Ashford College - Catering
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Pathways are made up of courses focused on future careers or further education opportunities

Develop your career in professional Catering & Hospitality and get a foot on the ladder in this exciting, fast-paced industry.

You'll be taught a varied programme of practical and theoretical skills, in our top of the range commercial kitchen facilities. Teamwork, food safety and customer service are just some of these skills that you will acquire on this Pathway. 

Catering at Ashford is not the same day after day - it brings lots of opportunities and practical experiences for you to be proud of and really achieve at. Our Catering students serve lunch every week to staff and students across the campus, which will give you a real life experience that is vital in the service industry.


Whatever career you want to get into with Catering, our courses will give you the skills and experiences to be able to successfully make your mark on this industry. We also have a strong connection with local business, allowing for practical external experience.

Just a few of the progression routes available in the industry include...

  • Baker
  • Butcher
  • Cake Decorator
  • Food Scientist
  • Head Chef
  • Hotel Management
  • Kitchen Porter
  • Patisserie Chef
  • Restaurant Owner


As well as serving lunch to students every week, our Catering team are tasked throughout the year with providing foods for our own events, giving them vital industry experience. They also have been involved over the past year with external events such as local schools fairs.

Examples of projects you could work on at Ashford with our Catering courses include... (Some events have links so you can read about these in more detail)


Career Prospects

Example: Kitchen and catering assistants

 Annual pay
£5,200 - £17,160
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.

Across the UK the workforce is projected to expand by 6% over the period to 2027, adding 30,716 jobs. In the same period, 67% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 343,818 job openings.

Role description

Workers in this unit group assist in the preparation and service of food and beverages in restaurants, cafés and other eating establishments, and perform various cleaning, fetching and carrying tasks.

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Entry requirements

Our entry requirements allow any student to apply enrol and progress in their studies with us to achieve their full potential.

You will apply for your chosen pathway and at the interview you can discuss what entry criteria you need for each level.

Once you have your GCSEs we can ensure you are enrolled on the best level for you to progress and succeed at College.

Please see our Group entry requirements

What's next?

Step 1 - Apply

Once you apply, you will have an interview to discuss your chosen pathway

Step 2 - Interview

We will contact you with appropriate options for conducting your interview, either online or in person.

At your interview, we will discuss the entry requirements for each level and course. It is also your opportunity to make sure that the pathway meets your goals and ambitions.

Courses at Ashford College

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

Need more help?

Our advice and guidance team can be contacted to help you understand your next steps at College.

Courses at Ashford College

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

Why people love Catering

Catering Student Devon

Hear from Devon - Catering student

'This course has helped me boost my skills, for example I am more confident now and have enjoyed taking part in events. I hope that this will help me in the future in my catering career.'

Catering Student Poppie

Hear from Poppie - Catering student

'The Catering courses at Ashford College have helped me a lot in terms of skills. I hope that this course will help me to run my own restaurant in the future, using all the practical experiences that we have learnt.'

Catering Student Steven

Hear from Steven - Catering student

‘Studying Level 1 Catering at Ashford College has helped me with working in a team. I had struggled with this previously, but I am confident that I have now improved significantly.’

Contact us

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Elwick Road
TN23 1NN

01233 743100