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Bar Service 100 Hours Certificate Course
Learn About Bar Service
Bar Service course online: Acquire the knowledge and skills to become an efficient bar tender in a hotel, continental cafe, restaurant, public house and other establishments. This course developed over 25 years by experts, will five you a solid grounding in bar tending and then give you the opportunity to bring all your newly acquired learning together with a final problem based learning project. Learn about different types of wine and the grapes used, spirits, beers and the brewing process, mixing drinks and cocktails, non alcoholic beverages used, plus serving procedures you should employ to be a qualified bar person. Bar staff duties will normally include:
- Providing Service to customers
- Cleaning (including the bar, tables & glass ware)
- Customer Relations
Bar staff often have duties segregated from food service staff; although in many restaurants, the same person might perform both duties. Essentially food service staff are responsible for meals and bar staff for drinks and light snacks. Menus can vary significantly depending on the type of establishment. In today's ever changing world, there is increasing innovation, and the rules of traditional bar service are increasingly broken. As such, bar staff may very often find themselves performing various food service duties. Because of this, the course also covers food handling and waiting.
Lesson Structure: Bar Service VTR204
There are 7 lessons:
- Service of Food
- Creating a Menu
- The Law
- Staff Qualities
- Hygiene & Cleaning
- Bar Equipment and Layout
- Beverage Dispensing Equipment
- Quality of Service
- Procedure for Taking Orders
2 Alcoholic Products
- Beer and the The Brewing Process
- Beer Mixes
- Types of Wine
- Storing Wines
3 Non Alcoholic Beverages
- The Coffee Blend
- Grinding Coffee
- Making Coffee
- Coffee Variations
- Specialty Teas
- Herbal Teas
- Common Herbal Teas
- Spiced Tea
- Storing Teas
- Brewing Tea
4 Service Procedures
- Dealing With Customers
- Addressing Customers
- During Service
- Recording Details of any Incident
- Carrying Plates
- Using a Service Plate
- Carrying Glasses
- Carrying Trays
- Handling Food
- Guidelines for Maintaining Hygiene
- Money Issues: Rolls & Bags of Money
- Using a Cash Register
- Refusing Service
- Understanding Substance Abuse Disorders: Parental Influences, Peer Influences, Personality Traits, Alcohol Abuse
5 Mixing Drinks
- General Rules for Mixing Cocktails
- Bar Flairing
- General Hints
- Cocktail Recipes
- Liqueur Coffees
- Wine Selection
- Opening Wine
- Serving Wine
- Wine Grapes
- Chenin blanc
- Chardonnay (Pinot Chardonnay)
- Pinot blanc
- Muscat Ottonel
- Gewurztraminer (Sauvignon Rose)
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Beverage Lists
- Serving Temperatures
7 Establishing a Bar Service
This lesson involves learning in a different way to the previous lessons; through what is often referred to in universities as a PBL (Problem Based Learning Assignment)
WHAT IS PBL?
Most educators would argue that the main goal of education is to develop the student’s ability to effectively solve problems. Thus, there is a style of education evolving around the world known as Problem Based
Learning (PBL). PBL can be defined as a learning method based on using problems as a starting point for the acquisition and integration of new knowledge.
There is a strong trend toward the use of PBL by many successful and progressive education providers across the world; and graduates from this form of education consistently achieve better and faster progress
in their careers than graduates from comparable traditional classroom based education. This is largely why we have included the following project. This lesson will present you with a PBL project.
In addition to the above, PBL also benefits trainees in the following ways. It :
- Develops critical and creative thinking
- Creates effective problem-solvers
- Increases motivation
- Encourages lateral thinking
- Improves communication and networking skills
- Is based on real-life situations
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
Every PBL project is carefully designed by experts to expose you to the information and skills that we want you to learn. When assigned a project, you are given:
- A statement of the problem
- Questions to consider when solving the problem
- A framework for the time and effort you should spend on the project
- Support from the school
Students who are accustomed to traditional education might think that PBL is not what they need. However, research backs PBL in all areas of learning. After you have completed a PBL project, you will
Project Aim - To create and present a plan with specific strategies for developing a new and innovative bar service.
You are a hotel employee with an interest in bar service; but little experience. A bar in the hotel you work at has been unprofitable for some time. The bar manager has been on a limited budget, and the bar has only been open from 5 to 9pm each day, despite the fact that the hotel has plenty of guests (It is a 5 star hotel and has 130 rooms, and rarely less than a 65% occupancy rate). This is the only bar in the hotel, though it does also have a restaurant, which provides a limited bar service, but only during meal times.
The manager of this bar has resigned, and the hotel has asked you if you are interested in taking over the running of the bar, either as an employee, or perhaps leasing it. They indicated that they are interested in any proposal you might make, and provided it did not require an excessive financial risk on their part, they would like to give you the opportunity to take over and run the bar.
You need to consider the options and put together a written proposal within two weeks in order to take advantage of their offer.
- Research supply and demand for different aspects of bar service.
