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BTEC Firsts in Hospitality can help you take your first steps towards a career in events, catering or accommodation. You’ll learn essential skills such as planning and running an event, preparing and serving food and drink, and delivering first-class customer service.

BTECs are vocationally-related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. You will develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes.  BTEC Firsts motivate learners and open doors to progression to further study and responsibility in the workplace.



The BTEC First in hospitality is a vocationally related qualification available in four sizes: Award, Certificate, Extended Certificate, Diploma.  


The Award requires you to gain:

  • Three Mandatory units: Introducing the Hospitality Industry and Working in the Hospitality Industry, Food Safety and Health and Safety in Hospitality

  • Optional unit: Planning, Preparing, cooking and finishing food

The Certificate requires you to gain:

  • Four Mandatory units: Introducing the Hospitality Industry, Working in the Hospitality Industry, Food Safety and Health and Safety in Hospitality, How the Hospitality Industry contributes to Healthy Lifestyles

  • 2-4 Optional units: Planning, Preparing, cooking and finishing food, Food and beverage service


Units are graded at Level 2 Pass, Merit, Distinction, Level 1 Pass, unclassified

How will it be delivered?

Two of the mandatory units are externally assessed and you will be required to sit paper based exams each lasting for 1 hour and 15 minutes, you will get the opportunity to sit these in January and June.

The remaining units are internally assessed. Internal assessment allows learners to develop a wider range of skills and provides evidence towards meeting the unit assessment criteria. Evidence for assessment can be generated through a range of activities, including role play, practical performance and verbal presentations.

Entry requirements

This is a level 2 qualification so learners should ideally be level 1 or above for entry, however the structure of the qualification allows learners who do not achieve at Level 2 may achieve a grade of level 1 pass.

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