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Professional Cookery Apprenticeship Level 2

Bedford College Professional Cookery Apprenticeship Level 2

As a professional cookery apprentice you will train in one of the following roles; kitchen assistant, cook or chef, offering a variety of cuisines in a range of kitchens and restaurants. It’s a great way to gain the skills and experience to eventually become a chef.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements:

You will need a minimum of three GCSEs at grades A*-D or 9-3, including English and maths.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, which could include:

  • Prepare and cook meat dishes
  • Prepare and cook poultry dishes
  • Prepare and cook fish dishes
  • Prepare and cook vegetable dishes
  • Prepare and cook pasta dishes
  • Prepare and cook rice dishes
  • Prepare and cook sauces
  • Maintain health and safety and storage in the work place
  • Maintain and handle knives

Assessment methods

During the apprenticeship there will be 14 practical assessments during your work placement as well as at College. There will also be 14 written multiple-choice question papers, administered and marked at College.


You will gain the following qualifications:

Hospitality & Catering Principles City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate


  • Professional Cookery City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths

Further study and career options

Further study: On successful completion of this apprenticeship you could progress on to our Advanced Level 3 Hospitality & Catering Apprenticeship to train as sous/senior chefs, specialise in pastry and confectionery or as managers in hotels, restaurants and pubs.

Future careers: You will be well prepared to move on to further employment within the industry including as a commis/junior chef, fast food service assistant or food processing operative.

Additional information

To take part in this programme you will be required to provide your own knives, as well as clean and pressed chef’s whites. Full details will be explained to you upon application.

You will be required to attend College one day per week during term time for the two-year duration of the course. There may also be a need to attend for additional days for some exams and revision.

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 H1085

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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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