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.

Why choose the Chefs Apprenticeship
As part of the apprenticeship, you will 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.

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.

Career and study progression 
Our apprentices are normally employed in prestigious establishments such as The Ritz, The Dorchester, Gordon Ramsay Restaurants and the Royal Automobile Club 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.

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.