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New! Claire Clark Academy patisserie courses now available

Welcome to the Hospitality & Catering department

What’s it all about?

The catering and hospitality industry is exciting and dynamic. It encourages you to be creative, learn new skills and travel the world. If you have a passion for hospitality, we offer you expert training in a professional setting. Whether you want to be part of the excitement in the kitchen or feel the buzz of front of house, we have a course to suit you.

Is it for me?

Are you interested in working in a creative and fast-paced industry, which has exceptionally high standards? To work in the service industry, you need to have the ability to work well as part of a team and in a high pressured environment. So you must be able to cope well under pressure working methodically and to remarkably high standards.

What will I do?

You’ll train in our modern, well-equipped kitchens and award winning restaurant, The Brasserie, which currently holds AA College Rosette: Highly Commended status in addition to Gold Accreditation from People1st, recognising the outstanding levels of training alongside excellent service. The Brasserie has also won received many prestigious awards, including the TripAdvisor Centre of Excellence and the 2016 MK Business Achievement Awards: Hospitality category.

You’ll attend demonstrations and talks from visiting chefs, gain rich knowledge and experience, learn industry-standard skills to stand out in the job market. All the while having access to our extensive employer links, which will provide lots of opportunity for work experience with the likes of Whittlebury Hall, Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, Pretty Sweet – London and Champneys. You will also get the chance to practice your skills catering for numerous college and community events. Our students have even catered for Prince Edward when he visited the Mayors Civic Ceremony in Milton Keynes.

In addition to all this, our students also have the opportunity to enter into competitions where you can showcase your expertise and skills, and have the chance to win some outstanding prizes. Three Hospitality & Catering students were victorious in the prestigious Zest Quest Asia cooking contest, winning a culinary experience to Bangkok, Thailand.

What can I do next?

With some of our past students now working for some of the most prestigious restaurants including Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, The Savoy, The Grand Hotel Kempinski in Geneva and The Lanesborough Hotel in London and the average person entering into a managerial role within Hospitality before they are 30, the options for our students are limitless. Alternatively, you may choose to progress into a higher qualification or start an apprenticeship.

Industry Links

Milton Keynes College has partnered with BBC's Bake-Off Crème de la Crème judge Claire Clark MBE’s patisserie academy. This exciting, newly-formed partnership will put students through their paces where they will learn specialist techniques to be successful in the pastry business.

 

Hotel, Catering & Hospitality

Full Time
Bakery & Patisserie - Level 2 - 03/09/2018
 
Course Code: A283P-1/1 Start Date: 03/09/2018 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £3500.00,
24+ £3500.00, Overseas £7000.00
Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include

This is a unique course endorsed by Claire Clark MBE the UK’s most respected pastry chef.  Learners will benefit from studying in a brand new state of the art pastry kitchen and receiving expert tuition from industry pastry chefs experienced lecturers.

Hospitality & Events - Level 3 - 03/09/2018
 
Course Code: A221P-1/1 Start Date: 03/09/2018 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £2583.00,
24+ £2583.00, Overseas £2583.00
Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Gain an overall understanding of the Hospitality and Catering business, including event management
  • Undertake valuable work experience relevant to your career path
  • Course content is varied, ranging from travel and tourism to marketing
  • Receive guidence from dedicated tutors and Independent Learning Plans
Hospitality - Level 2 - 03/09/2018
 
Course Code: A459P-1/1 Start Date: 03/09/2018 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £3500.00,
24+ £3500.00, Overseas £7000.00
Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Gain a qualification approved and supported by People 1st, the sector skills council for hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism
  • This is a job-ready qualification based on National Occupational Standards
  • Develop your knowledge, understading and skills to work in a hospitality service environment
  • Specifically you will learn how to maintain a safe, hygienic and secure working environment, work effectively with others as part of a hospitality team, and give customers a positive impression of yourself and your organisation
  • Vast work experience opportunities, including in The Brasserie, Spirit Group and external events
  • Take part in the National Hotel Takeover
  • Opportunities for visits to events such as the BBC Good Food Show and Hotel Olympia
  • Opportunities to enter National Cookery Competitions
Professional Cookery - Level 1 - 03/09/2018
 
