Hospitality

Hospitality is a varied and exciting area from the Travel, Leisure, Tourism and Hospitality business sector.  There are many different aspects to Hospitality from front of house, kitchen, housekeeping, reception, maintenance, events and human resources.  In each area there are a range of jobs varying from basic operatives to managerial positions.  Being located in the South West is an advantage, as Hospitality is a major employer and there are always many full and part time employment opportunities locally,  but also further afield, for example in the armed forces and on cruise ships.  In addition Plymouth College and University offer a variety of courses that students can progress onto having studied Hospitality.

Currently it is possible to study GCSE Hospitality at Key Stage four.  In year 10 this his involves learning about the industry and developing a range of practical skills in addition to achieving a food safety level 2 qualification.  In year 11 the students will work together to research, plan and execute an event and then evaluate the success of it.  This allows the students to apply all the skills learnt in year 10.  The coursework accounts for 60% of the overall GCSE grade.  In addition there is a written examination which accounts for 40%.

It is possible to study a BTEC Level 3 in Hospitality over two years.  This qualification will allow you to build upon existing knowledge and skills.  Students will learn about the industry in detail, customer service, European food, food and drink service, human resources and planning and managing large scale events. The course consists currently of 100% coursework and evidence is presented in a variety of ways e.g. photos, observation of performance, written report, presentations and leaflets.

There are a variety of trips to include visits to local businesses such as Beefeater, Holiday Inn, Boringdon Hall, Harvestor and Copthorne.  There is an annual trip organised to London with Travel and Tourism, where a number of major tourist attractions are visited in addition to experiencing hospitality in a hotel, on a train and at various food and drink outlets in London.  All of these allow the students to use evidence gained from first-hand experience in their coursework.

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