Hospitality and Catering - Level 1 (7131)

Last Updated: 21 Jun 2016
Want to get started in the hospitality industry? You might want to work as a chef, kitchen assistant, housekeeper, waitress or hotel receptionist. Whatever area you're interested in, we have an introductory Certificate in Hospitality to suit you.
A Certificate in Hospitality is for anyone new to hospitality work. You probably won't have any experience. You might still be at school or college.

You don't need a job or work placement to take these qualifications - but if you have one you can often learn on the job.

Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

You can choose from four different qualifications:

Certificate in Accommodation Services
You'll gain the skills to work in a hotel, B&B or other accommodation service - perhaps in reception or housekeeping. You can choose the things you cover, from making beds to sorting mail.

Certificate in Food and Beverage Service
You'll gain the skills to serve food and drinks in restaurants, pubs, bars or other outlets. You'll develop confidence in keeping things clean and tidy and giving great customer service.

Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking
You'll gain the skills to work in a kitchen - from storing food hygienically to cooking simple dishes. You could go on to work in any professional kitchen, perhaps in a hotel, restaurant or school.

Certificate in Hospitality Services
If you haven't made your mind up yet, this is the qualification for you. You can choose your focus as you go, perhaps in serving, cooking, reception work, housekeeping or administration.

You can take these hospitality qualifications with a training provider - perhaps at a local college - or as part of your on-the-job training at work.

To gain an NVQ, you need to show you've got a particular set of skills. You usually work with your training provider to review your current skills and find the best way to gain new ones - perhaps by trying new things at work, or by studying.

NVQs are assessed at work or in a simulated workplace. For each unit your assessor watches and asks questions as you perform a task, or looks at a portfolio of work that you've built as formal evidence of your learning. Then they confirm you've got the skills to do the job well.

Is this Level right for me?

Level 1
This Level is ideal if you're just starting out - you might still be at school (aged 14+) or starting your first hospitality job. You want a good basic understanding of hospitality work, enough to succeed in a job or move on to further study.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

These Certificates in Hospitality can get you started in lots of hospitality roles, for example: 

  • Hotel receptionist
  • Room attendant
  • Chef 
  • Waiter or Waitress

They're also a great foundation for further training. After earning your certificate you can move on to a whole range of Level 2 qualifications, for example:

  • Diploma in Professional Cookery
  • Diploma (NVQ) in Hospitality
  • Diploma in Professional Food and Beverage Service
  • Certificate in Professional Patisserie and Confectionary
  • Award in Barista Skills
  • Award in Professional Bartending (Cocktails)

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

To deliver an NVQ, you need qualified assessors - you can train internal members of staff or recruit specially.

To find all the resource requirements, download the qualification handbooks from the centre documents section.

You'll need to provide learners with a realistic work environment or assess them at their workplace.

You'll assess learners on a portfolio of evidence. You'll be guided by criteria from City & Guilds and the People 1st assessment strategy.

Anyone can take this qualification, but you must make sure all your learners can access the resources they need to complete it.

Level 1

Level 1 will suit you if you're just starting out - you might still be at school (aged 14+) or starting your first hospitality job. You want a good basic understanding of hospitality work, enough to succeed in a job or move on to further study.
There are four qualifications to choose from at this level:
  • Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Accommodation Services (7131-01)
  • Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (7131-02)
  • Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking (7131-03)
  • Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Hospitality Services (7131-04).
Depending on the qualification you choose, you complete between two and four mandatory units, including:
  • Maintenance of a safe, hygienic and secure working environment
  • Working effectively as part of a hospitality team.
You also complete a number of optional units from a wide range depending on your area of specialism. For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

These Certificates in Hospitality can get you started in lots of hospitality roles, for example: 

  • Hotel receptionist
  • Room attendant
  • Chef 
  • Waiter or Waitress

They're also a great foundation for further training. After earning your certificate you can move on to a whole range of Level 2 qualifications, for example:

  • Diploma in Professional Cookery
  • Diploma (NVQ) in Hospitality
  • Diploma in Professional Food and Beverage Service
  • Certificate in Professional Patisserie and Confectionary
  • Award in Barista Skills
  • Award in Professional Bartending (Cocktails)

Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Food & Beverage Service (QCF) (7131-02)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2019

Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Food & Beverage Service (QCF)

  • Accreditation No: 500/9867/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 19 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 159 - 170 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Food Preparation & Cooking (QCF) (7131-03)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2019

Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Food Preparation & Cooking (QCF)

  • Accreditation No: 500/9797/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 18 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 147 - 156 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Hospitality Services (QCF) (7131-04)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2019

Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Hospitality Services (QCF)

  • Accreditation No: 501/0003/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 18 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 142 - 157 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

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