Course Code: 3401P-1/1 Start Date: 03/09/2018 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £3500.00,
24+ £3500.00, Overseas £7000.00
Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Work experience in The Brasserie, the College’s AA accredited restaurant
  • Opportunities for visits, for example to the BBC Good Food Show and Hotel Olympia in London
  • One week’s work experience within the Spirit Group e.g. Brewers Fayre
  • Opportunities to enter National Cookery Competitions
  • You will also gain work experience through external events such as weddings, canapé receptions and awards evenings for example at the Woburn Sculpture gallery.
Professional Cookery - Level 2 - 03/09/2018
 
Course Code: 3402P-1/1 Start Date: 03/09/2018 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £3500.00,
24+ £3500.00, Overseas £7000.00
Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Opportunities to enter National cookery competitions
  • Visits such as to the Hotel Olympia in London and the Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Waddenston Manor, and more
  • Work experience in the College’s commercial restaurant The Brasserie 
  • One week’s work experience for example Paris House at Woburn, Clays of Buckingham and Villiers Hotel in Buckingham
  • You will gain work experience through external events such as weddings, canapé receptions and awards evenings such as the Woburn Sculpture gallery other prestigious College events
Professional Cookery - Level 3 - 03/09/2018
 
Course Code: 0376P-1/1 Start Date: 03/09/2018 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £3345.00,
24+ £3345.00, Overseas £3345.00
Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Opportunities to enter national catering competitions
  • Visits such as to the BBC Good Food Show, Hotel Olympia in London and RAF Halton and the Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons
  • Work experience in the College’s AA accredited commercial restaurant The Brasserie
  • One week’s work experience for example at Paris House in Woburn, Clays of Buckingham and Villiers Hotel in Buckingham.
Professional Patisserie & Confectionery - Level 3 - 03/09/2018
 
Course Code: A461P-1/1 Start Date: 03/09/2018 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £3345.00,
24+ £3345.00, Overseas £3345.00
Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Undertake a work placement with Claire Clark at her Pretty Sweet company in London
  • Go on various trips throughout the year, including hospitality trade shows, hotels and specialist restaurants
  • Learn in our industry standard pastry kitchen
  • Upon qualification you will also receive the Claire Clark Academy Level 3 Diploma in Patisserie

Hotel, Catering & Hospitality

Part Time
Claire Clark Academy - Afternoon Tea - 23/05/2018
 
Course Code: A364A-1/1 Start Date: 23/05/2018 Study Mode: Part-Time, Online Fees: £80.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include

Information not currently available. Please call us.

Claire Clark Academy - American Style Cookies Workshop for Junior Bakers - 05/05/2018
 
Course Code: A433A-1/1 Start Date: 05/05/2018 Study Mode: Part-Time, Sat, 10:00 - 14:00 Fees: £40.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Learn to make a whole host of American style cookies
  • Make new friends whilst having fun and learning something new at the same time
  • Make Snickerdoodles, chocolate chip and hazelnut, oatmeal and raisin and peanut butter cookies
  • Get baking in our brand new state of the art pastry kitchen
  • Learn from teachers and lecturers with real experience as a chef
  • This class is for junior bakers aged 10-16
Claire Clark Academy - Bread Making Workshop - 21/04/2018
 
Course Code: A427A-1/1 Start Date: 21/04/2018 Study Mode: Part-Time, Sat, 10:00 - 14:00 Fees: £80.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Learn in our brand new state of the art patisserie facilities
  • Make your own delicious hand-crafted bread
  • Try out different kneading techniques, shaping and baking
  • Learn from experienced tutors and lecturers
Claire Clark Academy - Chocolate Truffles - 14/06/2018
 
Course Code: A365A-1/1 Start Date: 14/06/2018 Study Mode: Part-Time, Online Fees: £80.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include

Information not currently available. Please call us.

Claire Clark Academy - Demo and Dine class - Afternoon Tea Pastries - 06/06/2018
 
Course Code: A426B-1/1 Start Date: 06/06/2018 Study Mode: Part-Time, Wed, 18:00 - 21:00 Fees: £80.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Learn to create a delicious Afternoon Tea including meringue, frangipane tartlets, classic scones and more
  • Learn in our brand new state of the art facilities
  • Receive expert tuition from industry pastry chefs and experienced lecturers
  • The demonstration will be followed by a 2-course dinner including a glass of Prosecco in our award-winning brasserie restaurant.
Claire Clark Academy - Demo and Dine class Ice-cream and sorbets - 15/05/2018
 
