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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


  • More information
    • Welcome to City Campus


      The Sheffield College City campus is a great place to be and perfectly located just a 10 minute walk from the city centre for your dinner time shop, and just 5 minutes from the train station.

      Our City campus boasts a sustainable, glass atrium that is 7 floors high and flooded with natural light. From lunch in The Refectory and with an outdoor terrace overlooking the city, the facilities include an aviation air cabin, catering kitchens, hair and beauty salons, science laboratories, dental technology laboratories, a sports hall, high tech childcare teaching facilities, construction workshops and a children’s nursery.

      Many students study catering at City so there’s always something tasty on the menu from ‘Grab n Go’, the student run restaurant The Silver Plate, or something to take away from the bakery.

      Address: City Campus, Granville Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 2RL

      By Car

      From the M1, take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway, which merges into the A61.

      At the large roundabout, take the third exit sign posted A61.

      Continue on A61, keeping the train station on your left, until you spot a McDonalds restaurant.

      Just before the McDonalds take a left onto Granville Road.

      The entrance to the college is approximately 150 metres up Granville Road, on the right hand side.


      Car parking facilities at City campus are limited to Blue Badge holders only – please see Disabled Go for more detailed access information.

      The nearest public parking is the Grosvenor Casino (pay and display) – just 5 a minute walk from the college. This can be accessed by continuing along the A61/Queen’s Road and taking the first left onto Duchess Road.

      Additional car parking can be found at Q-Park, Sheffield Train Station.

      By Train

      Sheffield Train Station is only a 10 minute walk from City Campus, and provides excellent connections to nearby towns and further afield cities.

      Visit National Rail Enquiries for more information on train travel to Sheffield.

      By Tram

      The Sheffield College is so well serviced by trams we even have a stop named after us! The nearest tram stop to City campus is Granville Road/The Sheffield College.

      Trams heading towards Halfway (Blue Line) stop right outside the college, whilst those coming from the opposite direction (heading towards Malin Bridge) stop just across the road.

      The Supertram website has more detailed information about times and fares.

      By Bus

      Again, being so close to the city centre you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bus travel to college. The central bus terminal is only a 10 minute walk, and the 120 bus travelling to Crystal Peaks stops just two minutes away.

      You can check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for timetables, fares and bus passes.

      If you are a student you may be entitled to cheap bus/tram travel within Sheffield. Check out our Travel page for further details. 

      By Scooter/Motorcycle/Bike

      City Campus had parking available for both scooters and motorcycles, as well as secure bike storage. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the cycle storage.


      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.