Catering career paths

Professional Cookery

CAREER PATHS: Craft Chef, Commis Chef, Wok Chef, Assistant Chef in Indian/Thai Cuisine, Sous / Senior Chef.

An Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery Level 2 is for people who are employed in the food and hospitality industry and who have the ambition to become trained and skilled chefs. At Level 2 you will study general aspects of catering like Health and Hygiene, Safety, Security, Handling Knives and Working Relationships. Preparation and cooking units could include meat, fish, sauces and soups, vegetables, dough products, pasta, rice, egg dishes, cakes, sponges and desserts.

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery Level 3 covers the following mandatory areas:

  • Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food.
  • Establish and develop positive working relationships in hospitality
  • Maintain the health, hygiene, safety and security of the workplace.


Meet our students

Sasha Grant Woodhouse

Level 3

Catering Apprenticeship

"My tutors are supportive, and are on hand if extra support is needed. I would definitely recommend Swindon College to others who are looking to take up catering, because of the tutor support and my experience of using the facilities, which are excellent. Customers who come into The Restaurant are quite often from the general public, so the whole experience is very similar to that of working in a restaurant."