Centre of excellence for

hospitality and catering

Whether your passion is for creating mouth-watering dishes or organising and running big events, our Centre for Excellence for Hospitality and Catering will help you to prepare for a career in a sector that is worth £22bn a year to the UK economy (BHA). 

Through our Centre of Excellence you’ll equip yourself with the skills that will set you up for a wide variety of different careers in this sector. With the foundations in place, you’ll have the opportunity to refine your skills in a particular area or discipline. 


Depending on your level of study you will complete up to 2 weeks' work experience with one or multiple employers, in either a single block or on seperate days during your course. You’ll also receive  ‘employability’ sessions that will equip you with the skills that you’ll need to thrive in the workplace. 

When you complete your journey in our Centre of Excellence for Hospitality and Catering you will have all the skills you need to be ‘work ready’ and the qualifications you need to take the next steps towards an amazing career. 

Available Courses

While studying in our Centre of Excellence you can obtain qualifications ranging from Entry Level and Level 3 certificates through to Extended Diplomas. If you haven’t already obtained a Grade 4 GCSE in English or maths you’ll also study to achieve this level of qualification, which is a mandatory requirement of your course and essential for many careers. 

In our Centre of Excellence for Hospitality and Catering you’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of this sector and gain work experience with industry leaders.

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Studying in our Centre of Excellence for Hospitality and Catering, you'll learn the skills that will set you up for a rewarding career in this thriving sector. These range from a chef, with an average annual salary of £21,300, to a baker, earning on average £22,500 a year


We aim to bring together industry professionals and our talented students to help secure the best possible future for our students. These partnerships include: 

Hilton Hotels
Hotel Football
James Martin
Rosso Restaurant & Bar
The Ivy Spinningfields
Wood Restaurants


From our outstanding facilities to fantastic work placement opportunities, get a taste of what it’s like working in the industry and see what you can expect from studying at The Manchester College in our gallery.

Working in a partnership is beneficial to the College and the business by forging great working relationships with lecturers and also the students, giving the students the opportunity to gain industry knowledge and experience. If there is ever an entry level commis chef position, the first place I look is the College to recruit.
Stuart Duff, Deansgate Hilton Hotel

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Find out more about our fantastic courses, outstanding facilities and the career options available to you in our subject area guide. 

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Book your place at our next open event to learn all about our Centre of Excellence for Hospitality and Catering, meet our tutors, tour facilities and hear about all the opportunities that come with studying Hospitality and Catering at The Manchester College.

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