Hospitality & Catering

Choose to be

  • Bar Manager
  • Barista (Professional Coffee Maker)
  • Chef
  • Hotel Manager
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Receptionist
  • Waiter/Waitress

Did you know that careers in hospitality and catering are in demand across the Visitor Economy?  In 2015, there were 8,343 jobs in Wirral, 13,914 in Cheshire West and Chester, and 51,276 jobs across the Liverpool City Region*.  Working in our fully licensed training restaurant, The Birches, you will develop a range of skills and experience to prepare you for work in this exciting profession. You will take part in a number of themed events and competitions, work regularly in our restaurant and at other venues to develop your work experience.

Programmes delivered at the Conway Park Campus include:

Course Level Code
Introduction to Culinary Skills Certificate 1 H093
NVQ Food Preparation and Cooking/Food and Beverage Service (Combined) 1 H068
Culinary Skills Diploma 2 H094
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Hospitality (Pathway 1) 2 H069
NVQ Professional Cookery Diploma 2 H017
VRQ Professional Cookery Diploma 2 H030
NVQ Professional Cookery Advanced Diploma 3 H081
Introduction to the Hospitality Industry E3 H015
Introduction to Vocational Studies E3 K073


Watch our students and tutors talk about the Hospitality and Catering courses at Wirral Met:

Where next?

Students completing level 1 and 2 study programmes progress to the level 3 programme, or progress into jobs or apprenticeships within the hospitality and catering industry.

Career opportunities

These courses equip students with the skills and knowledge to progress onto occupations including:

Trainee chefs (Commis Chefs) earn from around £13,000 per year, but Head Chefs in top hotels and restaurants may earn around £30,000 per year. Waiting staff can earn around £12,000 to £16,000 per year and bar people can earn from between £11,000 and £17,000 depending on their experience; if you take on additional responsibilities and are managing staff, you may earn around £20,000. (Source)

* Source: EMSI 2015

Where are they now?

Matthew Barham

Matthew works as an advanced apprentice Chef at Steve's Harvest in Moreton. He completed a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking and is now studying towards the NVQ Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery. On completion of his apprenticeship Matthew wouild like to progress to a Level 3 Diploma in Hospitality leadership and Supervision.

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