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Professional Cookery Apprenticeship at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a 1 year full time work based training course.

About the course

Apprenticeships are available in food preparation, food service, and hospitality services. As an apprentice, you will be employed in the catering and hospitality industry either in a professional kitchen environment or front of house in a food and beverage service role. You could be working in a restaurant, hotel, club or casino. You will undertake a variety of supervised tasks within your workplace. Your duties will vary depending on the setting, but may include preparing and cooking food to order, receiving and making food orders, food safety, preparing the restaurant for service, serving food and drinks, customer service and taking payment.

The course consists of a minimum of 30 hours per week in a catering/hospitality environment with one day a week in college. 

The day you are in college you will be developing your kitchen or food service skills. You will be learning new technical skills in the state of the art college kitchens and practising skills learnt in the workplace. Some of your technical skills will be observed in the College kitchens and restaurant. You will also complete your food safety qualification.

If your employer does not provide you with a kitchen uniform, you will need to purchase this via the college. The approximate cost is £100.

This sector often requires night and weekend work, with some unsociable hours and lots of time spent on your feet. You will be required to work shift work and some late nights depending on your work placement.

You are encouraged to look for your own placement. The College will help to find a suitable placement but the emphasis is on you.

Will this course suit me?

An ideal student for this course has an interest in the catering industry and would wish to make a career as a chef restaurateur or other areas of the industry. You must be flexible and self-motivated. You will need good preparation skills and to be well organised. You need to be motivated and to be able to react quickly and confidently to solve problems. You need to be good at dealing with the public and be an excellent communicator

Qualification Titles

  • NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Functional English, maths and ICT level 2

What students say about this course.

“I enjoy preparing top quality cuisine for our customers and it’s great to attend college on a weekly basis.”

“I enjoy watching cookery programmes on TV which got me interested in a career in catering. It’s a good way to learn the trade as an apprentice.”

“I completed my apprenticeship and I’m employed as the Pastry Chef at the hotel. I’m continuing to study the advanced pastry course at the college. I’ve learned so much. It’s hard work but very rewarding.”


Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at 3/D or acceptable alternatives icluding English Language and Maths.  You will also need to gain a suitable employer.


The majority of the programme is delivered and assessed in the workplace. You will build a portfolio of evidence to support the tasks you complete at the workplace to demonstrate you can complete tasks safely and use knowledge learnt.

On-line assessments will take place at the College or in the workplace.

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

You can progress onto the NVQ level 3 in Professional Cookery.

You could go onto a career as a commis chef, sous chef, restaurant manager, head chef, food and beverages manager or conference co-ordinator.


Further information

How to apply   

School pupils in Sheffield should apply online with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 2602600, or downloading one from our website

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year
  • Course code: CWICA1