Student kneading bread on black mountains college in seasonal catering

We are sorry to say our partner for this course, Bara Melin Talgarth will be closing this September and so we will not be offering this NVQ in academic year 2021/2. We hope to be able to announce a new partner for 2022/3, and keep an eye on our social media and website for short courses throughout the year.

What will I learn?

Seasonal Catering focuses on using local and seasonal ingredients to prepare a wide range of foods, for minimal impact and maximum taste and nutrition.  This NVQ is practical, contextual learning, backed up with classroom theory.  The curriculum includes:

  • Food safety
  • Work in a hospitality team
  • Produce Artisan bread products
  • Maintain efficient use of food resources to reduce food waste

Why study Seasonal Catering?

The BMC Level 2 in Seasonal Catering will give you the skills you need to pursue a sustainable and rewarding career.

  • Move into Level 3 Seasonal Catering
  • Use this qualification towards entry to the BMC undergraduate course
  • Become self-employed
  • Use transferable skills for employment opportunities in the food and catering sector

Why study at BMC?

  • The course tutor, Nicola Craven has extensive and award-winning experience from a broad spectrum of catering and bakery, bringing up-to-date techniques and knowledge.
  • Students without the necessary grades (grade 4/ C or above) will get additional teaching and support to study for GCSE English and maths.
  • Incorporating the 100-hour BMC Programme in ecology, sustainability and life skills.

How much does it cost?

All tuition fees for further education are fully funded by the Welsh Government for everyone regardless of age.

Find out about EMA and Welsh Government Learning Grants.

Additional costs for seasonal catering: Set of catering knives, steel-capped shoes and clothing  – £250 approx.

You will have the option to purchase these yourself, apply for a grant or borrow them from BMC.

What are the study hours?

This Seasonal Catering course is classed full time but the contact time required is 3 days a week over 30 weeks from the 6th September until end of June.

There is an element of self-guided learning too.

The weekly timetable is as follows:

Monday – Wednesday 9.15 – 3.15

How to apply

There are no entry requirements, although you will need to have gained a grade ‘C’ in maths and English GCSE by the end of the course if you have not done so already, and we can help you with that.

Our 2021 courses are now full, but you can register your interest for our 2022 courses by emailing


If you’d like to ask us any questions, join one of our taster sessions or arrange to have a chat with the tutor, email us.


*Courses are subject to change without notice

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