Diploma Chefs Apprenticeship

Course summary

About the Chefs Apprenticeship

The apprenticeship is designed to help you to develop your skills as a chef, while enabling you to gain a range of qualifications. It aims to open opportunities for you within the hospitality and catering industry by partaking in a partnership between an employer and the University, giving you an excellent opportunity to learn within the industry whilst being supported to gain the necessary qualifications to enable you to progress.

As part of the apprenticeship, you will need to attend the University each week, where you will spend your time in a training kitchen completing practical work and assessments. You will also undertake some classroom studies, completing the work necessary for the theoretical and key skill elements of the course.

Chef tutors will regularly visit you at your workplace, to monitor and plan your progress. Some practical assessments will also take place in your workplace. Our apprenticeship scheme is run in conjunction with The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. Our apprentices are normally employed in prestigious establishments operated by The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts members, such as The Ritz, the Dorchester, the Hilton and the Royal Automobile Club.

Course detail

Course content

Year one

  • NVQ Level 2 Professional Cookery
  • Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering
  • Enhanced Hospitality Skills
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Master Classes in Poultry and Fish
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 1
  • Functional Skills English Level 1.

Year two

  • NVQ Level 3 Professional Cookery
  • Enhanced Hospitality Skills
  • Master Classes in Game and Shellfish
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 2
  • Functional Skills English Level 2.

Year three

  • NVQ Level 3 Pastry and Confectionery
  • Master Classes in Bread and Chocolate.

It is also possible to include extra short courses for example, Foundation
Health and Safety.

Entry requirements

To join the apprenticeship scheme, applicants will need to be in full-time employment or will be placed in employment within the catering industry, with an employer who is committed to supporting them through their apprenticeship.



Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

Our student welfare team can advise you on funding, including

  • 16-18 bursary
  • 19+ discretionary support
  • 24+ Advanced Learning Loan

Find out more about funding options.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

Apply for this course

You can apply for Further Education courses using our online application system.  Simply click the red 'apply now' button above.

If you are applying for an apprenticeship, you can search for vacancies on the Government portal.  You will also need to submit an application to the University of West London by completing an online application form, as above.

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Career and study progression

Most successful apprentices will remain employed within their establishments.

Study progression

Successful apprentices can choose to progress onto our FdA International Culinary Arts - Kitchen and Larder or Pastry.