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Hospitality & Catering

Our courses cover all areas of the industry – from patisserie to providing hospitality.

Whether you dream of managing a leading hotel, becoming a catering manager, food scientist or head chef, you've applied to the right place because we have all of the right qualifications on the menu to set you up for your dream career.

You’ll be taught in our industry-standard training kitchens in The Riverbank Restaurant. Our award-winning restaurant has a 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor and is also open to the public, giving you the chance to cook or serve lunch and dinner to guests throughout the year.

Previous students have taken part in industry competitions, and in 2019, the NSCG catering team won 'Best Front of House' Team at the British Culinary Federation Finals.

Studying these subjects will prepare you for careers in: Catering Manager, Head Chef, Hospitality Specialist, Hotel Manager and Restaurant Manager.

NSCG Hospitality & Catering Students with the Lord Mayor of Stafford.
Ofsted, 2019
Learners and apprentices develop consistently high-level practical and technical skills at college, during competitions and during their work experience.

Ofsted, 2019

Useful information and contact details

Professional Cookery and Hospitality & Supervision (Level 1 - 3)


To help you transition into college life we've set a number of tasks for you to complete over the summer.

Project 1 Catering Icons Profile

Project 2 Kitchen Standards

Project 3 Catering Create a dish

Hospitality & Catering at NSCG overview

Here you can download our full guide to studying Hospitality or Catering, including what to wear and information on any equipment you may need. Download here.

In the meantime, if you have a question for Richard about the course? You can get in touch by emailing


Richard Finney

Richard Finney

Curriculum Leader in Hospitality & Catering

We caught up with the Curriculum Leader in Hospitality & Catering, Rich Finney, to chat about his career history, inspirations and most importantly, his favourite foods!

Q: How did you get in to the Hospitality & Catering industry?

A: At the age of 16 I began working some evenings and weekends as a pot wash for my brother who was a chef at the time. One weekend, one of the chefs didn’t turn up for work and I was quickly thrown on to the starter section to help out. As it turned out, I really enjoyed the adrenaline rush I got from working at such a fast pace and under pressure. I kept this part time work going alongside studying for my A Levels at South Cheshire College and also had a glittering semi-professional football career at Witton Albion FC.

Q: What did you study at college and where?

A: After finishing my A Levels, I started cooking full-time and enrolled on to the NVQ Level 2 Professional Cookery course at South Cheshire College. I quickly learned how vast and varied the industry was, and wanted to explore to find the best place to train locally. After turning 18, I moved to Chester and began working in the renowned Chester Grosvenor Hotel, which has held a Michelin star for 30 consecutive years and has a kitchen team of about 30 chefs! The combination of working 14 hours a day 5 or 6 days a week and traveling back to Crewe on my only day off to complete the course was intense but allowed me to learn lots and progress quickly.

Read Richard's full Q&A here.

Diane Hutchinson

Diane Hutchinson

Administrator: Hair, Beauty and Catering


I'm Diane Hutchinson, and I'm the Administrator for Hair, Beauty and Catering.

I have had a varied career before coming to the Stafford College, the main one being a Customer Service Manager for Tesco in several stores from Lee Mill in Devon to Worcester and plenty in between.

I came to the college 16 years ago as Senior Technician for Beauty and Holistic Therapies, which entailed everything to support the tutors from purchasing to organising interviews. As the department changed to include Hair and Catering, I took on the role of Administrator for both departments. My role is to support tutors and students, and ensure the smooth processing of applications and enrolments and anything else that is required.

The Riverbank Restaurant

The Riverbank Restaurant provides an unrivalled dining experience within Stafford Town Centre. Situated overlooking Victoria Park, in a purpose designed contemporary style dining room, our award winning restaurant is staffed entirely by Stafford College students.

Providing an invaluable training environment that helps to develop ‘real world’ skills for our ‘front of house’ team and pressurised service conditions for our ‘chef brigade’, we pride ourselves on the gourmet food and professionalism achieved.

Work Placements

Work experience and industry placements are a short-term experience of employment. As part of a student’s college life, it is imperative that we ensure they are ready for the world of work.

The videos below show some of our students taking part in work placements. Play the video and listen to our students and the employers talking about their experiences of work placements.

College life

Hit play to watch our 'BTEC at NSCG' video! We hope you're looking forward to being part of the NSCG family.


Take some time to get to know us really well. You will find our latest news, events and updates by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you are on Facebook please be sure to join our new Facebook groups ‘NSCG Stafford College Starters 2021’ where you can virtually join a community of learners who will also be joining NSCG in September, some of whom may be on the same course as you.

Get in touch

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Department Highlights

Expert Guests

Throughout the year our Riverbank Restaurant hosts a number of themed evenings, for which expert guest chefs are invited in to showcase their talents and deliver culinary masterclasses.

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Amazing Work Placement Opportunities

NSCG Hospitality & Catering student, Thomas Allan, as part of his course had the opportunity to work at 5 star, Michelin starred restaurant, The Bybrook during his industry work placement.

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National Success

NSCG Hospitality students in 2019 picked up the 'Best Front of House' award at the British Culinary Federation National Finals.

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Apprenticeships: Littleton Arms

Local employer The Littleton Arms were keen support staff development and made contact with NSCG to put two of their employees through apprenticeships in Chef de Partie and Hospitality Supervision.

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Celebrating Student Success

Each year we celebrate our students achieving their qualifications with our annual awards presentation evening held in our very own Riverbank Restaurant.

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If you have a specific question about our Virtual Open Days, simply get in touch.

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