Hospitality (Restaurant, Reception and Customer Service) Level 2

The Front of House course programme is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in the dynamic hospitality industry. You will benefit from plenty of hands-on practical experience working in our award-winning commercial restaurants providing a range of front of house services.

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular January Open Events are also open.

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What Will I Learn?

You will support practical knowledge with a range of classroom based activities including presentations, industry visits and workshops with industry professionals. Units may include customer service and communication skills, safe and secure working environments, reception and restaurant theory, and dealing with bills and payments.

All practical work in College will be undertaken within the College’s front office and restaurant areas. This programme leads to the following qualifications:

  • Diploma in Front of House Reception NVQ  Level 2
  • Diploma in Food and Beverage Service NVQ  Level 2
  • Functional Skills/GCSEs
Course Content

This course is delivered through classroom activity, practical work and self-study which will all contribute to your portfolio of evidence, as will presentations, industry visits and visiting speakers. You will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills

Front of House – Restaurant and Hospitality Reception Studies NVQ Diploma Level 2 units may include:

  • 70% of your Studies in Practical Sessions
  • Reception and Restaurant Theory
  • Safe and Secure Working Environment
  • Customer Service and Communication Skills
  • Dealing with Bills and Payments
  • Functional Skills/GCSEs
Entry Requirements
  • 4 GCSEs (9-3) including English and Maths, or satisfactory results (Merit/Distinction) in a relevant Level 1 qualification
  • An interview.
Career Opportunities

Immediate employment prospects in reception or food service within restaurants, hotels, leisure centres, conferences and exhibition centres.

Course Progression

Students can progress onto Hospitality Management Supervision – Food Service and Events Level 3 course programme or the advanced Apprenticeship in Hospitality Supervision and Management, followed by the opportunity to enter higher education degree level study.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Hospitality (Restaurant, Reception and Customer Service) Level 2
LevelLevel 2
DurationOne year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £2,732


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