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BTEC Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education Hospitality & Catering 

Two Year Course

Course Content

The AVCE in Hospitality and Catering is designed to develop studentsą confidence and prepare them for employment in the industry. It covers a broad range of subjects in order to give students experience of as many aspects of the industry as possible. Core subjects include: 

  • Accommodation

  • Business Studies

  • Event Supervision

  • Food Preparation/Cooking

  • Food Service

  • Reception and Front Office Operations

  • Sales and Marketing

The course also includes periods of work experience at prestigious venues, such as Royal Ascot and Buckingham Palace, as well as visits to relevant exhibitions and nationally renowned establishments like The Savoy Hotel.

Students have the opportunity to work towards additional subjects including:

  • NVQs in Practical Subjects

  • EMFEC Pastry Cooks 2 and 3

Method of Assessment

Students are assessed through assignments and external tests.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally possess 4 GCSEs (grade ŚCą or above), an appropriate Intermediate GNVQ, or equivalent qualification. They will also need to provide satisfactory references. Applications from individuals with relevant previous experience, including mature students, are particularly welcomed.


This qualification is ideal for anyone wishing to enter the industry at trainee management or supervisory level. Previous students are now working as restaurant managers, conference and banqueting managers and cruise liner stewards. The course can also act as an excellent  route to higher education.