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Hospitality Level 3 Apprenticeship at Swindon College

Course description

This course is for people who are employed in the food and hospitality Industry and who have the ambition to become trained and skilled chefs. The Advanced Apprenticeship covers the following mandatory areas; Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food, Establish and develop positive working relationships in hospitality, Maintain the health, hygiene, safety and security of the working environment. 

In addition preparation and cooking units could include; meat, fish, sauces and soups, vegetables, dough products, pasta, rice, egg dishes, cakes, sponges and desserts.

Entry requirements

The Apprenticeship is open to those aged 16+ in suitable employment who hold GCSEs, (or equivalent) at grade D in English and Maths. (Please note that funding restrictions may apply to apprentices aged 19+). Apprenticeships are currently not available to those who have a degree, HNC, HND or equivalent level 4 qualifications. 

Although the course is essentially practical and vocational in nature, the basic knowledge associated with food preparation, science and hygiene are covered in a degree of detail. 
The course requires a strong commitment in terms of motivation and flexibility since trainee chefs have to work under pressure preparing quality food to an ever-discerning public. 


This is generally done in a realistic working environment at College or can be carried out in the workplace by way of observation and feedback from experienced chefs who are also qualified assessors. The qualification is gained by building up evidence in a portfolio achieved at your own pace whilst at College and in the workplace. 

Key Skills are assessed by assignments and multiple-choice tests.

Financial information

Some courses may require additional course materials for further information please, contact the Apprenticeship Team on 01793 498208 or email

Future opportunities

There are many options open to successful candidates after completion. Further study is possible in the form of NVQ Level 4 Advanced Craft or Higher Education courses such as the HND or HNC in Hospitality Management. 

Employment opportunities include careers such as Commis Chef, Chef de Partie or Trainee Supervisor, depending on the organisation or establishment. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 April 2016

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