Foundation Degree in Hospitality, Events & Catering Management (Bac + 2)



If you have, or will soon have, a secondary school diploma, the École Supérieure Internationale de Savignac has a two-year diploma programme specialising in operational management in hospitality, events and catering management. This programme is taught in English.

> PROGRAMME DURATION :
2 years
> DURATION OF WORK EXPERIENCE :
a two-month work placement the first year and paid employment the second year in England
> ADMISSION LEVEL :
Baccalaureat or equivalent
> ECTS CREDITS :
120
SPECIALISATION :
Hospitality, catering and events management
Aim : to quickly become a professional with an international profile in the hospitality, catering and events management sectors

The Foundation Degree is a two-year diploma programme that provides the skills and work experience necessary for a career in the hospitality, events and catering management sectors, with an international dimension.

The diploma enables you to:

  • Conceive, organise and manage a production and distribution system for goods and services
  • Manage the setting up of events with an international component
  • Acquire reception and catering techniques
  • Develop your technical and professional know-how in France and Britain due to studies, work placements and employment
  • Gain linguistic fluency and professionalism within an international context
  • Become a professional capable of working in the most prestigious establishments
Career opportunities

The Foundation Degree in Hospitality, Events & Catering Management will enable you to access jobs in a wide range of sectors throughout the world :

  • Luxury hotels 
  • Chain hotels
  • Clubs, resorts
  • Independent hotels
  • Tourist apartments/residential hotels
  • Open air tourism
  • Commercial catering
  • Catering concessions
  • Institutional catering
  • Events organisers, caterers
  • Casinos
  • Aeroplane and rail catering
  • Retirement homes, hospitals 

Prospects abroad become a reality thanks to your diploma. After your Foundation Degree, you can start working straightaway, or continue your studies with one of Savignac’s two BA  programmes.

Savignac’s little bit extra:

- the interaction with professionals, teaching staff and members of the School’s staff provides a strong HRI network.

- career counselling that enables the student to hone his/her professional plans for optimum employability.

- Club Savignac, the Savignac alumni network, provides vital assistance in accessing the work market. Thanks to the sense of solidarity and mutual assistance of our former graduates, students benefit from additional support in seeking jobs, increasing their chances of finding the job that really suits them.

Calendar and Course content

Calendar

 Foundation Degree Calendar of Ecole de Savignac

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Programme

 In France (Year 1)

  • Communication in English
  • Study Skills
  • Information technology
  • Food and Beverage Operations Management
  • Personal and Professionnal Development
  • The Contemporary Hospitality Industry
  • Work-based Experience
  • Finance in the Hospitality Industry
  • Rooms Division Operations Management
  • Contemporary Gastronomy
  • 2 months internship
  • Food Safety in Catering

In England and in France (Year 2)

Work in the industry in England during 6 months

Employment in the sector is compulsory in England. The minimum wage in Great Britain is £5.13/hour if you are between 18 and 20 years old and £6.50/hour if you are older than 21 years. During your period in England, you will be employed and therefore you must negotiate your holidays as any other employee would. In England, you will have the status of employee and not a student on internship.

Work experience in Food & Beverage
(Gastro-pub, theatre restaurant, independent or chain hotel or restaurant…)
Examples of posts : waiter/waitress, team supervisor, room service, banquet and seminar service, receptionist…

Study in France

  • Quality Management and Business
  • Marketing in Hospitality
  • Customer Service
  • Research Project
  • Human Resource Management for Service Industries
  • Hospitality Contract & Event Management
  • Planning and Managing Food Production and Beverage Service
  • The Developing Manager
Work experience as part of the programme

Two months’ work experience the first year and a paid job the second year in England

During your first year, you will undertake a two-month work placement in one of the Foundation Degree’s specialist areas: hospitality, catering or events management. This initial work experience will enable you to gain and expand your skills and professional expertise, as well as honing your career path.

In the second year, you will continue your training in England, where you will be working for a company. You will have the status of an employee rather than an intern, and as such, you will be entitled to the minimum wage in Britain like any other employee.

 

Help in seeking a work placement

The École de Savignac helps you orientate your search for a work placement : files on business partners, the former student network , assistance with your search, with creating your CV and your covering letter, and with preparing for an interview.

A member of staff specifically assigned to the professional accompaniment of students is available to help you choose your work placement and define its parameters.

