Bakery Apprenticeship Level 2 (standard)

Overview (NV)

Bakery Apprenticeship Level 2 (standard)

Course length
24 months


The bakery industry is one of the largest sectors in the food industry in the UK, offering fantastic job opportunities such as craft bakeries, automated processing plants, supermarkets and specialist retail shops, driven by a growing interest in and demand for high quality breads and baked goods.

Successful bakers need to:

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

Level 2 Diploma in Bakery 

The Level 2 Apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to develop an understanding of the bakery industry and gain practical skills in bread and cake production. It leads to a Level 2 Diploma in Bakery.

You will also gain Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths and work towards Level 2 (where required).

Teaching and Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment 

Throughout your training, your tutors will guide you through formative and summative assessments, both in the workplace and at UCB. You will have practical assessments, multiple choice tests and assignments throughout your apprenticeship.

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

Apprentices may need to attend UCB should they, or their employer, wish 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.


End-point assessment 


All apprenticeship standards require successful completion of end-point assessments graded by an approved external apprenticeship assessment organisation. In order to pass the Bakery Apprenticeship end-point assessment, you must successfully complete the following: 


  • Level 2 Diploma in Bakery
  • A multi-choice questionnaire 
  • Practical observation and interview in a working environment 
  • Practical observation in a controlled environment  


Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

  • You 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.
  • For Level 2, you will normally require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) or above. However, all applicants will be considered on an individual basis.
  • You will also be required to attend an interview at UCB.
  • If you have experience 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