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Hospitality & Catering

"Kendal College, home to one of the most influential cooking courses in the country" - Jay Rayner

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Course Overview

BTEC Higher Nationals are designed to provide a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards where appropriate. This course is awarded by Pearson.

They offer a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding.

The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in their sector and their national recognition by employers allows direct progression to employment.

On the HND you will study eight units per year over two years. The course will be delivered on the Milnthorpe Road Campus.

There is an option to complete modules rather than the full qualification.

Core Modules:
- The Contemporary Hospitality Industry
- Finance in the Hospitality Industry
- Customer Service
- Food and Beverage Operations Management
- The Developing Manager
- Rooms Division Operations Management
- Research Project

Optional Modules:
- Human Resource Management
- Creative patisserie (double module)
- Gastronomy (double module)
- Marketing in Hospitality
- Tourist Destinations
- Conference & Banqueting sector
- Law for Licensed premises

As part of the programme you will be required to purchase equipment and uniform for the practical kitchen units.

You will learn a wide variety of skills that will prepare you for a higher level of education as well as a plethora of employability skills.

There will be a key focus on knowledge and skill development to equip you for your first management position within the industry. Such skills will include;
Time management, financial awareness & profitability, operational performance levels, motivation skills, people management, self-presentation, legal compliance and many more.

Learning will also be enriched by industry visits for each unit where learners will have an opportunity to experience and observe different hospitality sectors. There will be 2-3 visits each year, some visits will incur a cost.

Each unit will incorporate a variety of assessment methods such as: written reports, essays, presentations, case studies and practical assessments.

Entry Requirements

You will need to have one of the following level 3 qualifications;

L3 National Diploma in Hospitality, Travel and Tourism, Business or other subject area, NVQ level 3 qualification or A or A/S Levels. You will need 48 UCAS points.

You will also need to have gained a GCSE in Maths and English at grade C or above (which we can help you achieve if your grades are not high enough).

Mature applicants with related work experience are welcomed. If you have any queries about this aspect of the programme, please contact the College to discuss your application with the course tutor.

After Your Course

After completing a HND you may be able to progress to the top-up of a Honours degree programme at university.

The course will also prepare you for work in the industry at management level and allow opportunities to join graduate training programmes in the industry.



Course fees are per year. There may also be additional costs associated with the course (please see the course overview).

Student Finance
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course.

Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.

For further information please see

Access to Learning Fund
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Contact Student Services for more information: / 01539 814700