Female catering student in the kitchen at East Durham College's Peterlee Campus

Hospitality & Catering

As one of the fastest growing departments in the College, Hospitality & Catering continues to attract large numbers of students, all passionate about food and hospitality.

The College offers a range of City & Guilds qualifications from entry level to level 3. Courses cover professional cookery, hospitality and leadership & supervision.

Student working in Scene1 Kitchen Apprenticeships in Hospitality & Catering are available and these usually require at least one afternoon/evening session per week in the College to train in areas not covered in the workplace and to include Key/Functional skills training as part of the Apprenticeship framework.

Also on offer are part time afternoon/evening courses in Professional Cookery or Food Service for those either considering a career or looking to expand their career options if already in the industry. We also offer City & Guilds Food Safety qualifications.

State-of-the-art Catering Facilities & Scene1

The College provides students with a great place to learn with two state-of-the-art commercial kitchens. All the equipment is of the highest quality and that which you would expect to work with in industry once qualify. All the food is high quality local fresh produce.

Students also gain real work experience through the College’s own restaurant, Scene1, and catering for a number of internal and external events.

Scene1 Resturant, East Durham College, Peterlee, interior Scene1 is a fantastic bistro style eatery and reflects the quality and high level of standards demanded of by our master-chefs in the making. A coffee shop style service and takeaway has also been introduced to reflect today’s style of hospitality service and further broaden student experiences.

Students also get to organise and run theme nights in Scene1, such as French Nights and Valentine's Day special events. These continue to be a success both for the students involved and the diners lucky enough to have been able to reserve a table.

For more details, please check out the Scene1 Restaurant page of our website. And please join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Scene1Restaurant

Students have the valuable opportunity to access external and internal work placements to help broaden horizons and experience.

Taster Sessions

To help students decide if catering is for them, the Hospitality & Catering Department offer taster sessions, upon request, to potential students so they can come into the College and spend half a day with the kitchen or restaurant service team to provide a taste of what the courses entail.

To find out more about the taster sessions, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222 and ask to speak to one of the Catering Team. 

For general full time or part time course enquires, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

To see full details on each of our catering and hospitality courses, run at the Peterlee Campus in County Durham, please click on any of the courses listed below.

Available full and part time course(s) listed below:

The full time courses listed below are for the academic year 2019/20, starting September 2019. For part-time courses please see the start date within the course page itself.

Employment Stats & Facts In This Sector

Infographic detailing key employment stats in catering services, these details can be found in the career coach section of our website