Food and Beverage Service Apprenticeships Level 2 and Level 3

Overview (NV)

Food and Beverage Service Level 2 and Level 3

Course length
12 - 18 months per level


The hospitality business relies on customers enjoying the best experience possible when they visit a restaurant, bar or other hospitality outlet. These apprenticeships will suit you if you are customer-focussed and have the energy and commitment to work in this exciting, fast-paced industry.

NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Food and Beverage Service

The Level 2 Diploma will ensure you learn the basics such as customer service skills, food and drink service, dealing with payments, health and safety, and learning about regulations and legislation.

You will gain:

  • NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Food and Beverage Service
  • Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Food and Beverage Service)
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths.

NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Hospitality Supervision and Leadership

The Level 3 Diploma takes you to the next level and prepares you for a more advanced role, possibly as a supervisor. It develops your skills to help you motivate a team and run an operation more effectively. Advanced service skills are included.

You will gain:

  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Hospitality Supervision and Leadership
  • Level 3 Award in Hospitality Supervision and Leadership Principles
  • 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 food and beverage service 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: