School of Travel, Food & Drink

City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Culinary Skills

This qualification will help you become an experienced chef. You’ll gain a high standard of cookery skills and have the option to learn further work...

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NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Food and Beverage Service

This qualification provides the required skills and knowledge for working in the hospitality and catering industry. It is designed to meet the needs o...

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Level 3 Diploma in Professional Patisserie and Confectionery

This course enables students to develop the required skills and knowledge to become professional patisserie chefs. You will study in our state-of-the-...

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About the School

Join the School of Travel, Food & Drink and realise your aspirations in catering, hospitality, food or travel. Each course combines practical and theoretical knowledge with creativity and stellar service – helping you prosper in your future profession.


We offer a wide range of courses to suit all interests.

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Develop your knowledge and intermediate skills in patisserie and bakery with this 29-week course. You’ll learn how to produce pastry items, cakes, sponges, and hot and cold plated desserts – and get an introduction to chocolate making.

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Gain the skills and knowledge required to become a professional patisserie chef in our state-of-the-art kitchen and bakery. Not only will you produce artisan bread, croissants and macarons, you’ll also have the opportunity to develop chocolate making skills by creatingfantastic petit fours and a chocolate showpiece.

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Learn how to deliver memorable travel experiences on this motivating course. You’ll become a destination expert with a deep understanding of business and marketing behind the tourism sector. Students who complete this course can progress on to the NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma.

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Take to the skies as a cabin crew member or travel expert on this dynamic year-long programme. You’ll gain the customer service skills and destination knowledge to succeed in the industry – through specialist teaching and memorable trips. Please note, you’ll be required to wear a uniform.

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The School of Travel Food and Drink’s professional facilities help students hone their skills. These include an air cabin simulator, world-class kitchens, a fully equipped patisserie room, and a flourishing commercial restaurant. Students also have the opportunity to showcase their goods in our student-run shop.

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A discounted Disneyland trip is available for our Level 3 travel and tourism students from the store.


Why should I study a vocational qualification?

Vocational qualifications, such as apprenticeships, are industry-recognised awards and admired by employers across hospitality, catering and travel. With a vocational course, you’ll gain valuable practical, hands-on learning and on-the-job experience that prepares you for the working world.

What course types are available?

Our course offering is varied to suit all backgrounds, grades and levels of experience. Choose from exciting apprenticeships, NVQ diplomas, City & Guild certificates and much more.

What progression routes can I take?

We offer a wide range of progression routes – from entry-level courses through to Level 3 programmes. You can find progression options for individual courses on the relevant department pages for Aviation, Food and Drink, and Travel and Tourism.

Which campus are you based at?

We’re located at the Printworks Campus – located on Leeds’ South Bank, just a short walk from the station.

Do I need a laptop or computer for my studies?

This is recommended but not compulsory.

Will I need to wear a uniform?

Most courses will require you to wear a uniform, and details of the uniform required for each specific course area can be found on individual department pages. Uniforms must be purchased before the course starts, and eligible students can apply for the college bursary to cover the cost.


We are committed to making sure all students and staff are protected from harm. Every member of staff is trained in safeguarding and child protection, and our dedicated safeguarding team is on hand for advice and support. We are here for you and will always listen to you.

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Baker Apprenticeship Level 2

This programme will focus on making bread products in an industrial, in-store or craft bakery environment.

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Hospitality Team Member Apprenticeship Level 2

This programme allows students to work in the hospitality sector. Hospitality team members carry out a range of general and specialist roles within ho...

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Commis Chef Apprenticeship Level 2

This programme will allow students to train in the kitchen to become commis chefs. A commis chef learns how to carry out the basic functions in every ...

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Did You Know?
Did you know we have 541,720,573 resources at Leeds City College?

Did you know we have 541,720,573 resources at Leeds City College?

The resources include books, journals, e-books, videos, encyclopedias and more. These resources are the combined total number of resources at Joseph Priestley Centre, Beeston, Rothwell Centre, The Annexe, Printworks Campus and Park Lane Campus. We also have 12,277 e-books across Leeds City College libraries and more than 500,000 videos!

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