Course Code: A432A-1/1 Start Date: 15/05/2018 Study Mode: Part-Time, Tue, 18:00 - 21:00 Fees: £80.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Learn to make your own delicious hand-made ice cream and refreshing sorbet
  • Work and learn in our brand new state of the art facilities
  • Receive expert tuition from industry pastry chefs and experienced lecturers.
  • Take home your very own Claire Clark apron and recipe booklet
  • Make new friends
  • Have fun experimenting with new equipment, flavours and techniques
  • The demonstration will be followed by a 2-course dinner including a glass of Prosecco in our award-winning brasserie restaurant.
Claire Clark Academy - Demo and Dine class- Confectionery Classics - 26/04/2018
 
Course Code: A428B-1/1 Start Date: 26/04/2018 Study Mode: Part-Time, Thu, 18:00 - 21:00 Fees: £80.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Learn to create your own home made confectionery, ranging from marshmallows to honeycomb
  • Use our brand new state of the art industry standard facilities
  • Receive expert tuition from industry pastry chefs and experienced lecturers
  • The demonstration will be followed by a 2-course dinner including a glass of Prosecco in our award-winning brasserie restaurant.
Claire Clark Academy - French Patisserie - 05/07/2018
 
Course Code: A366A-1/1 Start Date: 05/07/2018 Study Mode: Part-Time, Online Fees: £95.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include

Join us at the Claire Clark Academy to learn how to create an array of sumptuous French patisserie items such as;

  • Chocolate delice
  • Raspberry Roulade
  • Lemon meringue Tartlettes
  • Paris Brest
Claire Clark Academy - Ice-Cream Factory Workshop for Junior Bakers - 14/07/2018
 
Course Code: A437A-1/1 Start Date: 14/07/2018 Study Mode: Part-Time, Sat, 10:00 - 14:00 Fees: £40.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Want to buy a Claire Clark Course as a gift? Call today on 01908 684451 to order your gift certificate.
  • Have a go at making your own hand made ice-cream, sorbet and fruit slush
  • Experiment with new equipment, ingredients and loads of different flavours
  • Take home your very own recipe booklet to carry on getting creative at home
  • Learn in our brand new state of the art facilities used by real and trainee chefs
  • This class is for junior bakers aged 10-16
Claire Clark Academy - Viennoiserie - 24/07/2018
 
Course Code: A441A-1/1 Start Date: 24/07/2018 Study Mode: Part-Time, Tue, 17:00 - 21:00 Fees: £80.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Learn the art of making laminated pastries, including croissants and Danish pastries
  • Meet new people whilst learning a new skill
  • Take home your very own Claire Clark Academy apron and recipe booklet
  • Work in our brand new state of the art facilities
  • Learn from industry experienced chefs
Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering - 25/05/2018
 
Course Code: 3719C-1/1 Start Date: 25/05/2018 Study Mode: Part-Time, Fri, 9:30 - 14:30 Fees: £75.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Exit with a Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) approved Certificate which lasts for 3 years
  • Expert tutor with 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry
  • Meets all the legal requirements for working in a kitchen or any hospitality outlet.
Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Professional Cookery - Food Preparation and Cooking) - 27/09/2018
 
Course Code: A410-1/1 Start Date: 27/09/2018 Study Mode: Part-Time, Thu, 18:00 - 21:00 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £632.50,
24+ £632.50, Overseas £632.50
Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • This qualification has been developed together with People 1st, the Sector Skills Council to enable learners to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to prepare, cook and finish a range of food products
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of safe, hygienic and secure working environments, how to work effectively as part of a team, and how to give customers a positive impression of yourself and your organisation
  • Undergo work experience, including at The Brasserie
  • Make contacts in the industry through visits and events
Level 3 Certificate in General Patisserie and Confectionery - 17/09/2018
 
Course Code: A536-1/1 Start Date: 17/09/2018 Study Mode: Part-Time, Mon & Thu, 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: £1645.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Learn in our brand new industry standard pastry kitchen
  • Unique course endorsed by Claire Clark MBE, the UK's most respected pastry chef
  • Develop technical knowledge and skills to produce patisserie and confectionary products to a high quality
  • Learn how to produce desserts, fermented dough and batter products, biscuits, cakes and sponges, paste products, petite fours, display pieces and decorative items
  • Receive expert tuition from industry chefs and experienced lecturers