Level 1 / 2 Award in Hospitality and Catering

These qualifications are designed for learners aged 14-16 who wish to gain an understanding of the Hospitality and Catering Industry.

The qualifications will allow learners to:

  • Develop a range of transferable skills within the Hospitality and Catering Industry
  • Engage in a range of practical food based activities
  • Understand the importance of customer satisfaction
  • Prepare learners for entry into the workplace
  • Develop creativity and innovative thinking

Learners will engage in a study of types of catering outlets, hygiene and safety, how to prepare and present food, how to manage hospitality events, how to plan menus and the impact of Hospitality and Catering on the environment.

Learners will acquire skills through practical activities in a simulated work environment, individual practical tasks, demonstrations, visiting outlets, use of textbooks and group activities in a simulated environment.

Assessment is through an on-line examination and an internal practical assessment in Year 11. From this course, learners may progress to Level 3 Food, Science and Nutrition, Day release college courses and training in hospitality outlets.

As a career, learners can aspire to management positions in restaurants, hotels and leisure attractions, senior positions in food preparation/service/accommodation, transport catering, opportunities to work abroad, training and environmental health.

Aims of the course

The Welsh Baccalaureate combines experiences and projects that help you to develop as an individual, and will equip you for your next steps – for work, university and for life. The Welsh Baccalaureate has a strong focus on building your strengths and you will be encouraged to think and study independently.

What will I study? – Course Outline

The Welsh Baccalaureate is made up of two parts which are the Skills Challenge Certificate and the Supporting Qualifications.*

The Skills Challenge Certificate is what is taught during timetabled Welsh Baccalaureate lessons. During these lessons pupils develop essential skills whilst following a supportive, engaging and challenging scheme of work.  The Skills Challenge Certificate is made up of four different challenges, which are:

  • The Enterprise and Employability Challenge (20%)
  • The Global Citizenship Challenge (15%)
  • The Community Challenge (15%)
  • The individual project (50%)

Within these four challenges pupils will be assessed on a range of different essential employability skills which include:

  • Digital literacy
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Planning and organisations
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Communication
  • Numeracy

How will I learn? What skills will I acquire?

The Welsh Baccalaureate builds pupils’ confidence in the essential skills and then puts them in ‘real’ situations where these skills are tested. Every challenge culminates in assessed activities which are outlined below:

Global Citizenship – Year 10 pupils raise awareness of a current global issue by creating and developing a raising awareness activity that they present in front of Year 7 pupils. Year 12 pupils take part in a Global Conference at the University of South Wales, where they present their solutions to current global issues in front of an audience.

Community Challenge – Year 10 and 12 pupils plan, organise and conduct coaching sessions to develop the skills of other pupils at Hawthorn High School. Year 10 work with Year 7 pupils for 10 hours whereas Year 12 pupils work with GCSE pupils for 30 hours.

Enterprise and Employability Challenge – Year 10 and 12 pupils are given the opportunity to create and develop a new product/innovation before pitching their ideas before our panel of ‘Dragons.’

Individual Project – This is a research based project which challenges pupils to utilise all of the skills they have developed through the previous challenges. Pupils can write their research project on a topic of their choice.

How will I be assessed?

There is no examination but instead you will be required to pass every element of the Skills Challenge Certificate plus achieve your five supporting qualifications which include English Language and Maths (Numeracy) GCSE.

Each of the four Skills Challenge Certificates is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction and it is the combination of these grades that will dictate your final overall grade.

This combination of individual outcomes for each of the four components will determines if the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate is awarded at National or Foundation level.

The final grades are awarded at A*-C for the National Skills Challenge Certificate and Foundation Pass or Foundation Pass.*

Progression following this course. What’s next?

The central focus of the Welsh Baccalaureate at Key Stage 4 is to provide 14-16 year olds with the opportunity to consolidate and develop essential and employability skills so pupils following the Welsh Baccalaureate will be prepared for either employment or further study.

Pupils get experience of the real world, and learn how to apply theoretical skills in practical situations.

Future career opportunities

The broad and diverse nature of the Welsh Baccalaureate ensures pupils have transferable skills.

“Welsh Baccalaureate students’ skills, combined with their subject expertise, will better prepare them for study at degree level. They will also, through their work and community experience, bring a new level of employment and civic awareness which they will be able to apply to their studies”

Dr Hywel Davies, Head of Admissions and Recruitment, University of Aberystwyth

* The Supporting Qualifications consist of the other subjects you are studying in Year 10 & 11. You will need to pass a minimum of 5 GCSE grade C or above for the National and a minimum of five GCSE grade A*-G for Foundation level to achieve the Welsh Baccalaureate. These GCSE qualifications must include GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy. Two of the other three qualifications can be equivalents (BTECS).