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Catering and Hospitality

Gain the skills you need to thrive in culinary arts and hospitality management.

Catering student cooking with tutor

Work experience on our doorstep

You will have the opportunity to complete work placements at our on-site commercial hotel and restaurant, The Yarrow, benefitting from tuition and guidance from some of Kent’s leading chefs and hospitality experts.

Students are able to showcase their skills and culinary knowledge at regular student dinners, cooking gourmet dishes for paying customers.

Professional Training Kitchens

With our history as a catering college, our qualifications could give you the edge you need to start a successful career in this challenging industry.

You will learn culinary skills and techniques from chefs in our industry-standard preparation kitchens. Our students learn how to create and prepare menus with a focus on sustainability.

Catering student baking with tutor

Exclusive Butler School

Our Hospitality courses are delivered in partnership with the Exclusive Butler School.

A career as a modern butler offers fantastic opportunities, career progression, and great earning potential.

Learning from highly experienced Butler trainers, you will gain the most desirable skills needed to work in high-end hospitality.

Hospitality student pouring wine for customers

How you apply for a course at Broadstairs College

Step 1 – Find a subject you’re interested in

Explore our range of adult courses, and find the subject and study program that is right for you.

Step 2 – Apply

Apply for a course via our website and application system.

Step 3 – Come to an interview

Come along to EKC Broadstairs College for an interview, where our team will explore your options and get you enrolled on a course.

Meet out Catering and Hospitality Programme Director

Gareth Oliver

Gareth has been with East Kent Colleges Group for almost 15 years, starting out as a Chef Lecturer before working his way up to become our Programme Director for Catering and Hospitality.

He works with students to ensure they gain essential industry knowledge in a range of areas, such as through work experience at our Yarrow Hotel.


EKC Broadstairs College campus building

Career prospects

Bar Managers
Annual pay
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.
Role description
Publicans and managers of licensed premises organise, direct and co-ordinate the activities and resources of public houses (non-residential and residential) and bar and catering facilities at non-residential clubs.
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Catering student Jordan Herring on work placement

“I think taking the catering qualification at college was a really good decision.  It’s provided me with plenty of skills that will help me through life. When I’m cooking the time just flies by, and I’m absolutely enjoying learning lots of new things.”

Jordan Herring
Level 2 Professional Cookery
Megan, Junior College student

“I’ve been cooking in industry-standard kitchens since Year 10, as I started Catering during my time at the Junior College. I’m glad I chose that route as it gave me a headstart into the industry. Since then I’ve progressed onto Level 3 and have had the opportunity to work so many exciting events and functions.

Megan Marvier
Level 3 Professional Cookery

We’re part of six community-based colleges

Our mission is to play a leading role for East Kent in developing the economic and social prosperity of the diverse communities we serve.