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Hospitality and catering

Our full-time hospitality and catering courses are designed to get you ready for five-star service. Students will train in our commercial fine dining restaurant using industry-standard kitchens to prepare them for a real working environment.

Hospitality and catering courses

Why choose hospitality and catering at West Notts?

Teachers with real industry experience

Hospitality and catering students work closely with teachers who’ve worked in high-pressure catering environments, passing on a wealth of tips and advice to students who are keen to learn.

Train in a real-life, award winning restaurant

Once you have gained enough experience, you'll get to train in a real working kitchen, serving members of the public. The college’s fine dining restaurant has recently been awarded the Travellers’ Choice Award through Tripadvisor – placing us in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide!.

Show off your creativity!

You'll get the opportunity to take part in events to showcase your skills and talents including fine dining themed-evenings and charity fundraisers.

Be part of the 'Learning Company'

The Refined @ Home learning company allows Level 2 and 3 Hospitality and Catering students the opportunity to run a small takeaway business out of Refined’s kitchen.

Refined @ Home is entirely student-led. Chefs create the dishes and the front of house learners will be responsible for sales both in the restaurants and around the college.

You will develop your cooking and customer service skills as well as learn to creating a business plan, marketing campaign and track the sales and success of the product you have created. It’s a chance to develop a whole range of different skills, while gaining catering industry experience.

This is a unique opportunity to develop your customer service, teamwork, communication, and project management skills, while learning about running and maintaining a small business. Working for Refined @ Home, you’ll be a crucial part of the college community, producing delicious meals and gaining essential skills that will help you to secure a great career.

Hospitality and Catering at West Notts College

Take a look around the college’s restaurant, bar and training kitchens and hear more from staff and students about the training opportunities available in this client-focused area of study.

Career Opportunities

Our facilities

Always dreamed of being a head chef or running your own kitchen? Well, here is your chance.

Training in a true-to-life professional kitchen with industry-standard equipment, our facilities are second to none. Working as part of a team alongside waiting staff, restaurant managers and bartenders, you’ll get practical hands-on experience in preparing, cooking and serving food to both students and the general public.

As an established restaurant, you will be working in an environment that mirrors the opportunities you may come across in the future. You will be expected to respect kitchen rules and utilise all the tools and cooking utensils to develop new skills, techniques and cook up a storm.

Take a look at our students prepping and cooking food in our kitchens. (This video was created by Creative Media Production students).

Guided Campus Tour

Get a glimpse into the facilities you will be using as a hospitality and catering student at West Notts College.

What our students say

Level 2 student Lauren gives insight into the course, explaining her favourite aspects as well as giving some tips for individuals who may be interested in enrolling on the course.


Hospitality and catering news and press

  • Students bring skills to one of county’s finest hotels

    An historic Nottinghamshire hotel welcomed a new workforce this spring as students from West Nottinghamshire College took over the kitchens, bars, restaurants and spa for a week.

    Posted: 17/04/2024
  • College celebrates ‘Good’ Ofsted result

    Staff and students at West Nottinghamshire College are celebrating following the publication of its latest Ofsted inspection report – which has graded it ‘good’ with areas of outstanding provision, and that makes a strong contribution to meeting its area’s skills needs.

    Posted: 07/06/2023
  • College showcases its work to Shadow Education Secretary

    Students and staff at West Nottinghamshire College showcased its work to provide high-quality education, training and career pathways when Shadow Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson MP visited its campuses.

    Posted: 25/04/2023

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96.2% A Level pass rate in 2022.

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction.**Learner Exit Survey 2019/20

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We have four campuses each boasting a number of state-of-the-art facilities.

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