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Welcome hospitality and catering applicants!

You have made a great decision choosing West Notts!

  • A big hello!

    Welcome to the hospitality and catering department and the beginning of a very exciting and fulfilling career! Although currently the hospitality and catering industry is not operating as normal, we all know that our nation just love to eat out. Currently, takeaway sales are at the highest they have ever been. There are also many other businesses that required trained chefs. There is also a large hospitality, visitor attraction and events economy in the UK that requires knowledgeable and trained employees. Our real work restaurant and customer service provision enables vital experience for customer service roles such as reception and cabin crew.

    Once you have completed the course you will be perfectly placed to apply for the roles, where our experienced students will be high in demand!

    Hospitality and catering is so much more than just restaurants, there are hundreds of catering roles that are required to exceed customer expectations. Some of our students have gone to cater in private residences, for care homes, for high class hotels and even Michelin star restaurants or working overseas. Our lecturers are experts within the industry and all have very diverse industry experience, from hospitality management to working as a chef at Sat Bains’ restaurant.

    We offer excellent opportunities to all of our students including the opportunity to travel and visit the industry in action, undertake valuable work experience and to gain the practical skills required to work in the industry through our links with industry partners such as Crown Plaza Hotel, Weavers Wines, Royal Navy and Army Reserves. We are very proud of the outstanding progress achieved by students to ensure that they have the very best opportunity to gain employment within the sector or progress to university-level study.

    We really look forward to welcoming you at the college and look forward to helping you develop your knowledge, your skills and ultimately aid you on your journey to success.

    Helen Wilcockson
    Head of Department – Travel, Hospitality, Animal Care and Foundation Studies.

  • Applicant activities

    Before you start at West Notts, here are a few activites to get involved in.

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    Watch - What our students say

    Hospitality Supervision Level 3 student Reece gives an insight into what it is like working at the restaurant and sending food out. Reece also shares how he had made friends while on the course and how it has been an amazing experience for him coming to college to undertake his studies.

    View the video on YouTube

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    Watch - What our students say

    Patrick loves working with his classmates to meet the customer’s needs. He tells viewers more about the opportunities he’s had on the hospitality and leadership course. He’s enjoyed understanding everything about the restaurant industry both front of house and in the kitchens.

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    Watch - What our students say

    Level 3 chef Steve talks to us direct from the college commercial kitchens where he’s working on a contemporary fine dining dish. Steve enjoys working with real customers in the commercial restaurant and tells us more about the trips and visits that student chefs can enjoy while learning. Such as visiting Michelin starred restaurants in other parts of the country.

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    Watch - How to make bread

    Here we have a ‘how to’ video on completing a basic bread dough. From this bread dough we have made a classic loaf and also a delicious pizza! You will learn about proving and why it is important for bread and also the skill of kneading a dough!

    View the video on YouTube

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    Read letters from our current students

    Our students wanted to share their experiences of college with you. We hope their letters help answer some of your questions and put you at ease.

    Read Aiden's letter

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    Read Chris's letter

    Read Ebony's letter

    Read Jobe's letter

    Read a front of house student's letter

    Read Kieran's letter

    Read Sinita's letter

  • Ask your tutor

    Anything playing on your mind about your college course? Then send your questions to our college tutors using our simple online form.

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Why choose West Notts?

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020

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Best A Level provider in Mansfield and Ashfield for student progress*

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction**

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area

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£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
**Learner Exit Survey 2017/18
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