Hospitality & Catering

Are you looking for a future that offers a fun and fulfilling learning experience in an industry that’s flourishing and bursting with fresh ideas and opportunities? Then the fast-paced, multi-billion-pound hospitality and catering industry could offer the perfect fit.

And if you’re looking for a five-star Hospitality and Catering curriculum experience to help get you there then look no further than The Manchester College – the no.1 College in Greater Manchester for achievement*.

*NARTS 18/19

  • If you’re 16-18 you may start by joining our Centre of Excellence for Hospitality and Catering - the heart of our vibrant learning experience and the perfect starter if you’re hungry to learn.

    Working together in a focused and fun environment we will provide you with the knowledge, skills, experience and employability to start to shape your future and take the first steps into this fresh and exciting industry and towards your dream.

    If you’re hungry for more after your time in our Centre of Excellence or you obtain the necessary entry requirements before joining us, then you may have the opportunity to join our Industry Excellence Academy for Hospitality and Catering in partnership with The Chefs’ Forum.

    This unique academy for young, aspiring chefs in Greater Manchester and the North of England, offers you unrivalled access to the UK’s most inspirational culinary experts thanks to our fantastic partnership with The Chefs’ Forum.

    Through the Industry Excellence Academy you’ll have access to weekly, three-hour long academy sessions – where you’ll create dishes under the guidance of critically acclaimed and rosette awarded chefs, participation in open question and answer sessions with industry leaders, work placements in prestigious hotels and restaurants and visits to restaurants to see best practice in action

    Whichever level you start at, we offer qualifications focused on cooking, baking and patisserie and catering services from Level 1 to Level 3 that can enable you to create a successful future in the fast-growing hospitality and catering industry.

    Cookery Studies

    If you want to become a chef or work in a kitchen in a café or restaurant, one of our Cookery Studies or Professional Cookery Studies could be the perfect choice to build on your home-grown passion and start your valuable preparation to a future within the industry.

    Food and Beverage Service

    A career in the hospitality and catering industry isn’t confined to the kitchen. If you’re organised, flexible, a great team player and love talking to people, you might find that one of our Food and Beverage Service qualifications is a perfect fit. Whether the dream is to become a restaurant manager, run your own cafe or work in a customer orientated role serving food and drink, this is a great place to explore this dynamic industry sector.

    Patisserie and Confectionery

    Our Patisserie and Confectionery qualifications are perfect if you you’ve got a passion for baking and want to become a pastry chef, baker or cake-maker and produce perfect profiteroles, excellent éclairs, delicious desserts or beautiful bread.

  • Are you looking to perfect your passion for pastry, channel your love of baking or do you just want to try something new?

    We have a range of low-cost evening courses available to adults of any ability and experience.

    Whether you want to brush up on cake decoration, create perfect cupcakes, or learn about vegan or gluten free baking, our industry focused courses and expert tutors will help you to impress with a wide range of custom-made creations.

    • The Art of Plated Desserts
    • The Art of Vegan Baking
    • Basic Cake Decoration
    • Intermediate Cake Decoration
    • Bread Bakery
    • Cakes, Bakes and Treats
    • Chocolate
    • Cupcakes for Fun
    • Gluten Free Baking
    • And more

  • With a wealth of experience across the hospitality and catering industry, our team is perfectly placed to support and guide you to a successful career.

    You’ll learn from their experiences managing, running and training staff at successful luxury hotels and restaurants, specialised bakeries and patisseries.

    Passionate about teaching the next generation of hospitality and catering professionals, they are constantly ensuring their knowledge and skills are up-to-date by regularly attending skills sessions and continuing to work in industry.

    Get to know some of our tutors:

    Elizabeth Peters - Assistant Principal

    Liz has 30 years’ experience in the service industries and has also worked as a manager in a variety of colleges including Bury College, Calderdale College, and West Lancashire College, where she was responsible for setting up the

    Hospitality and Catering department. Liz has used this experience to develop and enhance the Hospitality and Catering department at The Manchester

    College and is passionate about improving the lives and the employability skills of the learners in Greater Manchester

    Maxine Gunning - Head of Department

    Maxine has a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry with specialist knowledge of food and beverage service and has worked as a Deputy Assistant Manager at a Manchester hotel. It was Maxine’s passion for training staff that brought her to The Manchester College, where she has taught a curriculum that she loves for almost fifteen years.

