Hospitality and Catering | Weston College

Hospitality and Catering

Whether you’re looking to run restaurants and serve front of house, or you want to be head chef or start your own catering business, we offer a range of courses that can help you achieve your goals.

We offer both classroom based courses from our Grove Training Kitchen and apprenticeships through our School of Food, so you can find the pathway that suits you and your ambitions.

Across the UK the hospitality sector is growing. This means that demand for skilled hospitality and catering professionals is high, and a qualification in this subject area could lead you to a successful career in the industry.

The jobs available are very diverse. You could find yourself working in a commercial kitchen, a restaurant, a hotel, at an event venue, or one of many thousands of other roles within the sector.

You'll have clear progression opportunities. The hospitality and catering industry has plenty of progression opportunities for the right people with the right qualifications. At Weston College, you can start at Level 1 and work your way up, opening up more opportunities and accessing the highest-paid jobs.

Our courses are different. Through our links with the Chefs’ Forum, and the amazing chefs we have on board with the School of Food, no matter which pathway you choose you’ll have access to some great industry experts and guest sessions.

Why choose us?

  • Our courses. Our hospitality and catering courses are designed around the skills and qualities that employers in the sector have told us they are looking for.
  • Our reputation. We're one of the top performing colleges in the country.
  • Our success rates. Our success rates are consistently above national averages, and many former hospitality and catering students have gone on to successful careers in the industry.
  • Our facilities. Weston College has a commercially-operating training kitchen and restaurant, and works with businesses in the hospitality sector to provide unique opportunities and work experience to its students.
  • Our links with employers. As a Weston College student, you'll benefit from our strong links with organisations and employers in the industry.

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Career opportunities


Typical jobs

Catering/restaurant manager, kitchen assistant, kitchen manager, food and beverage assistant, commis chef, chefs de partie, sous chef, chefs de cuisine.

What you can earn

Some suggested annual salary ranges for those working in the industry include:

  • Commis chef £13,000 (starting salary)
  • Chefs de partie £12,000-£16,000
  • Sous Chef £16,000-£22,000
  • Chefs de cuisine £22,000-£30,000
  • Head chef £30,000+

Local notes

There are approximately 53,000 people working in the restaurant industry in this region. Between 2009 and 2011 the average household in the south west spent £37.30 a week on restaurants and hotels.


  • There are 614,000 people working in the restaurant industry
  • Food and beverage services account for over half of UK sector employment
  • Although there are around 250,000 chefs and cooks in the UK, reports show that there is a shortage of skilled chefs.

Data from and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills

Hospitality and Event Management

Typical jobs

Waiting staff, receptionist, front of house manager, hotel manager, restaurant manager, conference and banqueting manager.

What you can earn

Some suggested annual salary ranges for those working in the industry include:

  • Front of house £17,000-£21,000
  • Assistant restaurant/catering manager £18,000-£25,000
  • Restaurant/Catering manager £25,000-£40,000
  • Small hotel manager £20,000-£35,000
  • General manager £35,000-£60,000

Local notes

Hotel and restaurant businesses are very successful in the south west region. This is due partly to the coastal resorts in the areas, where tourism and hospitality are extremely important to the local economy. There are approximately 19,600 people working in the hospitality services industry in this region, of which 52% work full-time.


  • There are 195,200 people working in the hospitality services industry
  • Hospitality is Britain’s fifth largest industry, directly employing more than 2.4million people
  • The core hospitality economy has an estimated turnover of £90billion and directly contributes £46billion

Data from, BHA and the UK Commission for Employment Skills

It's easy to apply...

You can apply online for any of our hospitality and event management courses in a matter of minutes by selecting the course you’re interested in from the drop-down menu at the top of this page and clicking ‘apply now’. Alternatively, you can find an application form at the back of our prospectus.

There has never been a better time to apply for one of our courses - and if you apply now you can secure your place on the course you are interested in. Submitting an application isn’t a binding decision and if you change your mind, you can always withdraw your application at a later date.

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