Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Taunton Centre

Who is the course for?

This course is for those who are employed or wish to be employed in the food industry as a trainee or commis chef and would like to gain a qualification as a professional chef. There are many job roles that start with a commis chef qualification such as cooks and chefs in small and large volume establishments.

What does the course involve?

  • Prepare, cook and serve food
  • Food safety
  • Health & safety
  • How to run a food section and ensure service standards are met
  • Specialist workshops will be run in college to expand your culinary range across all food groups

What makes this course special?

You will be in a real working environment in which you can learn and hone your skills as a chef across many different areas of a kitchen. Specialist workshops will be run at the Taunton Centre to expand your culinary range and lead you upwards to the next step in your career. You will have one-to -one support from a specialist trainer and a work place mentor, all while earning a wage.

Placements/Work Placements

In order to carry out an Apprenticeship, learners must be in a real work environment, carrying out duties provided by their employer, which will develop the learner's ability to work in a professional kitchen. The Apprenticeship will last between 12 – 18 months depending on opportunities to provide evidence and is supported by our online portfolio, OneFile.

Placements can be secured in any organisation where professional cookery is at the core of the business; this could be for the public, private or charity sector.

During a College interview, the Trainer/Assessor will discuss how best to obtain a position. There may be organisations that the College is working with who are looking for an apprentice that candidates could apply for a position with, or candidates may prefer to approach an organisation of their choice.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSEs in the A* - E or 9 – 3 range
  • Successful interview
  • Either hold or have the ability to achieve a D - E in English and Maths GCSEs or Level 1 Functional Skills
  • Initial assessment may be required in English and Maths

What are the assessment methods?

Continual assessment in the workplace and in college to build up a recipe evidence log book showing your development across the culinary range and culinary knowledge.

There will be four assessment exams at the end of the course which are made up of:

    • An observation in the work place
    • A controlled observation at College
    • A professional discussion
    • A multiple choice test

How long is the course?

12-18 months.

What are the College attendance requirements?

One day per week spent at Taunton Centre attending workshops to build on the culinary range.

What are the progression options?

The Commis Chef Apprenticeship can lead to either a Chef de Partie Advanced Apprenticeship or Senior Chef Production Cooking Advanced Apprenticeship depending on the establishment you work in.


The training and skills learnt can lead towards becoming a head chef, catering manager or a trainer in Hospitality.

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