    Mark Cooper - Hospitality and Catering Tutor

    Mark Cooper is a Swiss trained baker and confectioner and a Master Patissier. After gaining this accolade whilst working in Germany, Mark gained over 30 years’ experience in luxury 5* hotels as an Executive Pastry Chef working across the globe. He has also been a manager in specialist bakeries and patisseries and has led new product development teams both nationally and internationally. Mark has been teaching in further education for five years, where he delivers full time and part time courses in bakery, patisserie and cake decorating.

    Andrew Foster - Food and Beverage Service Tutor and College Restaurant Manager

    Andrew has 30 years’ teaching experience following a period managing a successful hotel restaurant in Lancashire. He has taught at a diverse range of organisations including McVities, Lancaster Royal Infirmary and Manchester City Council. Andrew has also trained staff at the Lowry Hotel, Co-operative Retail Society, Royal Northern College of Music and has worked with Oliver Peyton’s Mash and Air in Manchester, training staff in wines and spirits and food and beverage service.

  • Our Hospitality and Catering courses are taught at our Fielden, Openshaw and Wythenshawe campuses in East and South Manchester.


    Our West Didsbury campus is the training ground for some of our specialised Bakery, Confectionery and Patisserie courses.

    The campus boasts state-of-the-art, industry standard catering facilities. The two modern kitchens each with six workstations and a specialist blast chiller, also offer access to top of the range equipment, creating a great workspace in which to perfect your skills and techniques. There is also a demonstration kitchen for judging that’s regularly used for professional culinary events.


    Our Openshaw campus in east Manchester is vibrant, modern and is also where

    you’ll find our amazing training restaurant. Boasting a state-of-the-art kitchen and restaurant, ‘Bistro East’ has won multiple awards – including AA College Rosette Accreditation - and offers the perfect environment and all the equipment you’ll need to learn your craft, whether you want to become a chef or work front of house.

    Open to students and staff for lunch during term time as well as for one-off special events, you’ll work on a menu that is constantly changing and evolving to reflect local, seasonable produce. As a result, you’ll learn how to satisfy customers’ needs with perfect service and learn how to produce a wide range of delicious dishes in a bustling restaurant environment.


    At our Wythenshawe campus in south Manchester you’ll find another of our amazing training restaurants.

    Our 3rd Floor Restaurant is more relaxed and contemporary but gives you the opportunity to put what you have learnt to practice in a fast-paced restaurant environment with real paying customers.

    You’ll serve and cook a range of traditional bistro style seasonal dishes to reflect the time of year and to help vary the range of techniques and foods you cook with.

    Like ‘Bistro East’, the 3rd Floor Restaurant is open to students and staff for lunch during term time.

  • Take a trip to our relaxed and friendly award-winning Bistro East Restaurant at Openshaw and Third Floor Restaurant at Wythenshawe.

    Dive into a classic dish or explore the new and innovative, experience the flavours of sustainably sourced, local and seasonal produce, professionally prepared and served to make a memory not just a meal.

    Food IS an adventure…just sit back and enjoy!

    For bookings please call 0161 674 3409 or alternatively email

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  • Whether you're having second thoughts about where you're currently studying or you've not yet decided what to do next, there are still places available at the No.1 College in Greater Manchester.

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Professional Cookery

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Food and Beverage Service Supervision

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Gluten Free Baking


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Top Careers Opportunities

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Restaurant manager

Average salary: £22k

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Baker / flour confectioner

Average salary: £17k

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Average salary: £17k

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Conference / exhibition manager

Average salary: £24k

All of the tutors are helpful and make me feel comfortable. The course has helped me interact with people. I like working in different environments and plan to complete a level 3 course then go into employment.

Lewis Maxall • Culinary skills Level 2 and Professional Food and Beverage Service Level 2

The learners we have are very committed and passionate about the industry, also ask lots of questions and have a hunger for learning … Having The Manchester College within our business is a pleasure and key to the development of the next generation of Chefs.

Stuart Duff • Executive Head Chef, Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel

In one of The Manchester College’s 19 Centres of Excellence you’ll develop the skills and gain the qualifications that you need to take the next steps towards your dream career.

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