Course overview

Food production and cooking Intermediate Apprenticeship City of Bristol College

This apprenticeship typically takes 18 months to complete. While working as an apprentice, you will gain valuable experience and qualifications that will help you launch your career as a chef. When you complete your apprenticeship you will be able to seek a permanent role or continue with your professional development.

Additional information

Who is it for?

This apprenticeship is available to young people aged 16-18 and adults aged 19 and over, who are committed to training and developing professionally, while working in food production and cooking.

It is for individuals who are working within a professional kitchen and want to learn through a mainly work-based route. This could be a hotel, restaurant, hospital or pub environment preparing and cooking food for customers.

You will need to secure an apprenticeship position with an employer or, if you are already employed in an appropriate role, your employer could choose to support your apprenticeship training by working with the College.

What you'll learn

You will continue to work within sector while gaining further knowledge and skills in your field.

This course is designed to up-skill people working in the hospitality and catering industry.

You will study areas like:

  • Maintaining a safe, hygienic and secure working environment
  • Maintaining, handling and cleaning knives
  • Working effectively as part of a hospitality team
  • Maintaining food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food

Examples of the optional units include preparing, cooking and finishing basic:

  • Fish dishes
  • Poultry dishes
  • Meat dishes
  • Vegetable dishes
  • Hot sauces
  • Soups
  • Pastry products
  • Bread and dough products.

If you do not have a GCSE in English and Maths at Level 4 (C) or above, you will study towards gaining Level 2 Functional Skills.

Entry requirements

  • Catering employment as an apprentice, in a professional kitchen for a minimum of 30 hours a week
  • Two GCSEs Grade 2 (E) or above
  • Excellent record of attendance and punctuality
  • Good communication skills
  • Commitment, enthusiasm and the motivation to succeed
  • To complete an online initial assessment.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will spend most or all of your time at work, depending on the most suitable training programme for you. You could attend college once a week, where you will be taught through a mix of classroom lessons and practical sessions in our training kitchens. These classes will help you gain the knowledge and skills to achieve your apprenticeship.

You can also choose a work-based only route where you will not be required to attend college delivery, this option is determined by your support needs.

At work you will learn from your employer and your colleagues and your college mentor will work with you to make sure you gain the knowledge and skills you need to achieve your qualification. You will be assessed in the workplace throughout your apprenticeship – you will need to demonstrate how you use the knowledge and skills you have learned in your work.

You will also be required to complete some competency-based written assignments. If you are studying English and maths as part of your apprenticeship, these skills will be assessed with written tests. You will also need to complete 20% off-the-job training.

You will be assigned a work-based college mentor who will guide you through your apprenticeship in conjunction with your employer.

On completion of the programme, you will achieve your Level 2 Production Chef apprenticeship.

Future career and study opportunities

When you complete this apprenticeship, your employer might be able to offer you a permanent position with the business. Alternatively, you will be able to seek employment with a range of establishments where you could use your cooking skills, for example in a cafe, pub or catering company.

Additional costs

You will need to buy College uniforms to work in the kitchen and restaurant and you will need to contribute towards the costs of transport for any visits.

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

Blended learning

To keep our students and staff safe, we’re reducing the number of people in our buildings at one time.

To achieve this, most of our courses will include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning to help you reach your full potential.

Find out more about how we’ve adapted due to COVID-19.