GCSE Hospitality (2017)

The CCEA GCSE Hospitality specification is the only GCSE Hospitality course offered in the UK. Topics include diet and health, first aid, customer care and marketing.

Students develop both their knowledge of the hospitality industry and the skills required for working in it. They learn about:

  • how hospitality organisations operate;
  • how the industry meets people’s needs;
  • the products and services it offers;
  • employment possibilities in hospitality;
  • the importance of quality and customer service;
  • basic food hygiene practices; and
  • the skills required to provide food and drink for customers.

Practical tasks reinforce the learning and allow students to discover what it’s like to work in the hospitality industry. They also learn about hospitality career opportunities, including front-of-house and food and beverage roles. This enables them to make informed choices about further education, training and/or employment.

This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Science and Technology and Learning for Life and Work Areas of Learning.

The specification is unitised, so it’s possible to take part of the assessment at the end of the first year of study.

This specification has three units:

  • Unit 1: The Hospitality Industry
  • Unit 2: Hospitality and the Customer
  • Unit 3: Food and Beverage Preparation and Service.

Current Specification

First teaching: from September 2017
First assessment: from Summer 2018
First award: from Summer 2019
QAN: 603/1422/9
Subject code: 0007
Guided learning hours: 120
Qualification level: 1/2

Skills developed through our GCSE Hospitality

This specification supports the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 4 and gives students further opportunities to achieve their potential and develop skills for life. These include core skills required for working in the hospitality industry and practical skills in preparing and serving food.

Students of GCSE Hospitality also develop transferable skills that are important in working life. They experience team working when planning and delivering a function or event. They also have opportunities to develop time management, problem-solving, decision-making and self-management skills, as well as being creative and managing information.

Many students with qualifications in hospitality go on to have successful careers as chefs, waiters, front office managers, events managers and/or account managers.

For more information on this specification contact:

Deborah McGuffin
Subject Officer
07816 365963
Joan Jennings
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1439