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Food Preparation and Cooking NVQ Level 1

  • Overview of the course

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    This course is ideal if you are looking to follow a career path in catering and hospitality. You will be able to learn, develop and practice the skills required for employment in the catering & hospitality sector. Many of our learners come to study with us because they get to work in one of the best facilities in the country with our state of the art production kitchens and restaurant. You will work in a realistic working environment that allows you to cook for the public. We have a very experienced skilled team of lecturers who are industry trained who will help you to succeed and prepare you for employment in your chosen career. Learners from Bolton College have gone on to find employment at Nicks Restaurant, The Victoria Inn, The Lowry Hotel and Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club.
  • What you'll learn

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    You will develop your skills in preparing and cooking: - Meat - Fish - Vegetables - Soups - Desserts - Sauces. You will also complete units in Food Safety, Health & Safety and Teamwork. You will learn practical skills in both the production kitchen and training classes.
  • Entry requirements

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    You will need a minimum of Entry Level 3 in English & Maths. You will also be invited in for an interview.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    This course is structured into units that include the following: - On-going assessments throughout the year. - At the end of each unit there is a multi-choice test.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    You may need to purchase a uniform, safety shoes and a set of knives depending on your personal circumstances.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    You can contact a member of the team via
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    You need to speak to a member of our Catering Team before you enrol.
  • Course Fees

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    Tuition Fee: £773.00
    Other fees: £50.00
  • Future opportunities

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    After you have successfully completed this course you could progress onto a NVQ Level 2 Food Preparation and Cooking. Alternatively, if you are keen to start earning you could look for various job roles within the catering and hospitality industry.
  • Additional Information

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    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, please call our helpline on 01204 482 000.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must bring their qualification certificates with them to enrolment. Learners will not be able to enrol without this information. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one you need):
    If you are unable to provide certificates you will be asked to complete a self declaration form when you enrol.


    Our Helpline can provide you with general information regarding studying at Bolton College. We also offer advice and guidance meetings to help you decide your next move. Please call 01204 482 000.
    Lines are open :
    • during term time : Monday to Thursday between 8:45am and 7pm (5pm on Fridays)
    • out of term : Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm

    Bolton College endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this document is accurate. All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact email the Customer Services Manager at or alternatively call 01204 482 040 or visit us at Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5BG.

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom on or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, someone in the Learning Centre Reception or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or 01204 482758.

    Enrolment Details

    To enrol at one of our Community Learning Centres or our main Deane Road Campus click here for enrolment times.
  • Disclaimer

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    Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
    Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.
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  • Time:

    09:30 - 17:00
    10.50 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    16 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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