Hospitality and Catering


The Hospitality and Catering industry flourishes in the South West region, with a whole host of venues to choose from. If you have a passion for creating great food and delivering high-quality customer service, our courses will feed that passion and provide you with the skills and experience to take you wherever you want to go!

You will train in our modern, stylish, commercial training kitchens and public restaurant, which will give you real-life experience of working in this exciting and fast-paced industry.

Our experienced lecturers will share their wealth of knowledge to develop your skills and support you through your studies and work experience.

Hospitality and catering is a fast-paced and exciting - take your first step with us into your journey towards becoming a chef or a head waiter/waitress at a top restaurant, or even opening your own catering business or restaurant. Through our industry links, no matter which pathway you choose you’ll have access to some great industry experts and guest sessions.

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We've bundled the best education in the area with career boosted benefits - and are leveraging our contacts as one of the largest Colleges in the country to give you the best possible chance of success.

Through our industry links, no matter which pathway you choose you’ll have access to some great industry experts and guest sessions.

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Level 1

Pre-Technical Certificate in Professional Cookery and Barista

1 Year
Sep 2024
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If you have a passion for food and cooking, this certificate is a perfect introduction to the industry. The course equips you with a strong foundation in the skills and techniques you need, along with an understanding of how a professional kitchen works. Through practical training and theoretical knowledge, you will develop the expertise neede...

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Level 2

Commis Chef, Apprenticeship

13 Months
Aug 2024
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This apprenticeship offers you a unique opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals, produce high-quality dishes, and gain hands-on experience in a fast-paced kitchen environment. Commis chefs work in many settings, including restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and cruise ships. Their role is to support the other chefs by preparing, cooking, ...

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Level 2

Professional Chef, Vocational Technical Diploma

1 Year
Sep 2024
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This programme is perfect if you are an aspiring chef, looking to take your culinary abilities to the next level. The course is specifically designed for chefs who are eager to enhance their skills and advance in their career. Through this programme, you'll have the opportunity to refine your techniques, expand your knowledge, and excel in the...

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Level 2

Professional Hospitality Team Member, Apprenticeship

13 Months
Aug 2024
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As a hospitality team member apprentice, you are stepping into an exciting and dynamic industry that revolves around delivering exceptional guest experiences. This apprenticeship provides you with a unique opportunity to become an integral part of a dedicated team, learning the ins and outs of various departments within hotels, resorts, or res...

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Level 3

Professional Cookery, Advanced Technical Diploma

1 Year
Sep 2024
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This Level 3 Professional Cookery programme will further assist you in developing skills that will be carried with you during your career at the top of the catering industry. You will be cooking complex dishes in demanding and fast paced kitchens, to help you perform your best even when under pressure. Teamwork and effective communication skil...

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All of the hospitality and catering courses are based in the Grove, our kitchen and restaurant at the Knightstone Campus, which includes:

  • State-of-the-art training kitchen, giving you a real industry experience
  • Commercial cafe and restaurant, serving hot and cold drinks, breakfast, lunch and three-course dinners to staff, students and the public - ensuring you get real-life front of house experience
  • The opportunity to take part in monthly masterclasses which are opportunities to meet and learn from Michelin star chefs, artisans including bakers, butchers and fishmongers, plus trips to growers where you can learn from some of the South West’s most exciting food producers.

Dan Flannagan

Liberation Group (Butcombe)

"Weston College has a superb set up and our partnership will provide a huge benefit for us as a business to develop future talent....

But also for learners to gain vital experience and develop the skills needed for industry."   

Why study Hospitality and Catering with Weston College?

Across the UK the hospitality sector is growing. The demand for skilled hospitality and catering professionals is high, and a qualification in this subject area could lead you to a successful career in the industry. 

The jobs available are very diverse. You could find yourself working in a commercial kitchen, a restaurant, a hotel, at an event venue, or one of the many thousands of other roles within the sector. 

You'll have clear progression opportunities. The hospitality and catering industry has plenty of progression opportunities. You can start at Level 1 and work your way up, opening up more opportunities and accessing the highest-paid jobs. 

Our courses are different. Through our industry links, no matter which pathway you choose you'll have access to some great industry experts and guest sessions.

Why Become a Chef?

