About us

About us

Welcome to the Academy for Professional Skills (APS), a new area of the University, previously part of the London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism. The Academy benefits from over six decades of experience in delivering high-quality professional, technical and skills education. You will benefit from this expertise through courses using our well-resourced training kitchens and restaurants, run by our highly trained teaching staff who bring extensive industry experience.

The Academy is a specialist provider of further education courses and apprenticeships in the University which includes hospitality and catering, the Junior Chefs' Academy (young people aged 14-16) and higher and degree apprenticeships across the University.

Ofsted recognises our Outstanding teaching for further education courses; in the 2013 inspection report they commented:

Learning is highly effective. Lessons focus strongly on developing professional practice, with well-planned, stimulating and exciting activities that enthuse and energise students. Teachers are passionate and highly experienced. Ofsted 2013 report

A major part of our offer is our outstanding Apprenticeship courses in professional cookery, business administration and food and drink service. Our apprenticeships have very high success rates with apprentices working for prestigious employers across London including The Savoy, The Ritz, restaurant groups and Heathrow-based hotels.

In addition to our full time courses, we also run part-time courses for people already in work who wish to improve their skill-set and their careers by studying for the next level of qualification. Part time courses include our award-winning cake decoration classes where year-on-year our students win prizes in international competitions.

The Academy has many industry supporters, including well-known celebrity chefs and hospitality managers such as Heston Blumenthal OBE, Raymond Blanc OBE, Gary Rhodes OBE, Brian Turner CBE, Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL, Michel Roux (snr) OBE, Michel Roux (jnr) and Alain Roux to name but a few.

We are also supported by the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and the Craft Guild of Chefs whose members participate in events, endorse the work of the University and play an active role in motivating, supporting and encouraging students to succeed at UWL, as well as hosting our students on work placements.
 
The Academy strongly believes in a well-rounded curriculum giving students many life enhancing experiences, including visits to industry, opportunities to work with well-known experts in the field, overseas educational trips, competition work and master classes including our own "Gastronomy Extra" events held in our purpose built demonstration theatre.

We believe this high-quality, outstanding provision will help you on your journey – be it to study further or to work in industry – 97% of UWL graduates are in employment within six months of graduating.

If you are still studying your GCSEs but love food and cooking, you can become a member of our Junior Chefs' Academy.

These are special classes run for 14-16-year-olds where students can study cookery, Asian cookery or bakery – all taught in our professional kitchens by our expert teachers. The courses are a great way to help you decide if this is the career for you, and you will gain skills to eat healthily for life.

Whatever course you choose to study with us, I know you will get an outstanding education in a supportive and dedicated area of the University.

You are most welcome to the Academy for Professional Skills.

Adam Lucas
Interim Head of the Academy for Professional Skills