At The Bee Hive one of the several vocational pathways available to young learners is within the Hospitality and Catering sector. Learners who choose this pathway will experience a mixture of classroom based theory work requiring evidence to be completed and compiled; as well as both on-site practical experience within The Bee Hive kitchen, Café and Retail shop along with off-site practicing cooking skills at Northgate School Arts College with food technology lead Trudy Chamberlain.
Hospitality and Catering at The Bee Hive aims to help students to develop a range of skills and enhance learners confidence within a variety of environments. Development of conversational skills, the ability to work as a team and ICT skills are just some of the many areas that the Hospitality and Catering course aims to build upon for our learners.
The Bee Hive Hospitality and Catering course is a two year programme available to learners of differing ability levels. Accreditation for this course for Entry Level 3 and Level 1 learners is currently provided by Edexcel in the form of a BTEC Award or Certificate sized qualification entitled ‘Introduction to the Hospitality Industry’. The BTEC qualification covers a wide range of related topics including customer service, the importance of a healthy diet, food service and basic food preparation.
For learners at Entry Level 1 and Entry Level 2 AIM Awards accreditation is used to deliver both theoretical and practical units on a variety of topics including healthy eating, basic cooking techniques and exploring/working within the hospitality and catering industries.
During the completion of the course learners get the chance to plan and deliver events and themed days, including themed whole school meals, discos, coffee mornings and sales to the public.