Catering and Hospitality Courses

Our Catering and Hospitality courses are delivered by tutors with a wealth of catering and hospitality industry knowledge and their professional expertise is valued by our students.

Officially opened by its patron, Gary Rhodes, in October 2002, our multi-million pound purpose-built Centre for Hospitality and Food Studies provides excellent facilities and training for hospitality students and aims to give them a realistic sense of what it is like to work in the hospitality industry.

These outstanding, state-of-the art training facilities including two busy public restaurants, extensive kitchens, bars and reception areas. Further Education qualifications offered include hospitality, hospitality supervision and leadership, professional cookery and chefs.

If this isn’t for you why not consider undertaking an Apprenticeship, which allows students to earn while they learn as well as gaining first-hand experience in a hospitality or catering environment. For adult learners part-time evening courses are offered in Patisserie and Confectionery and Cake Decorating.

The commercial arm of Colchester Institute, CI Business Solutions also offers a range of Professional Food Safety Training Awards for Businesses. Click here to find out more.

Full-time courses
Part-Time Courses
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Hospitality (Restaurant, Reception and Customer Service) Level 2
Hospitality Management and Supervision Level 3
Professional Chef Level 1/2/3
Professional Cookery Level 1/2/3

Katie Ryder, Professional Chef Level 3

"I really enjoy all the practical work and making a variety of dishes. All the teachers are bubbly and enthusiastic about the course which makes it more enjoyable. I wish to work in pastry in the future."

Archie Ellis, Professional Cookery Level 3

"Taking part in and winning the 2019 Inter-college Patisserie Competition was a great experience. It really put my cookery and time management skills to the test when the pressure was on."

Charlotte Pryor, Professional Cookery Level 2

"I chose Colchester Institute because I was impressed with the kitchens, restaurants and overall facilities. I love the new skills I am learning and the friends I have made who have become almost like family to me."

Brandon-Paul Bowles, Professional Chefs Level 2

"I love cooking because there's so much you can do. We cover so many different things so there is always something new to experience and learn. The College is a very welcoming place that has allowed me to make new friends and enhance my skills."

Chef de Partie Apprenticeship
Commis Chef Apprenticeship
Hospitality Supervisor Apprenticeship
Hospitality Team Member Apprenticeship
Production Chef Apprenticeship

City & Guilds 7120-22 General Patisserie and Confectionery Diploma
Professional Cake Decorating