Bakery Apprenticeships Level 2 and Level 3

Overview (NV)

Bakery – Proficiency in Bakery Industry Skills Level 2 and Level 3

Course length
12-18 months per level


The bakery industry offers fantastic job opportunities, highlighted by a growing interest in and demand for high quality bread and confectionery products.

Successful bakers and pastry chefs need to:

  • Be enthusiastic, hardworking and enjoy multi-tasking
  • Have good communication skills and enjoy teamwork
  • Be creative
  • Have presentation skills and an eye for attention to details
  • Enjoy making great products for customers

Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Baking Industry Skills

The Level 2 Certificate gives you the opportunity to develop an understanding of the bakery industry and gain practical skills in bread and cake production.

You will also gain Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths.

Level 3 Certificate for Proficiency in Baking Industry Skills

The Level 3 Certificate further advances your skills and knowledge and helps develop your creativity in line with the business you are working in. For example, you may have the opportunity to develop specialist bread skills or work with chocolate.

You will also gain Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths. 

Teaching and Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment 

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?

If you want to become a bakery apprentice and do not have a job, UCB will work with you to find a suitable paid placement. If you are in work and want to take an apprenticeship qualification, we can advise you on what you need to do.

For more information please contact the Apprenticeship team:

By telephone: 0121 232 4091 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

By email:

Employer Feedback (NV)

Employer feedback

"UCB's training is absolutely first rate and its desire to motivate and encourage our staff to achieve their learning targets is outstanding"

Simon Murphy, Head of Catering, West Bromwich Albion FC


"We have worked with UCB for over a year now and we find its commitment to the students development absolutely paramount."

Neil Satchwell, Birmingham Hippodrome


"My team and I have found that UCB always puts the students at ease and encourages their learning in a professional manner."

Paul Taylor, Executive Chef, Hilton Hotel Birmingham


Apprenticeship reform

From 6th April 2017, apprenticeships are changing.The introduction of the levy has the potential to increase training, improve skills and create more jobs.

This is a once in a life time opportunity for employers to attract high quality apprenticeships, new talent and invest in existing staff.

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Profiles (NV)

Apprentice profiles

Find out more about what it's like to be an apprentice.

Jess Dalton

Jess Dalton

Bakery Apprentice