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Catering and Hospitality

Commis Chef Level 2 Apprenticeship (catering)

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

Various start dates throughout the year. The minimum duration for this apprenticeship is 18 months.

Entry requirements

You should:

You may have also achieved a Level 1 Culinary Skills qualification. Applicants to this Apprenticeship will be from different age groups, with differing backgrounds and experience. As a guide, applicants may enter via a range of routes including from:

  • Work
  • Work experience
  • College
  • Training and/or experience which may include a portfolio showing what has been completed


You will achieve

Commis Chef Apprenticeship Standard.

Course overview

This Apprenticeship provides the skills and knowledge required to prepare food and carry out basic cooking tasks under the supervision of a more senior chef.

Click here for further information regarding the Standard Apprenticeship.



Course content

A Commis Chef is the most common starting position in many kitchens and in principle the most junior culinary role. The primary objective of the Commis Chef is to learn and understand how to carry out basic functions in every section of the kitchen. This gives the opportunity to experience, consider and value every section with a view to choosing an area where you feel most inspired.

You will cover a wide range of food preparation and cooking including: fish, shellfish, meat, poultry, game, offal, vegetables, sauces, stock, soup, rice, pasta/noodles, vegetable protein, bread and dough, pastry, cakes, sponges, biscuits, scones, cold and hot desserts.

E-portfolio and workplace observation. Guided learner hours are delivered during contracted working hours.

Your uniform will be provided by your employer. Equipment will be discussed at your induction session.

On completion of this pathway, you may progress onto further qualifications specific to their work context or into employment.

How much does the course cost?

There is no cost to being an apprentice. All costs associated with your apprenticeship, including the cost of training and your salary, will be paid by your employer.

Extra information

For further information please contact the team on 01226 216166 or email: apprenticeships@barnsley.ac.uk



Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and Maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and Maths we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level Maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Commis Chef Level 2 Apprenticeship (catering)

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