VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Food, Beverage and Professional Cookery Studies

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Qualification Information

VTCT Product CodeAT20502
Qualification Number601/2105/1
Level2
GLH321 - 330
Units12 - 30
Minimum Credits49
Age Restriction16+
Registration End Date31/07/2018

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Who is this qualification for?



The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Food, Beverage and Professional Cookery Studies (QCF) is a substantial vocational qualification for learners seeking a career in the hospitality industry who may not yet have decided which area they would like to specialise in, that is professional cookery or food and beverage service. This qualification is based on Hospitality National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the Institute of Hospitality as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for employment in the industry.

Why is this qualification most suitable?



This qualification is specifically for those learners committed to a career in the hospitality industry but who have not yet made up their mind whether to work in food and beverage service or professional cookery. This qualification will develop the knowledge and skills of learners across the breadth of hospitality. By including a range of optional units learners can select those that will give them the knowledge and skills needed to meet the needs of local employers, reflect the types of businesses within the locality as well as allow learners to broaden their skills and knowledge.

What does this qualification cover?



This qualification has been specifically designed for the 16-19 age group and develops the essential knowledge and skills to prepare learners for employment across the breadth of the hospitality industry. Learners will work in, and have their food and beverage and cookery skills assessed in a 'real' or realistic working environment.

This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively in food and beverage service or in a kitchen. The mandatory units are: health and safety in catering and hospitality, food safety in catering, legislation in food and beverage service, prepare and cook meat and offal, prepare and cook fish and shellfish, prepare and cook fruit and vegetables, prepare and cook poultry, principles of customer service in hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism, giving customers a positive impression, food service and investigate the catering and hospitality industry.

Learners will further develop their knowledge and skills by selecting a number of optional specialist units which include: principles of promoting additional services or products to customers, barista skills, produce biscuit, cake and sponge products, catering operations, costs and menu planning and healthier food and special diets - the full list of optional units is presented in the learner record of assessment book (RoA) (specification). This qualification's structure provides learners with the flexibility to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills depending upon their interests and local employment opportunities.

This qualification is specifically for those learners committed to a career in the hospitality industry but who have not yet made up their mind whether to work in food and beverage service or professional cookery. This qualification will develop the knowledge and skills of learners across the breadth of hospitality. By including a range of optional units learners can select those that will give them the knowledge and skills needed to meet the needs of local employers, reflect the types of businesses within the locality as well as allow learners to broaden their skills and knowledge. Whereas the Professional Cookery qualifications and the Food and Beverage qualifications are designed for learners who have a clear career goal of working as a professional chef or within the food and beverage service industry.

What could this qualification lead to?



Career opportunities exist in a variety of contexts, including:
- Waiting staff in a restaurant/cafe/coffee shop/pub/bar/cruise liner
- Trainee chef/cook in a restaurant/cafe/coffee shop/pub

Whilst this qualification may support entry to employment via an apprenticeship, learners may choose to further develop their knowledge, skills and employment prospects by undertaking a Technical Level qualification at Level 3, these include:

- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery (Kitchen and Larder) (QCF)
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Food and Beverage Service Supervision (QCF)

Qualification Structure*


Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 11 units and earn a minimum of 43 credits.

Unit CodeUnit Ref.Unit TitleLevelCreditsGLH
UV21080A/601/2144Prepare and cook meat and offal2860
UV21082D/500/8934Investigate the catering and hospitality industry2420
UV21086D/600/0617Giving customers a positive impression2218
UV21093F/600/4269Legislation in food and beverage service2212
UV21095F/601/2159Prepare and cook fish and shellfish2540
UV21096H/500/8935Health and safety in catering and hospitality2312
UV21097H/502/0132Food safety in catering219
UV21137M/601/2142Prepare and cook fruit and vegetables2640
UV21152T/600/1059Principles of customer service in hospitality leisure travel and tourism2110
UV21159Y/601/2152Prepare and cook poultry2540
UV21495T/504/4581Food service2650

Optional - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 1 units and earn a minimum of 6 credits.

Unit CodeUnit Ref.Unit TitleLevelCreditsGLH
UV11070Y/600/0616Effective teamwork1219
UV11422L/601/5016Provide a counter and takeaway service1330
UV21078A/600/4271Principles of beverage product knowledge2434
UV21079A/601/2130Catering operations, costs and menu planning2640
UV21081A/601/6503Produce biscuit, cake and sponge products2428
UV21094F/600/4272Service of hot beverages2534
UV21114J/600/8243Barista skills2220
UV21115J/601/2163Prepare and cook rice, pasta, grains and egg dishes2620
UV21116J/601/6505Produce fermented dough products2428
UV21117K/500/8936Healthier food and special diets217
UV21128L/600/4274Handling payments and maintaining the payment point2324
UV21129L/601/6506Produce hot and cold desserts and puddings2324
UV21131M/502/8296Principles of providing a buffet and carvery service216
UV21136M/601/2139Prepare and cook stocks, soups and sauces2640
UV21146T/500/8938Applying workplace skills2325
UV21153T/600/4270Menu knowledge and design2321
UV21156Y/502/8311Principles of promoting additional services or products to customers2210
UV21160Y/601/6508Produce paste products2320
UV21489D/504/4607Drinks service2215

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.

Centres approved to run this qualification


VTCT accredits centres to offer our qualifications, but cannot advise which centres are running particular courses at any time. Please contact the centre directly to find out if they currently offering your chosen qualification.


NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.


Centre NameTelephoneWebsiteLocation
Truro - Penwith College01736 335000http://www.truro-penwithcollege.ac.uk/Cornwall
Furness College01229 825017http://www.furness.ac.ukCumbria
Cirencester College01285 626208http://www.cirencester.ac.ukGloucestershire
Basingstoke College of Technology01256 354141http://www.bcot.ac.ukHampshire
Eastleigh College023 8091 1028http://www.eastleigh.ac.ukHampshire
North Kent College - Gravesend01322 629400http://www.northkent.ac.ukKent
West Lancashire College01695 52300http://www.westlancs.ac.ukLancashire
Southport College01704 500606http://www.southport-college.ac.ukMerseyside - Sefton
Nottingham University Samworth Academy0115 929 1492Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
Guildford College of Further and Higher Education01483 448500http://www.guildford.ac.ukSurrey
Wakefield College01924 789789http://www.wakefield.ac.ukWest Yorkshire - Wakefield
Guernsey College of Further Education01481 737500Guernsey
Bridgend College01656 302302http://www.bridgend.ac.ukBridgend
Coleg Cambria - Deeside Campus0300 30 30 007http://www.cambria.ac.ukFlintshire
Coleg Cambria - Yale Campus01978 311 794http://www.cambria.ac.ukWrexham

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