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Level: 2

Location: Workplace

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This apprenticeship enables you to turn your enthusiasm for food and cookery into a rewarding career. You will develop skills and techniques to create a wide range of dishes to high standards, while gaining insights into the career and promotion prospects in the hospitality industry.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of English and Maths GCSEs at grades D-G (or 1-3 in the new grading).

Course Content

Your framework will include the Intermediate Diploma in Professional Cookery, a Technical Certificate and Functional Skills in English and Maths at Level 1. You will develop your maths and English skills to support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a wide range of methods including practical observation, online testing, assignments and the preparation of a portfolio of evidence.

You will be provided with a dedicated mentor to support and guide you through your qualification.

Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to purchase a kit which contains a selection of chef's knives to enable you to practise your skills at home and in the workplace. 

You will also be required to purchase chef's whites and safety shoes.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You can progress to an advanced apprenticeship at Level 3 – in subjects such as Professional Cookery or Hospitality Supervision and Leadership.


This course opens up a range of different career pathways within a catering, kitchen or food production environment, with potential promotion to roles such as chef de partie, sous chef or team supervisor.


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Jordan Green

Jordan Green

Compliments to the award-winning chef

Apprentice Jordan Green scooped the Young Chef of the Year title in the Derby Food and Drink Awards – an accolade which he hopes will fast track his career ambitions.

Jordan was among a group of full-time Catering and Hospitality learners who progressed to an apprenticeship with the College’s Engine Shed restaurant and training kitchens at the Roundhouse campus.

His apprenticeship opened doors to many opportunities – including a work placement with Derby’s award-winning Restaurant Zest. He also took part in a European work experience programme in Denmark, spending five weeks at the Danish Meat Trade College in Roskilde alongside learners from Estonia, Italy and Finland.

I really want to be working in fine dining and to learn from the best in the industry. Hopefully winning this award will help me at the start of my career.
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