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Hospitality: Professional Cookery Intermediate Apprenticeship at Croydon College

Course description

This course will suit a trainee Chef who is passionate about cooking and committed to learning new techniques.

On this Apprenticeship you will learn how to prepare, cook and present a range of food items, such as meat, fish, poultry, vegetables, cakes, desserts, soups and sauces.

Subjects covered include:

  • Hygiene and food safety in catering
  • Healthier foods and special diets
  • Kitchen set-up
  • Applying workplace skills
  • Healthy eating
  • Knife skills
  • Team work

The learning experience will be individual and fun, with on the job training and options of workshops either in the College or with your trainer. You will also be able to make use of facilities both at your workplace and in the College, including our excellent library and learning resource centre.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE.

Course content

This Intermediate Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery will help you secure a work placement through Croydon College (if you don’t have one already) giving you the opportunity to continue earning while learning.

Just a few of the course highlights include:

  • The Programme is delivered by highly qualified and professional staff who have worked in the hospitality industry for many years as head chefs or catering business owners.

  • The chance to boost your CV and win a tablet, by entering the College’s popular competition - Apprentice of the Month! Tutors nominate apprentices who meet the nomination criteria, which include improved overall achievement and high grades.

  • You’ll enjoy earning on the job, while learning new skills and building your knowledge.

  • On completion of the course you’ll receive a prestigious City & Guilds Apprenticeship, which is widely recognised both nationally and internationally.

  • The opportunity to show potential employers that you have excellent training and work experience behind you.

  • Great earning potential - research shows that apprentices earn, on average, over £100,000 more throughout their career than other employees (NAS, 2013).

  • Work ready - a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills survey showed that qualified apprentices score 4% higher on employability than university graduates (ICM Survey, 2013).

  • A dedicated Apprenticeship team at the College will support you throughout your training.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D-G, one being English or maths, or a Level 1 related qualification.

English and maths assessed at Entry Level 3 or above.


Assessments are carried out using a variety of methods including observation in the workplace, online multiple choice questions, student and witness statements and discussions.

The assessments allow you to demonstrate the full range of your knowledge, including practical skills and working in a kitchen as part of a team.

Future opportunities

Typical progression routes include progressing on to the Advanced Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery (Level 3), while continuing to work and earn full time.

Former apprentices have also gone on to train full time in roles such as Commis Chef or Craft Chef.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Croydon College directly.

Last updated date: 07 March 2016
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    • We are:

      • a 2-minute walk from East Croydon rail station;
      • a 10-minute walk from West Croydon rail station and bus terminus;
      • accessible via over 25 bus routes and 3 tram routes
      • accessible by bicycle via the many cycle routes which also lead into Croydon centre.
      • 19 minutes from Gatwick Airport