VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality Industry Skills - Food Service

Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: AT20464 GLH: 119 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/6956/9 Units: 5 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 2 Minimum Credits: 15

Additional Information

Primary Outcome

The primary outcome of the VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality Industry Skills - Food Service is to prepare you to enter the hospitality industry working in the food service sector.

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality Industry Skills - Food Service is a vocationally related qualification aimed at learners aged 16+ who want to gain employment in the food service sector. There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

This qualification does not form part of an apprenticeship and is the only bar service specific qualification offered by VTCT.


This qualification introduces the knowledge and understanding of food service and will develop technical skills needed to successfully start a career in the food service sector. You will have your food service skills and knowledge assessed in a workplace or realistic working environment.

You will be required to demonstrate your skills at serving food and drinks in a variety of settings including silver service and table service. You will learn about the importance of a safe, hygienic and secure working environment, how to work as part of a team, how to apply for a job and prepare for a successful interview.

This is a vocationally related qualification and includes all the required elements to develop your practical skills. The five mandatory units include customer service in the hospitality industry, safe, hygienic and secure working environments in hospitality, drinks service, food service and workplace skills.

Assessment can be carried out in a number of different ways including observations, role play, reports, written work or professional discussions. You can use the Record of Assessment book to track your achievement.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will prepare you to enter the hospitality industry working in the food service sector. On successful completion of this qualification you could also progress directly into employment as waiting staff or trainee assistant manager in a variety of settings:
- Events e.g. conference/banqueting
- Cafes
- Cruise ships
- Restaurants
- Bistros and Brasseries
- Pubs
- Bars
- Clubs e.g. sports clubs, private members clubs
- Nightclubs

You could also choose to progress onto an apprenticeship in Food and Beverage Service.

Who supports this qualification?

The Institute of Hospitality recognise this qualification as being fit for purpose to prepare you for employment within the food service sector.

Qualification Structure

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 5 components and earn a minimum of 15 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV11049 J/502/4898 Customer service in the hospitality industry 1 3 20
UV11063 R/600/0615 Safe, hygienic and secure working environments in hospitality 1 2 16
UV21489 D/504/4607 Drinks service 2 2 15
UV21495 T/504/4581 Food service 2 6 50
UV21497 A/504/4579 Workplace skills 2 2 18

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


*To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

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 Name Telephone Website Location
Milton Keynes College 01908 637238 Visit website Buckinghamshire - Milton Keynes
Truro - Penwith College 01736 335000 Visit website Cornwall
The Manchester College - Openshaw Campus 01785 774100 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Manchester College - Wythenshawe 0161 909 6655 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Guernsey College of Further Education 01481 737500 Visit website Guernsey
Springboard Training and Development Centre +1 758 450 0198 Visit website Saint Lucia
CitySmart Hospitality Management +8424 3728 6161 Visit website Vietnam
Coleg Cambria - Deeside Campus 0300 303 0007 Visit website Flintshire
Gower College Swansea 01792 284049 Visit website Swansea