Course overview

Commis Chef Level 2 Apprenticeship City of Bristol College

This course is for those aspiring to a career as a chef in a restaurant setting who would prefer to learn in a work-based environment.

You may already be working in the sector or could be taking your first steps into your career.

In addition, as part of The School of Food, you will also attend a range of masterclasses from visiting chefs who will pass on their expertise and knowledge.

You will also get to cook in different settings, including at a range of events and work with others in the sector to share skills and ideas; allowing you to become confident working together in the kitchen.


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Additional information

Who is this course for?

A commis chef is the most common starting position in many kitchens.

The commis chef prepares food and carries out basic cooking tasks under the supervision of a more senior chef, with the objective to learn and understand how to carry out functions in every section of the kitchen.

The learning journey of any chef will vary considerably from one individual to the next, depending on where they are completing their apprenticeship.

What you'll learn

On this apprenticeship, you’ll learn the knowledge and skills required to become a commis chef whilst working in the sector.

You will cover skills in cooking, working with people, food safety and business, and will use what you’ve learned from your workplace training and college sessions to demonstrate your learning to an end-point assessor.

You will also work towards either a Functional Skills Level 1 qualification in English and Maths, or Level 2, if you don’t already have them.

Course entry requirements

For entry onto this course, you will need to be working in the industry for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

GCSE English and Maths at grades 3-9 is essential.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

Alongside your work-based training, on this apprenticeship, you will attend masterclasses at college every 2 weeks, combining classroom learning with practical sessions in the kitchen to teach you the knowledge and skills you need to complete your apprenticeship.

At the end of 12 months, you will have 3 months to complete end-point assessments. These consist of a professional discussion, online exam and practical observation with an external assessor to gain your apprenticeship certificate.

You will be assigned a work-based college trainer who will guide you through your apprenticeship in conjunction with your employer to help you pass this assessment and provide support and guidance. It is a requirement that you must receive 20% off-the-job training, which can consist of shadowing, self-study and work-based training.

You will be observed and assessed by your assessor in the workplace, engaging in practical activities and routine activities that form part of your role within the setting. You will provide evidence of knowledge and understanding through written assignments or professional discussions, with your assessor.

You will use an e-learning portfolio to present your evidence for assessment.

Future career and study opportunities

After you complete this apprenticeship, you could move on to a Level 3 apprenticeship or progress into employment.

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College apprentice, you may incur additional costs on your apprenticeship. For example, you may need to pay for travel and stationery; for some apprenticeships, you may need to purchase specialist equipment.

If you are on a limited income, you may be able to receive help from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

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