Hospitality with Events Level 3
- Course length
- 2 years full-time
Music festivals, restaurants, conferences and the tourism industry are just a few of the sectors that require successful event organisers. There are fantastic roles for creative individuals who love meeting people and making sure they have a great experience.
This course will equip you with the key front-of-house skills and organising techniques that employers look for to stage memorable functions, events, parties and celebrations.
Why should I choose this course?
- You will benefit from diverse, work-based training in the key areas of the hospitality/events industry
- Your study programme will cover everything from mixology to marketing
- You will develop your entrepreneurial skills in our “Dragon’s Den” business event
- You will get first-hand feedback on hospitality trends and topical issues from key industry employers, guest speakers and company representatives
"The course gives you a great insight into the hospitality industry and I have been able to work at lots of different events including a major political party conference and the Hospitality Show. I have had a fun-filled and exciting time at UCB and I hope to move into hotel management training."
Why maths and English are so important to your career
Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted. Alongside your full-time course, students will continue to develop their English and maths skills. If you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level.
Mathematics plays a vital role in the culinary arts, bakery and the food and beverage sectors.
- Measurement (including weighing) is an important in cooking/baking and serving food and drink properly. This applies in following a recipe or in serving alcohol in the correct measurements. There are many tools, such as measuring cups, measuring spoons and scales, which are used in food/drink preparation.
- Being able to read both temperature and time and make suitable adjustments in both is vital in food/drink preparation.
- Fractions are very important in recipes and determining serving sizes.
- Geometry is used by top chefs and bakers in the presentation of food and baking in order to make them aesthetically appealing.
- Nutritional data informs choices about health and the role of a balanced diet. This includes issues to do with calories, sugar, sodium and fat. This is important for those creating menus.
Maths is also central in successful stock management which is vital in running restaurant, bakeries and bars.
- Accurate spelling and a wide and specialist vocabulary are key in the presentation of quality menus
- Good quality Speaking and Listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues
- Customer services skills require good English skills in speaking and written communication
- Accurate reading is a vital skill when following instructions and recipes
- Secure English is important when preparing a CV or a business proposal or when advertising/marketing your business
One of the UK’s top quality assurance organisations has described University College Birmingham as “one of the best, if not the best, catering colleges in the UK” in its assessment for two of the highest awards for colleges. Find out more about the College of Food's gold accreditations.
Teaching and assessment
You will be assessed via a portfolio of evidence, work experience, group work, producing staff handbooks, reports and presentations. There are practical assessments in mixology (preparing and serving speciality drinks), bar and restaurant service, preparation and completion of projects and food development.
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.
- Ideally, you will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including maths and/or English.
- Alternatively, a relevant Level 2 qualification (must also include GCSE English and/or maths at grade 4 (grade C) or above)
- Or at least 2 years’ relevant work experience.
- School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance.
- If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and maths and you are under 19, you will be required to complete an assessment so we can ensure you receive appropriate support. Applicants over 19 are not required to complete maths and English.
You should be committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed in the hospitality and events industry.
Students are required to buy a uniform and a set of equipment. To help keep costs to a minimum, these items are available to buy through UCB. If you have any concerns about the cost of the uniform, please discuss this at your interview as we may be able to help.
What will I study?
You will study a variety of modules including:
- The Hospitality and Events Industry
- Food and Drinks Service Trends
- Alcoholic Beverages
- UK Visitor Attractions
- Human Resources
- Developing a Customer Service Culture
- Food from Europe
- Nutrition and Health Food
- Accommodation Operations
- Planning Events
- Business Enterprise
- Hospitality Finances
- Front Office and Reception Skills
- Supervisory Skills
Your study programme
In addition to your full-time course every student has an individual study programme which ensures that you develop the right skills and experience to progress onto either higher education or gain employment. What’s included in your individual study programme will vary depending on what you have already achieved and your career aspirations.
For example; if you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level. Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted.
Work placement will form an essential part of your individual study programme and all students will be expected to complete an appropriate work placement related to their full-time course.
To find out more about the work placement opportunities for this course, click on the ‘Work Placement’ tab above.
Work placement - College of Food
Alongside training in the University’s industry standard kitchens and superb restaurants, you will also gain additional experience on placements with opportunities available within bars, conference and banqueting centres, hotels and restaurants. College of Food placements are generally two to three weeks in duration. The reputation of UCB is such that many of our students are offered part-time employment following a successful placement.
A work placement not only gives you valuable experience, it also:
- Helps you to apply what you’re learning into practice
- It gives you a better understanding of how a company or organisation works
- Helps you to develop essential skills such as time management, social and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
- Enriches your CV
- Enhances a UCAS application and personal statement should you wish to progress to higher education
- Helps you to consider wider future employment opportunities
At UCB we have a specialised team of Employability Tutors based in hired@UCB (located on the 7th floor at Summer Row) who will provide you with the necessary skills in order to source a work placement.
If students are passionate about their career choice, work placements are vital.
A set of achievements, skills, understanding and personal attributes make a student more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupation, which benefits themselves and the work force.
There are job opportunities with events companies involved with conference venues, festival promotion, tourist attractions, music and sporting venues, and cruise ships.
The course can also be your launch pad to a career as a restaurant manager, event organiser, ski and holiday resort rep, and hospitality retail salesperson.
If you successfully complete the two-year course you can progress to a foundation degree in Hospitality with Events Management or Events Management at UCB. You will only need to study for a further two years (instead of three) to gain the qualification. Alternatively, you can apply for other degree courses at UCB or elsewhere.
The team at hired@UCB – our student placement and careers service – can help you with advice, information and guidance in finding a job. They can help you develop your work-related skills.
Based in new facilities on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist staff to help with:
- Careers advice and guidance
- Placements, work experience and volunteering
- Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency
- Employer engagement
- Part-time and seasonal work
- Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
- Alumni support
Find out more about hired@UCB services.
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Hospitality with Events
Hospitality with Events