Find out more about training programme nurturing the catering and hospitality professionals of the future.


Meet our team

Sandra Bull

Director of Faculty Service Sectors

Debbie Palmer

Chef Lecturer

Pete Goodship

Curriculum Co-ordinator

Grant Spencer

Chef Lecturer

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I couldn’t have asked for better support during my time at Weston College. My teachers and tutors have been amazing, and the professional training kitchens are above and beyond what I expected.

Professional Cookery Advanced Diploma


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<p>My name is Ben Hoskin, and I am the Chief Operating Officer of <a href="">Regency Purchasing Group</a>. I’ve worked here since 2009, and was appointed into this role in 2022. I also lead the UK’s largest network of field-based procurement managers.</p><p>For 20 years, Regency Purchasing Group have been helping businesses across the UK reduce their costs by leveraging the value of their collective spend. We work with over 170 local and national suppliers to support more than 5,000 businesses delivering savings of between 8-14% across all buying categories. However, we do so much more than just saving businesses time and money…</p><p>As sustainability continues to grow in significance on the global agenda, we’re helping more and more organisations align their procurement to unlock supply chain sustainability benefits and reduce the impact on social, environment and economic factors.</p><p>We will be working with Weston College, in particular the <a href="… and Catering</a> department and the <a href="">Grove</a&gt;, to review their supply chain and identify ways in which the college can decrease emissions to achieve their ambition to become Net Zero.</p><p>We’ve already completed a full purchasing audit which has presented over 11% of cost savings, and next we’ll be reviewing waste and recycling processes and contracts.</p><p>We’ll also be introducing our market-leading technology solutions to provide the college with full control of their purchasing, as well as providing staff and students with access to MenuIQ, our menu, allergen and nutrition management system. The functionality within this system will allow students to effectively develop their menus, manage menu costs and understand the importance of allergen and ingredient management and compliance. The MenuIQ platform has been built by an in-house team of software specialists and as part of the partnership with the college, we intend to invite students to provide user feedback which will be considered for future development and new feature releases.</p><p>For the college, there are multiple drivers for why this is will create a positive impact, including cost reduction through reduced energy costs, reduced over-specification, reduced consumption, reduced wastage as well as reduced social and environmental compliance costs.</p><p>Sustainability also comes with risk reduction benefits – it reduces the potential negative financial impact on brand value from using unsustainable products or working with suppliers using unsustainable practices, as well as non-compliance with environmental regulations.</p><p>There will also be opportunity for the college to increase revenue by charging more for eco-friendly products, as well as possible income streams from incentivised recycling and waste management programmes.</p><p>Net zero is the best way we can tackle climate change; the actions we take in the next 10 years to limit emissions will be critical to the future of the planet, so it’s hugely important that businesses and individuals work together to reduce the carbon we produce.</p><p>As a national business with roots in Weston-super-Mare, we’re delighted to be supporting such a progressive local business. I am confident that our partnership will go from strength to strength, leaving no stone unturned.</p><p><em>- Ben Hoskin, Regency Purchasing Group</em></p>

