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Turn up the heat and start your hospitality and catering career with a course from North Hertfordshire College.

When you study one of NHC’s catering and hospitality courses, you’ll learn the practical skills involved with catering for different environments, as well as key theoretical knowledge of safety standards and customer service. You’ll also have access to valuable experiences to help you start your career through our excellent employer partnerships and our industry-standard facilities. Design menus and cook and serve themed meals in our Hart Kitchens restaurant and Hart Deli snack shack, and take orders and brew a range of hot drinks in our coffee and sandwich bar – all from a familiar location of our Hitchin campus.

Our students regularly compete in high-profile competitions both nationally and locally, and often support professional chefs at events. By joining one of our courses, you’ll also gain experience in both national and local establishments (some of whom hold Michelin stars!), thanks to the industry connections of our tutors.

No matter what area of the hospitality sector you’re looking to join, start your journey with NHC.

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Career pathways

The Hospitality and Catering industry is the 3rd largest private sector employer in the UK, so there are plenty of career options open for you to explore. In fact, Hospitality & Catering continues to be identified as an employment growth area in Hertfordshire over the next five years.

A course from North Hertfordshire College will give you the skills and experience you need to succeed in your chosen area – the world is your oyster! Career options open to you after your course include, but are not limited to:

  • Head chef
  • Restaurant critic
  • Nutritionist
  • Health and Safety manager
  • Events co-ordinator
  • Hotel manager
  • Concierge
  • Waiter
  • Distribution manager

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What our students say

Work experience

We have developed strong links with the local community over many years, through our tutors’ industry experience and our network of successful alumni. We continue to expand and nurture these relationships so that we can continue to offer great opportunities to our students. As a student on an NHC Hospitality & Catering course, you’ll benefit from regular talks and demonstrations from guest speakers from across the hospitality and catering sector, as well as the opportunity to attend external trips to hospitality establishments and competitions.

Work experience opportunities include placements in a variety of hospitality and catering organisations. This includes Michelin-starred restaurants, some of the best local restaurants in Hertfordshire, and prestigious fine dining establishments in London.

Our students are well respected in their placements, too. But don’t just take our word for it – Michelin star chef Andrew Pern says we “clearly have excellent training standards.” So that’s pretty great!

Looking for courses for adult learners?

North Hertfordshire College is proud to offer a range of professional and leisure courses to adults in the local community.

Whether you’re looking to change career, improve your skills, or pick up a new hobby and make new friends, NHC has a course for you.

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