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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.

 

Hospitality & Catering

Full Time
Course Code: BAKERY Start Date: 02/09/2019 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: N/A Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include

This industry has recently been thrust into the spotlight thanks to the popularity of TV shows like The Great British Bake Off and Masterchef. Famous chefs are now seen as international celebrities, with the likes of Raymond Blanc and Mary Berry. Whether you’ve got a passion for French patisserie or are all about different types of bread, you can look forward to a rewarding career full of vast opportunities and creativity. 

This course is available at level: 2, 3

Course Code: HOSPITALITY Start Date: 02/09/2019 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: N/A Location: Bletchley Campus
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More and more people are going out to eat, and individually spend more than £4000 a year doing so. With over 12,000 hotels in the UK and 52,000 bars, pubs and clubs, it’s fair to say the industry is on the up and in need of talented individuals to keep these businesses running. A career in hospitality could span anything from travel and tourism, to hotel management, to owning your own catering company. 

This course is available at levels: 2, 3

Course Code: COOKERY Start Date: 02/09/2019 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: N/A Location: Bletchley Campus
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This industry has recently been thrust into the spotlight thanks to the popularity of TV shows like The Great British Bake Off and Masterchef. Famous chefs are now seen as international celebrities, with the likes of Raymond Blanc and Mary Berry. Whether you’ve got a passion for fine-dining, or are geared towards the style of street food and experimenting with different flavours and textures, you can look forward to a rewarding career full of vast opportunities and creativity. 

This course is available at levels: 1, 2, 3

Hospitality & Catering

Part Time
Course Code: A426B-1/1 Start Date: 12/01/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Sat, 10:00 - 14:00 Fees: £80.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include

Afternoon tea is one of the greatest traditions associated with Britain. Creamy scones, finger sandwiches and a classic cup of English tea can never go amiss, and now you’ve got the chance to take afternoon tea to the next level.

Course Code: A426A-1/1 Start Date: 23/05/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Thursday, 18:00 - 21:00 Fees: £80.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
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Afternoon tea is one of the greatest traditions associated with Britain. Creamy scones, finger sandwiches and a classic cup of English tea can never go amiss, and now you’ve got the chance to take afternoon tea to the next level.

Course Code: A427A-1/1 Start Date: 02/02/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Sat, 10:00 - 14:00 Fees: £80.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
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Learn the ins and outs on how to make your own delicious handcrafted bread. With different kneading, shaping and baking techniques, this course will give you all the top tips to impress your friends and family with the perfect loaf.

Course Code: A365A-1/1 Start Date: 24/04/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Wednesday, 18:00 - 21:00 Fees: £80.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
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Who could possibly resist the combination of chocolate and truffles in one delicious mouthful? This course will teach you how to make your own hand rolled chocolate truffles using the finest quality Cacao Barry couverture chocolate.

Course Code: A366B-1/1 Start Date: 04/06/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Tuesday, 18:00 - 21:00 Fees: £80.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
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With golden pastry and a combination of tangy fruit flavours and indulgent chocolate, who could resist a traditional French treat? Learn how to create a selection of French Patisserie items, including:

  • Tarte au Citron
  • Eclairs
  • Blueberry Financiers
Course Code: A437A-1/1 Start Date: 29/06/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Sat, 10:00 - 14:00 Fees: £40.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
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There’s nothing better than ice-cream on a hot day. In fact, is there anything better than ice-cream full stop? Come and have a go at making your very own unique ice-cream, using different flavours and learning the method behind the magic. You can also have a go at making some refreshing sorbet, and the cinema favourite, fruit slushy.

Course Code: A432A-1/1 Start Date: 07/03/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Thursday, 18:00 - 21:00 Fees: £80.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
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Whether you’re all about chocolate chip in a cone, a classic sundae, or even a refreshing fruity sorbet, come and find out how to make your own ice-cream and sorbet.