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<p><a href="">Mollie’s Motel and Diner</a> have just been welcomed as Future Talent Business Partners of Weston College, in association with the <a href="… and Hospitality Career Excellence Hub (CEH)</a>. The <a href="">CEH</a&gt; allows learners to take part in many career boosting benefits, and work alongside professionals to pick up skills and knowledge to impress employers looking to recruit the best talent.</p><p>Mollie’s is a growing family of motel-diners with big ambitions. In spirit, Mollie’s was born in America – an offspring of the classic roadside motel and drive-in diner, a welcome stopover on a route to somewhere. They borrowed the inviting red neon signs and the easy-going vibe, the burgers, the shakes, the bottomless coffee, a dash of nostalgia, but there’s nothing old-school about Mollie’s. Expect innovative digital check-in, EV chargers, designer rooms with a fresh Soho House look and affordable prices.</p><p>Mollie’s reached out to Weston College as part of their career pathways project, hoping for support in their current team’s growth and development, as well as an exciting welcome into the hospitality industry. The company as a whole want to support their people, the communities they serve, and playing a part to reinvigorate the industry.</p><p>Trudi Parr, People and Development lead from Mollie’s, spoke about what being part of the Career Excellence Hub means to them: “The Career Excellence Hub helps us provide additional support and structure and gives us an additional platform to reach and enrich the future lives of people joining the hospitality sector and at Mollie’s.</p><p>“We want all our team to have a clear career pathway and for us to be able to provide the tools that enable this. Being part of the Career Excellence Hub will help us achieve our goal and promise our team the investment and support in building a longstanding career.”</p><p>Once the CEH has been fully embedded into Mollie’s career pathways programme, drop in events will be held for their own team, as well as external events for freshers’ and apprenticeships, to engage with as many people as they can. Trudi explained, “We have a responsibility to invest in the future of hospitality employees and we are looking forward to working with our partners at the career excellence hub to do this.</p><p>“We encourage other businesses considering it, to join us! It gives the opportunity to reinvent the narrative, support the development of talent and support the community in an industry that we love.”</p><p>Sandra Bull, the Dean of Faculty of Service Sectors, commented, “We are so thrilled that Mollie’s has joined our Hospitality and Catering Career Excellence Hub. Our mission statement is ‘creating brighter futures’ and we passionately believe in helping all our students reach their ultimate goal, focussing on their future employability and developing the skills they will need to have a successful career, and we are confident that Mollie’s will be able to support our learners in this way. We’re so excited to see what happens from this partnership.”</p><p><a href="">If you’d like to learn more about the Career Excellence Hub, click here!</a></p>

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<p>Starting out on a new career path is one of the most exciting things a young person can ever do. The learning of new skills, meeting new people in all sorts of different jobs, going to new places, and embracing what’s to come. At Thatchers we really appreciate what an important step taking on a new career is, and through our Early Careers Programme one of the most important things we can do is listen, encourage and offer the best training around.</p>

<p>We know that we have a huge responsibility to make sure you’re receiving the best advice, the best mentoring, and the best opportunities. And we’re helping you unlock your future.</p>

<p>We’re so lucky at Thatchers to be able to offer a range of <a href="">apprenticesh…; and <a href="">t…; all based here at Myrtle Farm. Whatever your skill set, whatever your ambitions, come and talk to us. Give it a go - we’d love to hear from you.</p>

<p>Our apprentices have learned how to be cider makers, how to care for our orchards, and how to be part of our successful commercial team. Every day is different at Myrtle Farm, and if we ask our apprentices what they’ve got out of being part of the Thatchers family, we hear words such as confidence, self-esteem, skills, getting the best of both worlds, experience – and a career within a growing, successful company.</p>

<p>If hospitality is where you see your future, then we’ve got some great opportunities at our beautiful pub and restaurant, The Railway Inn, here in Sandford.</p>

<p>Through our brand new<a href=""&gt; traineeships</a> we’ve set up with Weston College, we’re now able to offer more opportunities at The Railway Inn – what could be a better way to learn and develop your skills within hospitality and catering.</p>

<p>Are you a creative and see yourself using your flair and technical skills as part of a dynamic kitchen team? Or do you have a love for meeting and greeting new people, offering the highest levels of customer service, and experiencing the buzz and excitement of working at events?</p>

<p>If you’re following a <a href="… course at Weston College</a>, we’d love to hear from you. Being a part of our traineeship could lead to a full-time position with Thatchers, or perhaps could lead to one of our award-winning apprenticeships.</p>

<p>We’ve currently got positions for a Trainee Commis Chef, working closely with our head chef James and his brilliant team. We looking for someone who can work in a fast paced and high pressured environment, and who has a flair and passion for delivering high standards of food. Or are you someone who would thrive in a public facing role that requires good initiative and attentiveness towards providing top quality service to every single customer. If so, then one of our front of house roles working with Leigh and her enthusiastic and passionate team may be for you.</p>

<p>We know these are more than just jobs. They could be your future. So we’ll be running skills workshops, masterclasses and a host of other training opportunities that will complement your college learning, and will form the basis of an exciting future within the hospitality industry.</p>

<p><a href="">Check out our website</a>, or chat to <a href="">Weston College Recruitment team</a>. We look forward to being a part of your future!</p>

<p><em>-&nbsp;Emma Cox, Thatchers Cider&nbsp;</em></p>

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