GCSE Hospitality and Catering

    The GCSE option ‘Hospitality and Catering’ offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and extend their skills within hospitality and catering in a vocational context. It will provide opportunities to develop students’ interdisciplinary skills, a range of Key Skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence.

    It is a suitable qualification for those who want a broad background in this area and for those who wish to progress to further education. It will offer valuable preparation for those entering the world of work. The specification encourages the investigation and study of hospitality and catering.

    Catering (Single Award)


    UNIT 1: Catering skills related to food preparation and service

    Controlled Task 120 marks (Coursework).

    Two practical tasks selected from a bank of six WJEC set tasks. Internally assessed using WJEC set criteria and externally moderated. 45 hours in total. This unit accounts for 60% of the grade at GCSE.

    UNIT 2: Catering, food and the customer

    Written Paper 1 ¼ hours 80 marks

    This consists of one paper which will be externally set and marked. All questions are compulsory and targeted at the full range of GCSE grades. The paper will contain short-answer, structured and free response questions drawn from the catering content.

    Typical career pathways related to this option choice include:

    • Catering management
    • Pubs and Restaurant chains
    • Hotel Management
    • Chefs, Pastry Chefs, Commis Chefs, and various Front of House staff.