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Hospitality, Tourism & Sport

Food and Beverage Service - Apprenticeship Level 2

Start Date: 2nd September 2021
Code: PWFC01863

  • Further Education
  • Full-time
  • Ballymoney
  • Course Information
  • We are currently not accepting applications for this course. To make an enquiry or register your interest please email the course contact below. Applications for 2022/23 will open in January 2022.


Duration: Up to 2 Years Full-time
Start date: 2nd September 2021
End date: 16th June 2023

What is an Apprenticeship?

As an apprenticeship you are employed as full-time members of staff and typically work for an employer three to four days a week. One or two days a week is spent at college, studying for nationally-recognised qualifications in the same profession as the apprenticeship.

  • You must find your own employer
  • Some employers may require GCSEs on entry
  • It might be possible to do an apprenticeship with a current employer
  • You work all year round, but your College classes run from September to July
  • Employers pay for the day the apprentice is in college, meaning you will receive a full-time wage at least in accordance with the national minimum wage

Details and restrictions

  • Apprentices must be aged 16 or above. Restrictions apply for those over 25.
  • Employers must be based in Northern Ireland
  • ApprenticeshipNI 2017 part-funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund (ESF) and the Department for the Economy (DfE)

Course Content

This course is the ideal qualification for anyone who works or wants to work in the hospitality and catering industry and will help you to obtain work in a variety of roles including:

  • Catering/Restaurant manager
  • Fast food service assistant
  • Reception
  • Waiter/waitress
  • Bar Manager

Units include:

  • Food safety
  • Effective teamwork
  • Investigate the Catering & Hospitality Industry
  • Health
  • Food & beverage service skills

What will I gain?

  • Technical Award and or Level 2 in Food and Beverage Service
  • Good practical skills
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • City & Guilds Essential Skills in Numeracy, Literacy & ICT (if applicable), City & Guilds Employability Award, City & Guilds Personal & Social Skills Award
  • Access to the Digital Learning Environment (DLE)

Meet the Employer

Galgorm have worked closely with the College over the last few years on the apprenticeship programme taking on professional cookery and food and beverage apprentices offering a rewarding career in the hospitality industry.  Richard McGowan, Staff Engagement Officer from Galgorm explains more.


Richard McGowan

Special Features

  • Visits to Hotels and restaurants
  • Guest speakers, e.g. professional chefs, hotel managers, Environmental Health Officers etc.
  • CIEH Level 2 Award in food safety
  • Competition Work.
  • You will be allocated a personal tutor to help you throughout the course. The College also offers learning support and guidance.

  • You must have attained the minimum school leaving age of 16 (up to 22 yrs for those who require additional support and 24 yrs for those in care).
  • Apply online and attend an information session.
  • Take part in an aptitude test (if applicable).

Upon successful completion you may be able to progress to employment in the following areas:

  • Waiter/Waitress
  • Sommelier
  • Cocktail Mixologist
  • Restaurant Supervisor
  • Restaurant/Bar Manager

2 Coleraine Road
BT53 6BT
028 2766 0401


Simon Clarke

Alternatively it is available at the following campus.

Essential Skills

All full-time students at the Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and IT skills and gain qualifications. The qualification you take will depend on the qualification you already have. If you do not have a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths or ICT, you MUST do Essential Skills. This will form a compulsory part of your timetable.

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