Food Preparation and Service (7178)

Last Updated: 14 Apr 2021

The Level 2 Technical Certificate in Food Preparation and Service (360) has been developed for learners who would like to work in the food preparation and service sector.  

You may have already undertaken the City & Guilds Level 2 
Technical Award in Cookery and Service for the Hospitality Industry. However, it is not necessary to have achieved any prior hospitality and catering qualifications.  

This qualification is designed to help you enter employment as a Kitchen/Catering Assistant or a Food and Beverage Service Assistant, or alternatively is aimed at learners that are looking to start a career in the hospitality and catering industry. Learners could progress into employment, onto an Apprenticeship, or further their studies by taking other qualifications at Level 3.

The Level 2 Technical Certificate is aimed at learners aged 16 – 18; 19+.

Available to deliver in the following:
  • England

Interested in delivering this qualification?

Find out more about how to become an approved City & Guilds centre or fill out our online customer application form

General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

This qualification covers knowledge and skills you will need to progress to further learning and training, or to enter work in the Food Preparation and Service sector.  

You will learn how:  

  • the hospitality industry is structured and functions
  • to prepare savoury products
  • to prepare sweet products
  • to prepare beverages
  • to serve food and beverages to customers
  • to work safely and hygienically.
What Careers Can This Lead To?

This qualification will prepare you for employment in roles such as:

  • Kitchen/catering assistant
  • Food and beverage assistant

You are likely to be able to find work with a variety of employers in the hospitality industry, such as:

  • Chain/branded restaurants or outlets
  • Cafes/coffee shops
  • Chain pubs or bars
  • Budget hotels or bed and breakfasts
  • Retailers (e.g. department stores)
  • Public sector catering (e.g. schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, care homes)
  • Employers’ staff restaurants
  • Holiday parks and resorts
  • Event caterers (e.g. sports events, music festivals).
What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

To deliver these qualifications, centres/colleges will need to provide their learners with a suitable learning environment and the resources they need to complete the practical and theoretical aspects of the qualification.

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

Level 2

Level 2 Technical Certificate in Food Preparation and Service (450) (7178-20)
Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2023

Level 2 Technical Certificate in Food Preparation and Service (450)

  • Accreditation No: 603/0360/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Technical This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 450 - 450 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: 720 The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: 5 This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2025 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
  • Performance table: Data unavailable This is the year in which this qualification will count towards English performance tables

Here you can find all documents related to this suite of qualifications.

By clicking on the section headings below, you can access a variety of documents such as the qualification handbooks and assessment materials, Statements of Purpose, and recognition letters from industry and employers.

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Interested in delivering this qualification?

Find out more about how to become an approved City & Guilds centre or fill out our online customer application form

7178 Level 2