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Student Life

As a Lakefield College NVQ student, you’ll be part of a vibrant team with a great social scene, with loads of opportunities to make your college experience truly memorable

At Lakefield Hospitality College, enrich your learning with Masterclasses sessions led by well-known chefs and industry professionals. 

Immerse yourself in a robust learning environment where practical placements at highly-regarded venues are a cornerstone of your educational experience, taking place on Thursdays and Fridays. 

On other weekdays, delve into directed study sessions, interactive online classes, and hands-on culinary or hospitality exercises. Engage in E-portfolio work, and unwind with peers during the tea-time get-together. 

Additionally, Your journey at Lakefield Hospitality College is structured to ensure a well-rounded, practical, and enriching educational endeavour in the hospitality domain.

Student Services

Lots can happen during your time at our college and that’s why we are on hand to advise and support you.


At Lakefield, we want you have the opportunity to develop your full potential. As a student, you will have a personal tutor who will help you set and reach your goals in the areas of personal and professional development and who is available throughout your training.

This because we want to provide you with personal values such as team work, time management, commitment and flexibility. We focus on the person as a whole, developing not only professional but also personal and social skills, which are much requested by the leading members of the Hospitality Industry.


If you live outside London, at Lakefield Hospitality College, not only do we provide a comprehensive educational journey, but we also offer accommodation options. However, please note that availability is selective, ensuring a conducive and harmonious living-learning environment for all our students. 

Possibility To Work

Be one of the selected students to get the possibility of earning income by working for NEA. 


The college has excellent facilities for learning which include professional training kitchens, a training food service department, and classrooms with interactive whiteboards.

Wine Lab

Our newly furnished wine lab provides an appropriate space for our WSET level 1 and 2 wines courses. We stock a range of wines and spirits for tasting and the appropriate glassware for wines, spirits and cocktails.


You can have access to the library that has an wide range of both recipe books and theory books. These include books on Food and Beverage, International cuisine, Specialised Diets and more!

Study Spaces

There are plenty of study spaces including a desk in your room if you are a resident and the library, that can be used as a quiet study area.

Financial Support

We understand that financial matters are an important consideration for our students and that everyone’s circumstances are different.

Residential Bursaries

We offer bursaries to full-time students taking courses at our Lakefield Hospitality College. Applications for bursaries are made direct to the college, please e-mail us at WENDY@LAKEFIELD.ORG.UK for more information.

Careers Support & Advice

We are ready to give you any career advice you need to help you plan your future progression.

During your regular meeting with your mentor, we are more than happy to give you advice and guidance about employment and apprenticeship opportunities, continuing on in further or higher education.

• CV skills: we will teach you how to write and fine-tune your CV

• Life skills: you will learn the importance of communication, body language and assertiveness in world of work

• Group sessions

• Preparation for employment – interview tips, help with application forms, and job searching

• Preparation for higher education – help to choose university courses, applying to UCAS, writing personal statements and student finance

Term Dates



Wednesday 20th September L3 HS&L students only

NB – 2nd year continuing students are on placements from Mon 4th – Fri 16th September.

Sunday 24th September Residential students arrive 3pm-9pm

(12 weeks) Monday 25th September 2023 Term starts

Sunday 10th December Family Day @3pm

Wednesday 13th December Student Christmas party

Friday 15th December @ 1pm Term ends

HALF TERMFriday 27th October after class – Sunday 5th November 2023 @9pm


Sunday 7th January 2024 Residential students arrive by 9pm

(11 weeks) Monday 8th January Term starts

Thursday 28th March @ 1pm Term ends

HALF TERM Friday 9th February after class – Sunday 18th February @9pm


Sunday 14th April  2024 Residential students arrive by 9pm

Monday 15th April Term starts

Tuesday 28th May Term starts

Saturday 6th July Prize giving @3pm

Friday 12th July @ 1pm Term ends

HALF TERM Friday 17th May after class – Monday 27th May @9pm (Bank Holiday)

Open Days

Do you want a Tour?
Bespoke visits are organized by appointment. These can be arranged for weekdays 11 am – 1 pm or Saturdays 11 am – 2 pm.
Please email kristen.henderson@lakefield.org.uk if you would like to arrange a visit and we can show you around!

Information for Parents


Course Fees and Financial help

Our courses cost £2050 per year.
This includes:
City & Guilds registration
Exam fees
Assessment packages.

Student support

Students will have a weekly meeting with their assessor to assess their practical and theoretical progress.
They will also have a monthly meeting with their mentor which focuses more on employability skills and personal development. 

Residential facilities

Students who wish to be residential have the possibility of an individual room. This is equipped with a bed, desk, hand basin, wardrobe, and bookshelf. Individual shower cubicles with lockable doors are situated on each corridor.


Residential students are provided with breakfast, dinner every day, and lunch on the weekend. They will need to provide their own weekday lunch.

We operate a system of signing in for meals. Students can eat out if they prefer. We do cater to diets e.g. vegetarian, lactose-free, gluten-free. If the diet is for a medical reason, we need to see a doctor’s note. The college should be made aware of any allergies or intolerances before the term starts.


Students are required to arrive at the start with their uniform and textbooks, which need to be ordered far in advance to ensure they arrive on time.

International Students

Unfortunately, We do not accept international students currently.


You will apply online and you will receive the full application form from a member of our team. This will be processed and you will be invited for a try out and interview.
These are either previous employers or a teacher from your school. Referees cannot be members of your family.
You can apply for a bursary but we cannot guarantee you will be eligible.
Yes, once you have been offered a place you will be sent a link to order your equipment and uniform on line.

Yes, a £100 deposit needs to be paid after we have confirmed your place.

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