Butchery Apprenticeships Level 2 and Level 3

Overview (NV)

Butchery – Proficiency in Meat and Poultry Industry Skills Level 2 and Level 3

Course length
12 - 18 months per level


Butchers prepare and sell meat and meat products to customers including members of the public, caterers, restaurants and retail outlets. Butchers often make fresh and cooked meat products, like sausages and pies. 

Typical tasks include sourcing and buying meat; taking delivery and/or collecting stock; storing meat; cleaning preparation areas; preparing game (including plucking, skinning, and boning); preparing and weighing meat (including cutting, boning, slicing, and trimming); using machinery to prepare meat; and advising and serving customers.

Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Meat and Poultry Industry Skills

The Level 2 Certificate will give you a good introduction to the butchery industry and provide a range of basic skills. You will also gain:

  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths.

Level 3 Certificate for Proficiency in Meat and Poultry Industry Skills

The Level 3 Certificate further enhances your practical skills and gives an opportunity to gain experience in the wider elements of the business. 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 butchery 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: apprenticeships@ucb.ac.uk