Academic recognition

The École de Savignac’s Foundation Degree in Hospitality Events & Catering Management is recognised by the British authorities as a BTEC Higher National Diploma in Hospitality Management (Level 5 Edexcel).

You will receive an European-recognised diploma from the École de Savignac validating the two-year programme in hospitality, events and catering management.

You will also acquire 120 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System). 

Student with a validated Foundation Degree in Hospitality, Events & Catering Management may apply for one of the two BA programmes offered by the École de Savignac. 

Application conditions

Admission criteria

  •  Holders of a secondary school diploma

Selection procedure

  • Selection based on application 
  • English evaluation test
  • Personal motivation interview 

     

    For students from abroad, telephone or skype interviews can be arranged.

    • Deadline for applications: end May
    • Handling fee: 120 €

    For students from abroad, the handling fee must be paid by bank transfer (please contact us to obtain our bank details).

Tuition fees

Tuition fees

        • Tuition fees: 5,400 € per year (10,800 € for the two years) 
        • Subscription to the student association (ASIS): 100 € (professional visits, meals off campus, etc) 
        • Option of lifelong membership of the alumni association, Club Savignac: 150€
        • Prerequisite catch-up course (four weeks): 950 €. This is an obligatory English course (written and oral) for students with less than 7/10 in the English evaluation test.

Canteen

Catering at the École de Savignac is managed by the catering company Sogeres. All students must eat their midday meal at the campus canteen.

Accommodation

        • In France – accommodation close to the School: we can provide you with a list of addresses offering furnished lodging (average cost: 320 €/month*).

          * This figure is given for information purposes only and is likely to change annually.

          • In England

            Accommodation with a host family or individually rented accommodation. Students are responsible for their own meals in England.

How to finance your studies

Do not forget that you will be earning a wage for nearly a year in England, which will help pay for your accommodation and meals. Your status will be that of an employee rather than an intern, and your activity will be governed by a work contract.

FAQs

Recruitment

 1. How does recruitment take place?  

Recruitment takes place in two stages:

First of all, candidates must carefully complete the application form which they have been sent or print it here.

If you are considered eligible, you will be invited for an interview. You will also have to pass an English test.

  1. What are the selection criteria?

We are interested in your school reports, in particular, your teachers’ appraisals. Above all, we are looking for motivated students prepared to commit to an exacting programme.

During the interview, your motivation, your knowledge of the sector, your appearance and potentially your career plan will be determining factors.

  1. Is there a deadline for applications?

We accept applications until the end of May.

  1. How long after my interview might I expect to receive a reply?

You will receive a reply, be it positive or negative, 10-15 days after your interview.

  1. How do I confirm my application?

The School’s letter of reply will also contain an inscription form to be completed, signed and returned to the School. For students from abroad, the 800 € deposit must be paid by bank transfer (please contact us to obtain our bank details). Registration of this form and the bank transfer will serve as definitive confirmation of your inscription at the École de Savignac, subject to obtaining a secondary school diploma.

Accommodation and meals

  1. How do I find accommodation for my time spent at Savignac?

There is a wide choice of rented accommodation within close distance to the School (houses or apartments for single/joint rental). We will send you a list of addresses once your application has been accepted. The average monthly rental is 320 €.

  1. How does the canteen work in France?

The École de Savignac has a self-service restaurant on campus. Students are obliged to eat their midday meal there on weekdays. Meals are also available in the evening, if so desired.

  1. How do I find accommodation in England?

In England, you can find a room with a local inhabitant, or individual rental). Students are responsible for their own meals in England.

  1. Rent is apparently more expensive in England. How can I pay for it?

Do not forget that you will be earning a wage for nearly a year in England, which will help pay for your accommodation and meals. Your status will be that of an employee rather than an intern, and your activity will be governed by a work contract.

 

Diploma

Is the Foundation Degree internationally recognised?

The École de Savignac’s Foundation Degree in Hospitality Events & Catering Management is recognised by the British authorities as a BTEC Higher National Diploma in Hospitality Management (Level 5 Edexcel). You will also receive a diploma from the École de Savignac validating the two-year programme in hospitality, events and catering management.

You will also acquire 120 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System). 

Thanks to the ECTS, once you have obtained your diploma, you can pursue your studies in any European country that has ratified the  Bologna Treaty.

 

> CONTACTS :
Amandine RAYNAL : a.raynal@ecole-de-savignac.com
Anne GUITTON :
a.guitton@ecole-de-savignac.com
Phone : + 33 (0)5.53.05.08.11