The GCSE Hospitality and Catering specification offers a unique opportunity for pupils to develop their knowledge and extend their skills within Catering with both written and practical work. It is a suitable qualification for those who want a broad background in this area and for those who wish to progress to further education, there is no expectation that pupils have to follow a college course in this area. It will offer valuable preparation for those entering the world of work as it covers, budgeting, stock control, the use of ICT in the business world plus many other useful topics.
The course content encourages the investigation and study of catering in a variety of settings and uses a range of assessment techniques to enable the pupils to respond through practical and investigative work.
Assessment is carried out through written and practical work. There are two course work tasks carried out, one in Year 10 worth 20% of the final grade and one in year 11 worth 40% of the final grade, each task has written and practical elements. There is a written exam at the end of the course worth 40% of the final grade.
Extra-curricular activities in Catering
There are opportunities for pupils to work after school on completion of work or there are occasions where they will be invited to course work sessions.
Where Catering can take you
A GCSE in Catering would help gain employment in the many areas of the catering and hospitality industry including, hotel management, private catering, restaurants, event catering, public sector catering i.e. hospitals and schools or catering in the Armed Forces.