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Chefs Apprenticeship at University of West London

Course description

The apprenticeship is designed to help you to develop your skills as a chef, while enabling you to gain a range of qualifications. It aims to open opportunities for you within the hospitality and catering industry by partaking in a partnership between an employer and the University, giving you an excellent opportunity to learn within the industry whilst being supported to gain the necessary qualifications to enable you to progress.

As part of the apprenticeship, you will need to attend the University each week, where you will spend your time in a training kitchen completing practical work and assessments. You will also undertake some classroom studies, completing the work necessary for the theoretical and key skill elements of the course.

Chef tutors will regularly visit you at your workplace, to monitor and plan your progress. Some practical assessments will also take place in your workplace. Our apprenticeship scheme is run in conjunction with The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. Our apprentices are normally employed in prestigious establishments operated by The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts members, such as The Ritz, the Dorchester, the Hilton and the Royal Automobile Club.

Course content

Year one

  • NVQ Level 2 Professional Cookery
  • Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering
  • Enhanced Hospitality Skills
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Master Classes in Poultry and Fish
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 1
  • Functional Skills English Level 1.

Year two

  • NVQ Level 3 Professional Cookery
  • Enhanced Hospitality Skills
  • Master Classes in Game and Shellfish
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 2
  • Functional Skills English Level 2.

Year three

  • NVQ Level 3 Pastry and Confectionery
  • Master Classes in Bread and Chocolate.

It is also possible to include extra short courses for example, Foundation
Health and Safety.

Entry requirements

To join the apprenticeship scheme, applicants will need to be in full-time employment or will be placed in employment within the catering industry, with an employer who is committed to supporting them through their apprenticeship.

Financial information

GBP 75.00 registration fee.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact University of West London directly.

Last updated date: 30 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 3 Years


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