Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Apprenticeships (RACA) Level 2 and Level 3

University College Birmingham

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UCB is the first institution outside London and the South to offer the three-year Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) Chefs Apprenticeship.

This course represents a unique opportunity for young chefs aged 16 to 19 to receive the highest level of culinary training while working alongside top professionals at the hospitality sector.

On successful completion of all the course modules and the final RACA exam will be awarded the coveted Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Diploma and become a Graduate of the RACA.

During the apprenticeship, the young chefs will attend UCB each week for a day of formal training, practical work, culinary theory and assessments. The curriculum is cutting-edge and combines culinary traditions with modern developments and an internationally-informed body of knowledge.

The apprentices will also benefit from an unrivalled enrichment programme including demonstrations by leading chefs, “stages” at top restaurants and field trips to food producers.


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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