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Professional Cookery Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

Professional Cookery Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 at Bedford College

This apprenticeship will provide you with the skills that are required in a professional hospitality environment. It will also assist you in gaining employment in the exciting hospitality industry. You will learn how to build up on your basic food preparation, cooking and presentation skills to produce more complex dishes as well as have a greater understanding of the general running of a busy kitchen. This qualification is highly sought after in top quality restaurants, hotels, bars and eateries.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements: 

You will need grades A*-C or 9-5 in GCSE English and maths, or a Level 2 equivalent.

Course content

You will cover a wide range of skills required in the hospitality industry including:

  • Preparation and cookery of complex soups, sauces, meat, game, fresh pasta, seafood and fish
  • How to set targets and review performance 
  • How to comply with all legal requirements of the hospitality industry
  • You will also work towards a Level 2 Food Safety Certificate and Level 3 Technical Certificate

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a range of methods including practical assessments, written assignments and written knowledge test papers.


You will gain the following qualifications:

Hospitality & Catering Principles City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate


  • Professional Cookery City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Functional Skills in English and maths
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills

Further study and career options

Further study: On completion of the apprenticeship you could apply for a higher education course, such as the HNC/HND in Hospitality Management here at Bedford College, with the option to top up to a full Bachelor’s degree. 

Future careers: You could progress to full employment as a catering/restaurant manager, chef, fast food service assistant or food processing operative.

Additional information

You will need to wear a suitable clean and pressed chefs uniform, safety shoes and have a knife set. As part of your job role you will need to be supervising a small team of colleagues.

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291000.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years Flexible In College – 1 day per week Free if 16-18yrs. If 19 or over please ring 01234 291000. Cauldwell Street H1086

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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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