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Welcome hospitality and catering applicants!

You have made a great decision choosing West Notts!

A quick message from the Programme Area Leader, Jo Wilson

FAQs - hospitality and catering courses

The following information will hopefully give you a little bit more of an insight into what it will be like to be a student with us.

  • Where will I study?

    All of our hospitality and catering courses are based at our Derby Road campus, Mansfield, which has an on-site fine dining restaurant that is open to the public. The college operates 13 different bus routes to and from this campus, both in the morning and the evening.

  • What is it like?

    The college is a professional, adult environment intended to prepare you to work in your chosen industry. As such, we expect students’ behaviour to reflect the world of work. Attendance and punctuality are crucial in the hospitality and catering industry so that the team can be as effective as possible. Our kitchens contain equipment and tools that can be dangerous if not used properly so very high standards of behaviour are also expected.

  • What will I study?

    You will study through a mixture of practical sessions and classroom learning. In kitchens and restaurants you will spend a lot of time standing. Level 1 learning is very project-based, while level 2 study has a much greater emphasis on practical skills. Level 3 learning tends to be more academic-based.

  • What about English and maths?

    If you start at college and you haven’t yet achieved your English and maths GCSEs at grade 4 or above, then you will continue to study these for three hours each week per subject. At the end of your first year you will take a re-sit GCSE exam. It is important you attend your English and maths lessons alongside your chosen course.

    Take a look at our fact sheets to find out why English and maths is important within this industry.

    View English and maths fact sheets

  • What will I have to wear?

    Students will be asked to wear a uniform in the restaurant, and kitchen whites and safety shoes in the kitchen. These will need to be purchased. If you are working front-of-house you will be in a customer-facing role so high levels of personal presentation will be required. Personal hygiene is our top priority – the wearing of jewellery and make-up is to be kept to a minimum, and nail polish or false nails will not be allowed. In the classroom you are able to wear whatever you like as long as it’s appropriate and isn’t offensive.

  • Will I have to do a work placement?

    At levels 2 and 3 students would be expected to complete a work placement. This is a great way of getting your foot in the door with an employer. Many of our students already have part-time jobs in the sector that can count towards work placement hours.

    All of our students will be able to also get engaged with our learning companies, which provide in-house opportunities to gain real-world experience. This year students are providing a take-away service for college staff!

  • Applicant activities

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


    Enter this competition to showcase your skills. We would like to see either a dish you have cooked, fully garnished or a mocktail.

    You need to include a recipe and a description of your creation.

    There will be prizes of a £30 Amazon gift voucher for 1st place, £20 for second place and £15 for 3rd place.

    Submit your creation and/or contact the tutor

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    News - Home kitchens become student learning zones

    Meals on wheels has a whole new meaning for catering and hospitality students at West Nottinghamshire College thanks to an innovative project involving learning from home.

    Watch the video on YouTube

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    News - Cheers to the new academic year!

    Students began their new start at college with a sparkling twist.

    Read the story

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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.

    View the video on YouTube

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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.

    View the video on YouTube

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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

    Read Alicia's letter

    Read Annabelle's letter

    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

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

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area.

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

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