- Determine options for improving the quality of service and profitability of a bar service.
- Identify viable options for improving a bar service.
- Plan a new bar service.
- Plan changes in an existing bar service
Team Structure & Mode of Interaction
Being a relatively short project, the quantity of interaction with others needs to be limited. Your team will consist of yourself and your tutor. You are in the hypothetical role – an employee, contemplating the option of changing their work role at their current employment; or alternatively, becoming a small business operator.
Your tutor is in the hypothetical role of a business consultant. You should approach your tutor in the same way that you would approach a consultant.
You must contact your tutor at least twice via email during the project, before attempting to commence the final submission. At each point of contact, you should be mindful that the hypothetical consultant (tutor) is an expert and so the questions you put should be meaningful, designed to contribute toward achieving the stated project aim, and above all, should not be repetitive. Contact should be concise and time efficient. You may ask for guidance, assistance or simply report on your progress. You may request more frequent assistance if necessary, within reason. However it is not your tutor’s role to solve the problem.
- What risks are involved in giving up a paid job and leasing the bar?
- If you choose to lease, what innovative options might you be able to propose (e.g. Profit sharing) to reduce your risk?
- What innovations might improve the viability of the bar, without being excessively costly?
- What are reasonable goals in this situation?
- What range of services (drink, food etc) should be stocked. What is an appropriate stock list?
- What hours should it be open?
- Can improvements be easily made through changes in décor, furniture, publicity, or anything else?
These are issues or questions that you should address in your solution, whether or not you can find answers.
- Human resources (optional) – you may draw on the skills, knowledge and assistance of others – other students, experts whom you consult, friends. All assistance must be formally acknowledged.
- Other resources (compulsory)– you are expected to use some resources, but the choice of which ones are yours) You may gather the information required to solve this problem from course readings, books, journals, news programs, the internet, etc. All sources must be acknowledged.
Duration: This project should take between 10 -14 hours (including communications with a tutor or others). When 14 hours of work has been completed, submit what you have, no matter what stage it is in. You may be penalised for exceeding this time limit.
Assessment: You will be assessed on your capacity to work through the material with an understanding of the processes and knowledge involved. You are not being assessed on the report. It is just a way to
show the school that you have understood the material in a practical way.
Final Report: You may use any if a variety of means to present your project but should not spend more than a quarter of the total time involved in the project, on preparing the presentation. Most students are likely to submit a written presentation, possibly with one or more illustrations. If you have the equipment at hand, and appropriate skills, it is acceptable for you to submit a presentation any other way (eg. Multi media presentation with Power point or Flash, Video, CD, DVD).
Your presentation must include:
- An account of the problem - solving process you experienced (1 page maximum),
- Your proposal (2 pages maximum),
- A stock list for the bar
- A precise summary of you learned about problem solving and motivation from this project (1 page
- An evaluation of your performance, including what you did very well, and what you can improve
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the academy for marking by your tutor and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
Learning Goals: Bar Service VTR204
This course provides general knowledge for anyone who wants to work behind a bar or as a drinks waiter. In this course you will develop a broad understanding of the industry. Through this course you will:
- Develop a broad understanding of the industry
- Become familiar with the range of alcoholic products found commonly in a bar
- Be familiar with the range of non alcoholic drinks available at bars
- Develop an understanding of how to provide improved service to bar customers
- Develop an ability to mix a range of drinks
- Further develop an understanding and appreciation of different wines
- Consolidate skills so far developed to establish or improve the management of a bar service
Practical (Set Tasks)
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Due to our years of experience and wide range of online courses, here are a list of our FAQs and Answers asked by Students.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, you are not required to purchase expensive text books for any of our courses, since each module has been written by highly qualified tutors and writers, and our courses are updated on a regular basis, adding new information, methods and knowledge. You are supplied with all “essential” references. Extra books are always useful though, especially for special projects. Tutors will advise you what to buy if you decide you would like to have extra reading material, but it is not essential. Check out our eBookstore if you’re looking for a starting point.
Q. What sets the Academy apart from other institutions?
A. A unique feature of our courses is that we combine knowledge of the subject matter with practical tasks (set tasks, found at the end of each lesson). So you get to do practical components in each lesson. The benefits of this approach are immense: – your skills and knowledge are developed to a much higher level not normally found at other distance learning institutions.
Q. How do the practical exercises (set tasks) work?
A. The practical component of each lesson can be in the form of : Field Research, Networking and Analysis, Conducting Surveys, Growing, Collecting, Photographing and Processes.
Q. Can I pay by instalments?
A. Yes, you can view all available payment options here.
Q. Are there any hidden costs?
A. There are no hidden extras – the tuition fee covers all course material, unlimited tutor support, assignment marking/feedback and any text books where specified and exams. The only extras are for the public examinations fees for the ICB Bookkeeping course and the RHS (Royal Horticulture Society) exams.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are continually updated. The course content is rapidly updated and improved without the red tape and bureaucracy experienced at other educational institutions.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. What Recognition do you have?
