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Hospitality: Food Production and Cooking Intermediate Apprenticeship at Croydon College

Course description

This Apprenticeship will give you an opportunity to learn how to prepare, cook and present a range of food items to a basic standard. This will include meat, fish, poultry, vegetables, cakes and desserts. This programme also includes some aspects of front of house duties.

This course is ideal if you’re committed to providing a good service and obtaining first-rate knowledge of food production.

Some of the topics covered on the programme are:

  • Maintaining food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food
  • Working effectively as part of a hospitality team
  • Providing a counter or takeaway service
  • Producing basic meat, poultry and vegetable dishes
  • Hygiene and food safety
  • Team work.             

The learning experience will be individual and fun, with on the job training with your supervisor and assessor or 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 Food Production and Cooking will give you the chance to learn new skills and gain a top level qualification, while continuing to earn a living.

Just a few of the course highlights include:

  • The Programme is delivered by highly qualified and professional staff who have worked in senior front of house roles in high profile organisations, including the internationally renowned King Edward VII Hospital.

  • 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 advantage of these assessments is that they allow you to demonstrate the full range of your knowledge, including practical skills, whether serving food and drinks or dealing with customers’ queries.

Future opportunities

Former apprentices have gained the skills and confidence to apply for and succeed on an Advanced Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Hospitality Supervision and Leadership.

Other former apprentices, having gained their qualification, have been promoted within their workplace to positions such as School Cook. These former apprentices now work in a number of top organisations including London private schools like Sutton High School.

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