Commis Chef Apprenticeship Level 2

Overview (NV)

Commis Chef Apprenticeship Level 2 (Standard)

13-15 months


A career in catering and hospitality can be exceptionally rewarding, and becoming an apprentice chef could be the ideal path if you want to gain knowledge and behaviours valued by top employers while you work.

You might already be working in catering and want to improve your industry knowledge. Or you might have a passion for food, and like the idea of working in a busy kitchen as part of a team. Either way, UCB can help you find a suitable business for a paid apprenticeship job.  

Level 2 Commis Chef

The Level 2 Commis Chef apprenticeship standard builds on your existing knowledge and skills and covers a range of techniques such as preparing and cooking stocks; soups; sauces; vegetables; meat; poultry and fish; hot and cold desserts; pastry and dough products; and cakes, biscuits and sponges. You will also learn more about sourcing produce and product development. Specific content of the apprenticeship will depend on the business you're employed by.

During your Level 2 apprenticeship, you will gain:

  • Skills, knowledge and behaviours in culinary food safety, customer relations and business. 
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths
Teaching and Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment 

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

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 apprenticeship standard.

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.

End Point Assessment 

All standards require successful completion of End Point Assessments graded by an approved external apprenticeship assessment organisation. In order to pass the Commis Chef apprenticeship End Point Assessment you must successfully complete the following: 

  • A multi-choice questionnaire 
  • Practical observation in a working environment 
  • A culinary challenge project and observation in a controlled environment  
  • A professional discussion 
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 UCB may be able to help you find one. If you are new to the industry or have limited experience you will need to start at Level 2 as a Commis Chef.

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 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 Commis Chef apprentice and do not have a job, you can approach local employers or view our current employer vacancies. If you are in work and want to commit to an apprenticeship, 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:

Profiles (NV)

Apprentice profiles

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Danny May

Danny May

Chef Apprentice

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Meg smith

Megan Smith

Chef Apprentice

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