Food and Beverage Service Apprenticeship (Intermediate Level 2)

Course Information

  • Course Code: FS455
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: City and Guilds

This apprenticeship is designed for people currently working or looking for a career within the Food and Beverage service as a waiter/waitress, counter food service and/or bar person.

What will I study?

Selection of units from the Food and Beverage Service Apprenticeship:

  • Preparing the food service area
  • Providing a high level of customer care
  • Working efficiently as part of a team
  • Serve food to the table/taking customer orders.
Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to study an Apprenticeship at Blackburn College. You will have an initial assessment when you come in for an interview, and this will show the level of English and maths qualifications, known as functional skills, that you will study alongside your apprenticeship.

Blackburn College will work with applicants to help find a suitable employer where possible. However we always advise anyone looking to undertake an apprenticeship to be actively seeking employment for themselves too.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in one or more of the following ways:

  • Course work
  • Exams
  • Oral questioning
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Practical demonstration /assignment
  • Practical examination
  • Written examination
What can I do next?

The Intermediate Apprenticeship may give you the opportunity to progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship. On successful completion of the Apprenticeship, natural progression would be to a higher level course or promotion within your employment to give you a broader range and quality of skills and understanding of the industry and its requirements.

Your Study Programme

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Future income

Full-time salaries for waiting staff can be around £12,000 to £16,000 a year.

With experience and extra responsibilities it is possible to earn between £17,000 and £20,000.

Many waiters and waitresses are paid by the hour. Income may be increased by tips.



If you are aged 16-24, and you don't think you have the necessary 'work-ready' skills, we also offer Traineeships. Our 8 week courses provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure your place on an Apprenticeship. More information can be found here

Additional Apprenticeship Information

Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week and an Apprenticeship takes between one and five years to complete, depending upon the level of Apprenticeship and the industry sector. Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by Blackburn College, either at the workplace, in College or via e-learning. The training is specifically tailored to ensure you develop the skills the employer wants, giving apprentices a real advantage in the workplace.

This means that apprentices not only have better long term salary prospects, but they also have excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.