HND Hospitality Management host Afternoon Tea

Higher National Diplomas (HND) are equivalent to two years of undergraduate study and can be used to progress to an Honours Degree programme.

Harriet Huddleston (pictured top centre) explains more…

‘I’m in my second year of the HND in Hospitality Management. On a Monday morning we do a practical patisserie class and in the afternoon we explore management and leadership theories. Tuesday morning is the Food & Beverage Management module and in the afternoon it’s Conference & Banqueting. The Afternoon Tea event today brings together what we’ve been studying.’

The students hosted the Afternoon Tea event on Monday 27th March for 30 people. 

They started their preparations in the morning. Andrew Abbott (pictured top left) was making choux pastry and Harriet (top centre) was preparing the Lemon Posset, whilst the cornflake and praline bases for the Chocolate Delice were in the fridge setting. The students made a light chocolate mousse which was piped onto the base, and a hot spoon was used to flatten the surface…

The menu sounded & looked delicious! It included:

Plain and Fruit Scones; Lemon Possets, Vanilla Profiteroles; Vanilla Mini Cupcakes; Strawberry Cheesecakes; Chocolate Delices; Sandwiches (Egg & Cress, Cucumber, Honey Roast Ham & Homemade Chutney and Smoked Salmon) and a Cheese, Tomato and Onion Quiche.

The finished results were spectacular!

The students worked together to plate the 6 cakes, a quiche and 4 types of sandwiches…

and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all… 

The feedback from the guests was extremely positive – five stars and requests for more!

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A big well done to all the students involved!

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Here’s what two of the students said after the event: 

‘After finishing my AS Levels at QKS,  I started the Level 3 Hospitality apprenticeship at Castle Green Hotel, which I completed last year. I am now a Management Trainee at the hotel and studying the HND in Hospitality Management. I’m doing tasks at work that link directly with what I’m studying. I come into College on Mondays and Tuesdays and have four days at work. Running the event today has been great, especially seeing the kitchen side and how that all comes together. I’m considering going onto either food and beverage management or general management in the future’

Claire Moffatt, HND Hospitality Management

‘The jump from the level 3 full-time course to the HND has been amazing: mentally, physically and emotionally. It’s been a step up and a great challenge. I’ve learnt about leadership characteristics and skills through the developing manager module, and learnt a lot about myself as a result! I’ve learnt how important it is to get the right wording when communicating with people, and how to be assertive in a considerate way. I love the College environment and have had so many experiences during my time here. I’ve been on trips to San Francisco, China, Berlin, Amsterdam and Belgium. I now work full time at Avanti in Kirkby Lonsdale and come to College two days a week. When I’ve finished this course I’d like to travel more, spend more time in Europe and I’ve always wanted to go to Asia. We recently had German exchange students visit us at College – the new and different ways of thinking about things is fascinating, I love experiencing new things and learning languages.’

‘Today ran incredibly smoothly. We limited ourself to an exact number number and we all knew our jobs and responsibilities. The execution was exactly what we planned for. It went so well that customers loved the experience and asked for more!’

Andrew Abbott, HND Hospitality Management


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