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Professional Cookery Apprenticeship (Level 2 Intermediate and Level 3 Advanced) at Blackburn College

Course description

Working as a chef is a highly skilled, practical career-path that is in demand the world over. The catering industry as a whole contributes billions to the UK economy, and is one of the biggest employers of young people in the UK.

With an Apprenticeship in Catering and Professional Chefs, you will gain the practical experience needed to progress, as well as the theory behind the dishes you create. Many of the new starters in this industry see it as a part-time role, so in completing an Apprenticeship, you will have a real advantage when it comes to progression.

Course content

  • Health, Safety and Security in the Hospitality working environment
  • Development of working relationships in hospitality
  • Preperation, cooking and finishing
  • Prepare, finish and present canapes and cocktail products

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to study an Apprenticeship at Blackburn College. You will have an initial assessment when you come in for an interview, and this will show the level of English and maths qualifications, known as functional skills, that you will study alongside your apprenticeship.

Blackburn College will work with applicants to help find a suitable employer where possible. However we always advise anyone looking to undertake an apprenticeship to be actively seeking employment for themselves too.


You will be assessed in one or more of the following ways:

  • Course work
  • Exams
  • Oral questioning
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Practical demonstration/assignment
  • Practical assessment
  • Written examination

Future opportunities

Level 2 Intermediate Apprentices can progress onto a Level 3 qualification, or potentially into one of the following roles:

  • School Cook/Chef
  • Kitchen Assistant
  • Craft Chef – Fine Dining
  • Craft Chef – Casual Dining or Restaurants, Hotels and Gastro Pubs
  • Commis Chef – Bangladeshi Cuisine
  • Wok Chef, Deep Fry Chef – Chinese Cuisine
  • Cook/Chef – Indian Cuisine
  • Stir Fry Specialist, Assistant Chef/Cook – Thai Cuisine
  • Commis Chef or Demi Chef or Chef de Partie

Level 3 Advanced Apprentices can potentially progress into one of the following careers:

  • Sous Chef or Senior Chef
  • Sous Chef or Senior Chef/Cook – Fine Dining
  • Sous Chef or Senior Chef/Cook – Restaurants, Hotels and Gastro Pubs
  • Pastry Chef

Once you have completed your Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, you will be able to apply to a range of Universities. Many students progress to University Centre at Blackburn College where 9 out of 10 graduates are in work or further study just six months after graduation.

Particular courses students progress on to include: Hospitality Management Foundation Degree FdA or Hospitality Management (Events Management) Foundation Degree FdA. Following your foundation degree you are able to progress on to a Top Up Year which means you can achieve a BA (Hons) qualification, validated by Lancaster University, in three years in total.

Foundation Degrees generally require you to study in College from one full day a week or one afternoon and evening a week, meaning for many students you are able to continue working with the same employer you have worked with throughout your apprenticeship.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 February 2016
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