Catering and Hospitality

Professional Cookery Level 2 Apprenticeship

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course can start at various times during the year and will be completed in one year.

Entry requirements

You Should:

  • Hold 2 GCSE’s grade A – C or grade 9 – 3 including English and maths
  • You may have also achieved Level 1 Culinary Skills
  • You need to be employed within the catering industry or have an employer in this area willing to take you on as an apprentice

Please see our Apprenticeship vacancies

You will achieve

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery

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.

Course content

A professional cookery apprentice is the most common starting position in many kitchens and in principle the most junior culinary role.
The primary objective of an apprentice chef is to learn and understand how to carry out the 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.

E-portfolio and workplace observation.

Guided learner hours are delivered during contracted working hours.

All equipment will be provided.

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

On completion of this pathway, learners may progress onto further qualifications specific to their work context.

Progression should not just be seen as vertical. In some instances, progressing into another role at the same level may be just as rewarding as it offers the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge.

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 +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email:



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 the Info Team.

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

Professional Cookery Level 2 Apprenticeship

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