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Commis Chef Apprenticeship Level 2 at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I do a Commis Chef Apprenticeship through Runshaw?

An apprenticeship is a real job with training that would allow you to earn while you learn, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete and cover 1,500 job roles in a wide range of industries.

If you train with Runshaw College, you will be expected to demonstrate motivation, enthusiasm and dedication throughout your apprenticeship, both in the workplace and at the College. To help you do this, Runshaw will provide you with a high level of continual support to ensure you become fully competent in your field and are employer-ready when you complete this coveted apprenticeship programme. you will also have the same access to all College facilities as our full and part-time students, which includes the College library. As an apprentice, you will be encouraged to develop the ability to work both individually or as part of a team and achieve the required qualifications in Maths and English should you need to improve your current grade.

This particular course will see you work towards a Commis Chef Apprenticeship Standard consisting of:

  • Culinary Skills, food safety, behaviours and knowledge
  • Functional Skills - If you do not currently hold Grade 9-4 in English & Maths

What will I learn on the Commis Chef Apprenticeship?

A Commis Chef is the most common starting position in many kitchens and is, in principal, the most junior culinary role. A commis chef prepares food and carries out basic cooking tasks under the supervision of a more senior chef. The primary objective of the commis chef is to learn and understand how to carry out the basic functions in every section of the kitchen.

Entry requirements

You will need 4 GCSE passes at Grade 9-3 (or equivalents), including Maths and English.

Please note that individual employers may stipulate higher entry requirements than those stated. The entry requirements stated should therefore be treated as the minimum.

Applicants may also be considered based on alternative qualifications and/or their life/work experience.

You must also be employed and working within a suitable role, in an environment that offers opportunities for you to complete all Level 2 units and working a minimum of 30 hours a week.

Please note you will be expected to bring a chef uniform with PPE (personal protective equipment) to college on your day release.


How will I be assessed?

Continual assessment and review through formative and summative assessments during your apprenticeship. These assessment methods may include completion of assignments, workbooks, reflective accounts, discussions, knowledge tests, and observations. These assessment methods will take place in the workplace as well as our well-established Foxholes Bistro at our Leyland campus.

Learners are required to undertake and document 20% off-the-job training for the duration of their apprenticeship.

Once deemed competent in all areas of the standard, the apprentice will then go through independent end point assessment carried out by an external assessor.

Financial information

The current hourly Apprenticeship wage for 16-19 year olds is £3.70.

Future opportunities

What progression is available?

A career as a qualified chef where you can work your way up the kitchen hierarchy or progress onto the Advanced Chef De Partie or Hospitality Supervisor Apprenticeship.

Further information

If you are interested in applying for this apprenticeship or wish to find out more, then please contact the Apprenticeship Team now on 01772 643008 or email

Alternatively, you can find a full list of our apprenticeship courses and vacancies on our website:

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 12 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 12-16 months
  • Course code: WQ2HOP

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