Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Apprenticeships (RACA) Level 2 and Level 3

Overview (NV)

Chefs Apprenticeship Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA)

Course length
2-3 years day release


UCB is the first institution outside London and the South to offer the three-year Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) Chefs Apprenticeship.

This course represents a unique opportunity for young chefs aged 16 to 19 to receive the highest level of culinary training while working alongside top professionals at the hospitality sector.

On successful completion of all the course modules and the final RACA exam will be awarded the coveted Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Diploma and become a Graduate of the RACA.

During the apprenticeship, the young chefs will attend UCB each week for a day of formal training, practical work, culinary theory and assessments. The curriculum is cutting-edge and combines culinary traditions with modern developments and an internationally-informed body of knowledge.

The apprentices will also benefit from an unrivalled enrichment programme including demonstrations by leading chefs, “stages” at top restaurants and field trips to food producers.

Why should I choose this course?

This highly coveted qualification will enable you to:-

  • Gain valuable experience working at high-end establishments including Purnell’s and Purnell’s Bistro, Simpsons in Edgbaston and The Cross at Kenilworth. All of which have been awarded Michelin stars.
  • Complete NVQ level 2/3 Professional Cookery
  • Receive the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Diploma and become a Graduate of the RACA.
  • On completion students can apply for the BA (Hons)/FdA Culinary Arts available at UCB
Teaching and Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment

After completing an initial three-month training period, apprentices are placed in a fine dining restaurant to complete the rest of the apprenticeship. The course is run over three years consisting of Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications.

Throughout your training your tutor will guide you through assessments both in the workplace and at College. You will have practical assessments, online tests and assignments.

Your personal assessor will visit you regularly in the workplace (or are happy to see you more often if you need extra help). They will assist you throughout your training to help you achieve your qualification.

Apprentices may need to attend college should they or their employer wish for them to gain additional skills but this will be discussed with you and your employer.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

You will need to be 16 and over and in full-time employment. You will already be working in a suitable role, or we can help you find one. If you are new to the industry or have limited experience you will need to start at Level 2.

For Level 2 you will normally require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) or above. For direct entry to Level 3, you will need a relevant Level 2 qualification and ideally English and maths at grade 4 (grade C) or above. However, all applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

You will also be required to attend a college interview.

If you have experience of working in the industry we would be delighted to hear from you.

If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and maths you will need to undertake an assessment so we can ensure you receive the best support for that subject.

What's next? (NV)

What's next?

The next intake for RACA Apprenticeship Chef will be September 2017. However, you can apply from September 2016. Simply click the apply button in the 'Overview' section to download an application form.

Please provide your email address, postal address, telephone number and the name of the school or college you are currently attending.

On receipt of your application we will write to you and invite you to attend an interview. Please bring with you your most recent school/college report and attendance report.