Catering and Professional Chefs Advanced Apprenticeship
Faculty of Hospitality, Hair and Beauty
Faculty Level Location Length Ask Apply
Hospitality, Hair and Beauty Level 3 Laurence Building Up to 2 years

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

Please note this Apprenticeship was formerly known as Professional Cookery.

As an Advanced Apprentice you will develop your technical skills and knowledge via a technical certificate to an advanced level. You will produce a wide range of complex dishes and develop your supervisory skills to meet the requirements of a first class hotel or restaurant. You will also study Functional Skills Application of Number and Communication and these will be completed in line with the apprenticeship framework. As an apprentice you will hold a full time job as a trainee chef in a restaurant or hotel and attend college one day a week for the 2 years of your course.

At college you will learn through lectures and workshops while you spend the remainder of your week at your workplace where you will put your new skills into practice. You will be assessed by your Training Officer and tutor in a variety of ways, including exams and practical assignments. You may also be assessed by your Line Manager as you undertake your responsibilities.

What topics will I study?

During the course of your apprenticeship you will cover the following units:

  • Establish and develop positive working relationships in hospitality
  • Maintain the health, hygiene, safety and security of the working environment
  • Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food
  • Prepare fish for complex dishes
  • Prepare meat for complex dishes
  • Prepare poultry for complex dishes
  • Cook and finish complex fish dishes
  • Cook and finish complex meat dishes
  • Cook and finish complex poultry dishes
  • Cook and finish complex vegetable dishes
  • Prepare, cook and finish complex hot sauces
  • Prepare, cook and finish dressings and cold sauces
  • Plus a minimum of four optional units which could include pasta, bread and dough products, pastry or desserts.

You will also complete a Technical Certificate "Level 3 Award in Hospitality and Catering Principles" as part of your course. During your course you will also complete an Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) assignment and a Technical Certificate and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills assignment.

What experiences will I get?

To be confirmed.

What are the entry requirements?

You will usually have completed the Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) or a Level 2 Professional Cookery qualification before progressing to the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

What facilities are there?

The Laurence Building boasts new facilities throughout including an IT suite, modern kitchens, a skills academy and a stunning restaurant within the faculty; as well as being located in comfortable and pleasant surroundings.

What can the course lead on to?

This course will launch you directly into the workplace and provides an excellent way to build your career and progress to further training and education.

Are there any additional costs?

You will need to purchase a full set of kitchen knives and kitchen whites (uniform) and two reference books.

What support can I get?

You will have a dedicated Skills Officer who you can contact at any time. They will visit you in the workplace every 10 weeks to carry out a progress review with you and your employer.

What will this training cost me?

This can vary depending on the age of the Apprentice and the size of an organisation. Please contact a Training and Recruitment Advisor on 01392 400800 for more information.

What do our students think?

My ambition now is to become an award winning head chef, which is a goal I feel I am well on the way to achieving.  My current employer is a fantastic place to work and I have the opportunity to broaden my horizons without continually changing my job". Lewis

You learn more being on an apprenticeship than you would working full-time. I used to be really shy - but not anymore! I am responsible for a kitchen section and I'm even training other students". Leanne, World Skills Medal Winner

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