you vital industry experience.

Catering staff memeber working with hot plates

Learn in our Professional Training Kitchen

You will learn culinary skills and techniques from chefs in our industry-standard preparation kitchens. Our students learn how to create and prepare menus with a focus on sustainability.

Catering student preparing food

How you apply for a course at Ashford College

Step 1 – Find a subject you’re interested in

Explore our courses online and see the wide range of academic opportunities that are available to you.

Step 2 – Apply

Apply through our online application system for the department you are choosing.

Step 3 – Come to an interview

Come along to EKC Ashford College to meet our team, explore our facilities and see which course is right for you.

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Career prospects

Example:
Kitchen and Catering Assistants
£
£18,720
Annual pay
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.
Role description
Workers in this unit group assist in the preparation and service of food and beverages in restaurants, cafés and other eating establishments, and perform various cleaning, fetching and carrying tasks.
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Catering student making a rice dish.

“Studying Level 1 Catering at Ashford College has helped me with working in a team. I had struggled with this previously, but I am confident that I have now improved significantly.”

Steven
Level 1 Hospitality & Catering
Catering student dishing up food

“The Catering courses at Ashford College have helped me a lot in terms of skills. I hope that this course will help me to run my own restaurant in the future, using all the practical experiences that we have learnt.”

Devon
Level 2 Professional Cookery
Catering student checking the temprature

“This course has helped me boost my skills, for example I am more confident now and have enjoyed taking part in events. I hope that this will help me in the future in my catering career.”

Poppy
Level 2 Professional Cookery

We’re part of six community-based colleges

Our mission is to play a leading role for East Kent in developing the economic and social prosperity of the diverse communities we serve.