School of Catering, Hospitality and Agriculture
The School of Catering, Hospitality and Agriculture is situated in a self-contained, purpose-built block housing a training restaurant, bakery shop plus specialist production kitchens, bakeries and teaching rooms.
Over the years, the school has maintained its reputation for producing high quality training in all aspects of the course provision. Students have recently achieved Medals of Excellence for Sugar Craft; Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for their cookery skills and service which are demonstrated in the award-winning Blasus training restaurant and coffee shop. The school also has a bakery shop, Y Pobty, where the bakery students sell their breads and cakes. All the facilities are open to the public during term times.
Career and employment opportunities are great and we have past students all over the world as well as in senior positions in local establishments.
We have a dedicated team of staff that closely monitor the students' progress. Part-time students can enhance their skills from the workplace at College at Levels 2 and 3 in all disciplines of catering, bakery and hospitality.
The course provision starts with entry Level 1 in Catering and finishes at HND Level 5 in Hospitality.
The main full- and part-time qualifications are:
- Professional Cookery & Food Service: Levels 1 to 3
- Bakery & Patisserie: Levels 1 to 3
- Sugar Craft & Sugar Flowers: Levels 1 to 3
- Hospitality Supervision: Level 3
- Hospitality Management: Level 4/5
Short courses in Food Hygiene, Basic Health and Safety, Nutrition and Healthy Eating are also available within the School.
The main site is based in Neath and serves as a teaching base.
There are a range of glasshouses & other facilities to provide students with opportunities to learn a variety of horticultural skills. Experienced staff provide tuition & support to ensure learners have the help & support to succeed in a fun and friendly environment.
The horticulture department has been successful in winning several prestigious prizes including:
• Royal Horticulture Society Show Cardiff
• Garden & Smallholder Festival Builth Wells
Many of our students have gone on to work in a variety of roles within the horticulture industry, including running their own gardening and landscaping businesses, working for the National Trust, in private gardens and garden centres. Whether you are looking for a career or just a keen gardener looking to increase your knowledge, we have a course for you. We run fulltime, part time, daytime and evening courses, as well as short courses.
For more details, please call the Horticulture Department directly on 01639 648261.
Holocaust Memorial Garden 2014 (Neath Campus)
This garden has been built by the Horticulture Department to commemorate the Holocaust. Full and Part-Time Students from Level 1 and 2 Land-based Horticulture programmes have pooled their skills to complete the installation.
The department was initially approached by the College’s Diversity Officer to see if a garden could be constructed as a lasting reminder for Holocaust Memorial Day along the theme of ‘The Legacy of Hope’. In 2010 a design was produced that reflected upon that period of history, that also provided a contemplation point for visitors. The garden was constructed originally at the former location of the Horticulture Department, at Twyn Yr Hydd, set within Margam Country Park. It was opened by Holocaust survivor Agnes Grunwald-Spier in April 2010. Following the re-siting of the Horticulture Department to the College’s main Campus at Neath in summer 2012 the garden was relocated. The garden was constructed in a quiet area of the campus fitting in with the original concept, where it is now a focal point. It remembers victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, especially on January 27th, when the College commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day.
Once we had selected an appropriate area of the Campus the first task was to mark out the area to establish the location for the garden’s different elements. The trees were then transplanted from their original site to their current location. The rest of the garden could then be constructed, the sleepers with chains and their surrounds being the next feature installed. Finally the paving was laid and the timber edging was incorporated to define the edges.
The gardens features are heavily symbolic:
Railway Sleepers – represent the terrible journey endured by many of the victims when brought into the camps.
Chains – Represent shackles and imprisonment
Dark/Light Colour scheme – Represents the contrast between innocent victims and their persecution
Silver Birch – Push through the structure as a symbol of growth and renewal
The School offers a wide variety of courses, including specialist and up-dating courses. Students are able to progress both vertically and horizontally through the courses we provide.
Courses start at OCN Foundation Level 1 and students can progress to NVQ Level 3. All programmes of study can be accessed either through full- or part-time attendance. Students have the opportunity to gain full or part/unit qualifications in all awards.
For further information, contact Sue Lloyd-Jones: Head of School
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