A. The Academy for Distance Learning has various forms of recognition:
These include TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) – an Ofqual Awarding Organisation – ADL is an approved TQUK Centre.
IARC – International Approval Registration Centre, approved member. Accredited Training Provider for ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) and Approved Distance Learning Provider for the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and many more. Our graduates come from many parts of the world and have used our qualifications for successful employment and progression onto higher education. To view our full list of recognition and memberships please click here,
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at the Academy our students are our priority – we treat every student as a unique individual. This philosophy allows us to nurture those who are “slow and steady” learners rather than letting them fall through the cracks, while catering for those who are in a hurry to complete.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. Completing the course- how long will it take?
A. Completion of modules varies from student to student. Many factors come into play such as work commitments and family life- there are always distractions. Some students work quicker than others. For a 100 hour module many students will take up to 3- 6 months, others take less time and some are even longer. It’s all up to you. There is no pressure to complete or deadline to finish. Naturally, longer courses will take more time.
Q. What learning formats are there?
A. Your enrollment comes with the Online Classroom study option by default. For a small additional cost you also have the options of USB or Correspondence.
USB: Your course is sent to you on a USB stick, so that you can carry it in your pocket. Ideal for those with unreliable internet connections. This option is an additional £5/module
Correspondence: You download the course content and then print your own copy to your requirements. You can then bind the lessons to suit your needs.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a project instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location, or you can visit us in Canterbury, England to sit the exam if want to. Exam fees are included in the tuition fee you paid. You can read more about the examination process here. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment. You submit it to the academy who then submits it to the tutor for marking, comments and feedback. Our policy is to have a grade for you within 5 to 7 days.
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons there would be 10 assignments. The number of lessons per module varies from module to module. See the course content from our website for further details.
Q. When do I have to hand in my first assignment?
A. There is no deadline for handing in the first assignment. Submit when you are ready. There are some students who hand in assignments within the first couple of weeks of enrolment – while there are others who submit their work 6 months later. It’s all at your own convenience to suit you. Everyone has different work and home commitments and we cater to these needs.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country; however, there may be an additional expense. We can appoint an appropriately qualified person anywhere to work through curriculum documentation supplied by us, to satisfy the requirements set down in a course.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would receive a Certificate (providing you complete all assignments and the exam). If you just want to complete the assignments only, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications awarded please click here.
Q. Is there a next level to progress to?
A. Yes – you can progress from one module to a combination of many modules and to higher qualifications i.e. Advanced Certificates, Diplomas and Higher Advanced Diplomas. Read more about course levels here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to design your own diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. It’s a very popular option and widely used by many students. You quite simply choose the appropriate number of related modules needed to complete the qualification and submit them to us for approval as a custom diploma.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of a 100-hour Certificate course and providing all assignments and exam have been completed, you will receive a Certificate and Transcript. The Transcript will list your GPA. Each 100-hour module is worth 3 credit hours.
Q. Do I have to sit for an exam?
A. Exams are optional but need to be undertaken in order to receive the Certificate or higher qualification. Exams are one and a half hours long. You appoint an adjudicator (subject to our approval) to supervise the exam. You sit for the exam in your own location. Its that simple.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. If you feel you don’t cope well with exams you may elect to undertake a Project (set by the tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Many students prefer this option as they find researching the material for the project sharpens their research skills.
Q. If I don’t sit for the Exam do I still get a qualification?
A. If you don’t sit for the exam but complete the project alternative, you will still receive your endorsed qualification. If you don’t sit for an exam or complete a final project, providing you have completed all the assignments you will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.
Q. Do I have to sit for the exam at the Academy?
A. No – whilst you are more than welcome to come to our location in Canterbury, U.K. and sit the exam in our classroom; the more popular option is to sit for the exam in your own location. You appoint an adjudicator to supervise the exam. Click here for more information on that process.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We only employ tutors who have are currently active in their industry with at least 5 years of real-world experience. Not only are they highly qualified but also experienced, knowledgeable, and professional- experts in their chosen fields from all parts of the world.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes- you have unlimited access to tutors. We strongly encourage students to develop a dialogue with their Tutor. This is why we encourage students to submit their first assignment fairly quickly at the beginning of the course.
Every Academy student is assigned a tutor who supports you throughout your course and beyond. Your tutor is there to guide and facilitate your learning and provides as much or as little individual contact as you would like. When you submit your coursework the tutor will give you feedback that helps you develop your ideas and provides motivation. For those who do like to have interaction with other students, the ADL discussion forum connects you to students from all over the world.
Q. How do I contact my tutor?
A. You have direct contact with your tutor by email through the Online Classroom. Alternatively, you can write, fax, email, or phone the academy. Leave a message if your tutor isn’t available and they will phone, write or fax back; whatever suits you.
Q. If I don’t understand a question or a lesson may I contact the tutor?
A. You may contact a tutor as often as you like. There is no additional charge or restriction on this service. Contact can be made via the Student Zone, email, or by phone.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
What your tuition fees include
There are no hidden extras
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: email@example.com
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,