This course develops your skills at producing a wide variety of dishes. Learners will also develop their maths and English skills and complete a technical certificate.
You will need to be in relevant employment for at least 6 months and a minimum of maths and English at D-G.
It is essential that candidates show commitment to meeting deadlines.
You will be assessed through a wide range of methods, including practical observation/ assessments, online testing, theory sessions, and the preparation of a portfolio.
Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.
These will be dependent on the workplace.
You could consider taking your skills to the next level with the Advanced Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery.
You can use your qualification to progress your career into roles such as chef, chef de partie, sous chef or catering supervisor.
Derby College catering student Jack Bowler has extended his menu of career choices by taking a foundation degree in international hospitality management.Jack, who already holds level 2 and 3 qualifications in catering and hospitality via the college is now learning the management and front of house aspects of the hospitality industry as well as the catering side.During his level 3 course Jack also gained confidence-building experience through working at the college's Engine Shed fine dining restaurant at the Roundhouse.Jack, who was inspired to cook from a young age by his mum and gran, now plans to progress to level 5 and gain his BA Honours degree. He is currently working in the kitchens at Calke Abbey at weekends and will be taking on more shifts when he completes his foundation degree. Ultimately he hopes to find a job in his chosen field through educational work experience.
He said: "I love cooking but it's been interesting learning new things and finding out about the management aspects too. I enjoy being front of house as I've always liked interacting with customers.
"Derby College has such great facilities, including the new Fujitsu and Intel Innovation Hub which recently opened at the Roundhouse. The hub's got fantastic top of the range technology and quiet study areas."