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Catering Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship at Brooklands College

Course description

Catering represents one of the largest industries in the country.  There are a huge number of jobs available in the sector offering a wide and varied choice of career paths.  Having a catering apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to specialise in the pathway you would follow and could lead onto supervisory or management positions.

With a catering apprenticeship you will have the chance to take a technical certificate in the classroom at Brooklands College, whilst learning practical skills and being assessed in the workplace.

Most of your training will be directly linked to the career you have chosen, gaining practical experience in the workplace.
An Apprenticeship in Catering will give you the opportunity to gain the practical experience needed, as well as the theory behind the dishes you create.

Hotels, pubs, contract catering and restaurants are all part of the catering industry. Whichever catering business you are working in, you could be involved with food production and cooking, food preparation and serving meals. Your exact duties will depend on your employer.

Course content

To gain the full apprenticeship you will work towards the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Food Production and Cooking (QCF)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Food Production and Cooking) - QCF
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Functional Skills Level 1 in Maths and English
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Mandatory units include:

  • Safe, hygienic and secure working environments in hospitality
  • Work effectively as part of a team
  • Food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food

Optional units including:

  • Produce basic fish, meat, poultry and vegetable dishes
  • Cook-freeze and cook-chill food
  • Produce hot and cold desserts
  • Principles of producing flour, dough and tray baked products

Entry requirements

If you do not have grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths, you must attend a Functional Skills course in English and Maths, Level 1.

You will need to be an excellent time keeper, willing to work shifts, have a high standard of personal hygiene and a positive ‘can do’ attitude. All applicants applying for an apprenticeship will need to attend an interview and undertake initial assessments.


You will attend day release at college one day a week over two academic years. You will be assessed in the workplace by an assessor through a portfolio of evidence. During your assessments targets will be set to ensure that you complete your apprenticeship on time.

If you have not achieved a minimum grade C in GCSE in Maths or English within the last 5 years you will need to complete Functional Skills, these will be assessed through external examinations.

Financial information

Apprenticeships are fully funded for those aged 16 - 18 years.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 February 2016
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