Diploma Chefs Apprenticeship

Course summary

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The Chef Apprenticeship is designed to help you to develop your skills as a chef. 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 towards the end point assessment of the apprenticeship.

We offer Commis Chef Apprenticeship – this is for school leavers or those changing career and looking for their first role in a kitchen.  

We also offer Chef de Partie Apprenticeship – this is for those progressing from Commis Chef or those that have been employed for a few years as a commis and want to step up to the next level of skill and responsibility. 

Why choose the Chefs Apprenticeship
As part of the apprenticeship, you will be required to attend the University 1 day 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 functional skill elements of the course. The other four days each week you will work for your employer in a real working environment. 

Your Apprenticeship training must take 12 months. Chef tutors will regularly visit you at your workplace, to monitor and plan your progress with your employer. It is imperative that you are employed in a suitable workplace to support the chef apprenticeship. We can help with this as we support employers with the recruitment. 

At the end of your period of training you will undertake your End Point Assessment (EPA). This includes four elements:
  • a theory exam
  • a culinary challenge
  • a workplace observation
  • professional discussion.  
Career and study progression 
Our apprentices are normally employed in prestigious establishments such as The Ritz, Fullers, The Dorchester, Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, Caprice Restaurants and the SoHo House Group to name a few.

Where candidates are employed in establishments linked to The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts they can undertake the final RACA Diploma exam.

On completion of the Commis Chef Apprenticeship you may be able to progress onto the Chef de Partie Apprenticeship. Most successful apprentices will remain employed within their establishments.

Course detail

We offer two Apprenticeship courses, a Level 2 course and a Level 3 course -  progression onto the Level 3 course is not automatic. In order to progress, you will need to pass all elements of the Level 2 course including the  'end point assessment'. You will also need to ensure you are in suitable employment throughout.

Commis Chef Apprenticeship (Level 2): 15 months

You will be required to:

  • attend UWL one day per week
  • spend four days per week  working with employer
  • take part in trips and visits
  • undertake functional skills maths (Level 1) - if required
  • undertake functional skills English (Level 1) - if required.

You will receive:

  • tuition towards End Point Assessment* exam to include:
    • stocks
    • soups
    • sauces
    • meat
    • fish
    • poultry
    • vegetables
    • pastry
    • desserts
  • assessment towards NVQ Level 2 Professional Cookery (not required but included)
  • Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering
  • master classes in poultry and fish.

*EPA can only be taken if you have been on the course for 12 months

Chef de Partie Apprenticeship (Level 3) : 15 – 18 months

You will be required to:

  • attend UWL one day per week
  • spend four days per week  working with employer
  • take part in trips and visits
  • undertake functional skills maths (Level 2) - if required
  • undertake functional skills English (Level 2) - if required.

You will receive:

  • tuition towards End Point Assessment* exam to include: 
    • meat
    • fish
    • poultry
    • game
    • cold larder production and sauces
    • pasta
    • hot and cold desserts
    • bread and dough
  • assessment towards NVQ Level 3 Professional Cookery (not required but included)
  • master classes in game and shellfish.

* EPA can only be taken if you have been on the course for 15 months.

Entry requirements

To join the apprenticeship programme you will need to be working within the catering industry with an employer who is committed to supporting you through the apprenticeship. You may be required to attend a number of interviews and trial shifts with different employers. If you are already employed please speak to us directly.

You must be a UK/EU national with three years' residency. We are unable to accept you if you are on a student visa. A minimum standard of English and Maths is also required – this will be assessed.

Fees

Funding

Fees for the apprenticeship program are paid through the ‘Employer Levy’ which is linked to the size of employer.

If you are already employed in the industry, please call us for advice on 020 8231 2091.

If you are a school leaver we may be able to help you find an employer to train you.

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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