Chef Apprenticeships

University College Birmingham

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  • Apprenticeships
  • Intermediate Apprenticeship
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Food and Drink Manufacturing
  • Birmingham remove


A career in catering and hospitality can be exceptionally rewarding and becoming an apprentice chef could be the ideal path if you want to work while achieving a recognised qualification.

You might be working in catering and want to improve your skills and knowledge. Or you might have a passion for food and like the idea of working in a busy kitchen as part of a team. If that’s the case, UCB can help you find a suitable business for a paid apprenticeship job.  

NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery

The Level 2 Diploma covers food safety, healthier food and special diets and will develop your practical skills in a range of techniques including preparing and cooking stocks; soups; sauces; vegetables; meat, poultry and fish; hot and cold desserts; pastry and dough products; and cakes, biscuits and sponges. The techniques will depend on the business where you work.

During your Level 2 Diploma, you will gain:

  • NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery
  • Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths

NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery

The Level 3 Diploma builds on your existing knowledge and skills and covers advanced techniques such as producing vegetarian dishes; meat dishes and poultry; game; fish and shellfish; patisserie and fermented products; and desserts and petit fours. You will also learn more about sourcing produce and product development. The content will depend on the business where you work.

During your Level 3 Diploma, you will gain:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery
  • Level 3 Award in Hospitality and Leadership Principles
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths

Entry requirements

You will need to be 16 and over and in full-time employment. You will already be working in a suitable role, or we can help you find one. If you are new to the industry or have limited experience you will need to start at Level 2.

For Level 2 you will normally require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) or above. For direct entry to Level 3, you will need a relevant Level 2 qualification and ideally English and maths at grade 4 (grade C) or above. However, all applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

You will also be required to attend a college interview.

If you have experience of working in the industry we would be delighted to hear from you.

If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and maths you will need to undertake an assessment so we can ensure you receive the best support for that subject.  


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