Professional Cookery Apprenticeship (Level 2 Intermediate and Level 3 Advanced)

Course Information

  • Course Code: FS408
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: City and Guilds

Working as a chef is a highly skilled, practical career-path that is in demand the world over. The catering industry as a whole contributes billions to the UK economy, and is one of the biggest employers of young people in the UK.

With an Apprenticeship in Catering and Professional Chefs, you will gain the practical experience needed to progress, as well as the theory behind the dishes you create. Many of the new starters in this industry see it as a part-time role, so in completing an Apprenticeship, you will have a real advantage when it comes to progression.

What will I study?
  • Health, Safety and Security in the Hospitality working environment
  • Development of working relationships in hospitality
  • Preperation, cooking and finishing
  • Prepare, finish and present canapes and cocktail products
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 assessment
  • Written examination


What can I do next?

Level 2 Intermediate Apprentices can progress onto a Level 3 qualification, or potentially into one of the following roles:

  • School Cook/Chef
  • Kitchen Assistant
  • Craft Chef – Fine Dining
  • Craft Chef – Casual Dining or Restaurants, Hotels and Gastro Pubs
  • Commis Chef – Bangladeshi Cuisine
  • Wok Chef, Deep Fry Chef – Chinese Cuisine
  • Cook/Chef – Indian Cuisine
  • Stir Fry Specialist, Assistant Chef/Cook – Thai Cuisine
  • Commis Chef or Demi Chef or Chef de Partie

Level 3 Advanced Apprentices can potentially progress into one of the following careers:

  • Sous Chef or Senior Chef
  • Sous Chef or Senior Chef/Cook – Fine Dining
  • Sous Chef or Senior Chef/Cook – Restaurants, Hotels and Gastro Pubs
  • Pastry Chef

Once you have completed your Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, you will be able to apply to a range of Universities. Many students progress to University Centre at Blackburn College where 9 out of 10 graduates are in work or further study just six months after graduation.

Particular courses students progress on to include: Hospitality Management Foundation Degree FdA or Hospitality Management (with Events Management) Foundation Degree FdA. Following your foundation degree you are able to progress on to a Top Up Year which means you can achieve a BA (Hons) qualification, validated by Lancaster University, in three years in total.

Foundation Degrees generally require you to study in College from one full day a week or one afternoon and evening a week, meaning for many students you are able to continue working with the same employer you have worked with throughout your apprenticeship.

Your Study Programme

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Future income

Head chefs (chefs de cuisine) can earn up to £30,000 a year.

An executive head chef in a top hotel can earn between £40,000 and £50,000 or more.

Figures are intended as a guideline only.



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.

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