Course Code: A367B-1/1 Start Date: 19/03/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Tuesday, 18:00 - 21:00 Fees: £95.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
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Maybe you’re the person that thinks it should be illegal not to order a pudding with every meal, or the person who wouldn’t dream of walking past a patisserie without going in. However you enjoy your desserts, this course will teach you how to create your very own sumptuous array of indulgent desserts, including;

  • Chocolate fondant
  • Tarte au citron
  • Classic souffle
  • Creme brulee
Course Code: A438A-1/1 Start Date: 30/03/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Sat, 10:00 - 14:00 Fees: £40.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
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Mums do so much for us. Whether it’s helping out with maths homework, driving from place to place, working hard so you’re taken care of, or even just being there when it’s been a hard day. On the day dedicated especially to them, they deserve something special. Cupcakes are a great present and the fact that you made them yourself will make them all the more special.

Course Code: A440A-1/1 Start Date: 13/02/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Wednesday, 18:00 - 21:00 Fees: £80.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
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All you need is love. And cake! What better way to show someone you love them than presenting them with a variety of homemade, hand decorated cupcakes and cookies? During this class you will learn how to decorate cupcakes and cookies in a valentines theme, using a variety of icing and finishing techniques.

Course Code: A441A-1/1 Start Date: 11/05/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Sat, 10:00 - 14:00 Fees: £80.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
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Viennoiserie, or better known as morning goods, are often eaten at breakfast or as snacks. They include croissants, Danish pastries and much more. Come and have a go at the techniques that make the pastry so deliciously crunchy and golden, and experiment with different flavours and ingredients to put your own unique spin on things.

Course Code: A556A-1/1 Start Date: 09/03/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Sat, 10:00 - 16:00 Fees: £95.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Demo & Dinner
  • Meet our suppliers
  • Work with local produce
  • Cooking hints and tips from the professionals
Course Code: A557A-1/1 Start Date: 06/04/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Sat, 10:00 - 16:00 Fees: £95.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Learn to get the most out of the weekly shop
  • Hints and tips to make your money go further
Course Code: A559B-1/1 Start Date: 08/06/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Sat, 10:00 - 16:00 Fees: £95.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include

 

  • Practical cookery session
  • Learn about flavours of India
  • Fresh food and spice
  • Be inspired and impress the family
  • Gain a better understanding of quality ingredients
  • Be familiar with a range of techniques used in Indian cookery
  • Discover the diverse dishes available in Indian cuisine.  
Course Code: A560B-1/1 Start Date: 11/05/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Sat, 10:00 - 16:00 Fees: £95.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Practical cookery session
  • Learn about the tastes of Italy and the Mediterranean
  • Fresh foods, herbs and spice
  • Be inspired and impress the family
  • Better understanding of quality ingredients
  • Be familiar with a range of techniques used in Italian cuisine.
Course Code: A558B-1/1 Start Date: 22/06/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Sat, 9:00 - 13:00 Fees: £95.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Mastering knife skills
  • Knife handling Health & Safety
  • Gain confidence in using the kitchen knife and getting the most from it.
  • Butchery.
  • Vegetable preparation.
  • Sharpening.
  • Gain confidence and learn through using kitchen knives.
  • Butchery and vegetable preparation skills, getting the most from the tools of the trade.

 

 

Course Code: 3719B-1/1 Start Date: 08/02/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Friday, 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.
Course Code: 3719C-1/1 Start Date: 24/05/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Friday, 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.
Course Code: A561C-1/1 Start Date: 11/05/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Sat, 9:30 - 16:00 Fees: £95.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
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This qualification will develop your knowledge and understanding of the principles of balanced diets. You will learn the catering practices to consider when planning and providing meals for those on special diets.

The VTCT Level 2 Award in Healthier Food and Special Diets is a preparation for work qualification.

Course Code: A561B-1/1 Start Date: 02/02/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Sat, 9:30 - 16:00 Fees: £95.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include

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