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Butchery Apprenticeship Level 2 at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a one year full time work based training course

About the course

You should ideally be 18 years old to be able to use the full range of equipment involved with the job.

You would start as a trainee or assistant butcher and learn on the job. You could be employed by a local butcher or work in the butchery department of a supermarket learning how to prepare, cut, bone and trim meat and to make sausages and burgers. A key part of the job will be serving customers and advising them on ways to prepare and cook different cuts of meat. Depending on your workplace, you could specialise in kosher, halal or organic meat.

You will cover topics such as butchery skills and knowledge relating to many types of meat, a range of processing techniques, key butchery service and support skills as well as important matters such as traceability, classification, cleaning and temperature control.

Will this course suit me?

This apprenticeship would suit you if you have good practical skills and good communication skills and want to work in a butchery or meat/poultry processing environment.

Qualification Titles

FDQ Level 2 Certificate in Professional Butchery


Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at minimum 3 / D grades or acceptable alternatives including a minimum Grade 3 in 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?

The knowledge and skills you will gain as part of this apprenticeship will set you on track to become an experienced butcher

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: 12 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year
  • Course code: CWIBU1