Commis Chef (L2) Apprenticeship Standard

Commis Chef (L2) Apprenticeship Standard

Course Information

Level: 2
Start Date: Various
Typical Duration: 2 Year(s)
Attendance: 2 Year(s)
Type: Part Time, Apprenticeship
Code: CF4ASCC2

About the Programme

The Commis Chef Level 2 apprenticeship is for learners working in a wide range of Catering settings across the service and commercial sectors.  A commis chef is the most common starting position in many kitchens and in principal is a junior culinary role. A commis chef prepares food and carries out basic cooking tasks under the supervision of a more senior chef.

You will learn to demonstrate understanding and knowledge in the following areas:

Culinary - business influences on dishes and menus, technology for development of dishes, checking food stocks and storage, set-up, preparation and cleaning tasks, identify ingredients, portion sizes, principles of food preparation and cooking, knives and kitchen equipment, and seasonality.

Food safety - personal hygiene, practices, store, prep and cooking.

People - team performance, communication, training and development.

Business - basic costing, supply chain, waste management, identify risks.

You will learn the following skills:

Culinary - refresh menus, use technology, check food stocks, measure ingredients and portion sizes, craft preparation, basic cooking skills and knife skills.

Food Safety - maintain clean kitchen, complete kitchen documentation, store, prepare and cook food safely.

People - work effectively with others, good communication.

Business - follow instruction, meet targets, control resources.

You will learn the following behaviours:

Understand and demonstrate the values and behaviours required to meet the needs of customers, business and team members in line with a Commis Chef's role.


Suitable Job Roles: Progression to Chef de Partie at Level 3 in various establishments including restaurants, hotels, gastro pubs, caterers and University of Cambridge college kitchens.

Entry Requirements

This Level 2 qualification is for people who wish to start a career in Catering. To enrol, you MUST be employed over 30 hours per week in a suitable catering establishment to start an Apprenticeship, please contact us should you need help in finding suitable employment. Apprentices are paid a wage by the employer.  Your employer is required to give you a contract of employment, which will include holiday entitlement and all other benefits. Your job role should provide you with the opportunities for the Commis Chef Standard.

Entry onto the L2 Apprenticeship Framework or standard requires 2 x D Grades / 2 x Grade 3 or above in Maths and English.

We currently offer pre apprenticeship courses for applicants, in Maths and English, to support learners wishing improve their grades to the entry criteria. Learners should have secured employment.

All applicants will be interviewed- this includes maths and English skills scan, a trade test and a formal interview.

End Point Assessment

There are three stages of assessment:

1. On-programme stage - observations and on line knowledge exams
2. Gateway stage - successful completion of the skills and knowledge, values and behaviours, functional skills and training hours
3. End-point assessment. Two external examiner practical observations - .Workplace observation-duration 3 hours. College culinary challenge observation-duration 2 hours with questions and professional discussion

This qualification is delivered at college for 1 day per week and reinforced and developed in the workplace. This will provide the skills set, knowledge-based elements of the Apprenticeship, Values and Behaviours, Functional Skills and meet the 20% off the job training.

Functional skills is delivered and assessed in block weeks at college, with flexibility, relating to the service industry sector.

How to Apply

To study an apprenticeship, you must secure or already be in a suitable an apprenticeship job role with an employer.

Need to find an apprenticeship job?

You can do this through undertaking a job search and applying and interviewing for available roles. In order for us to help you secure your apprenticeship, let us know you are actively looking for an apprenticeship by registering your interest and signing up to our apprenticeship job alerts at

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership schools should register their interest through the CAP application system, MyChoice@16.

Securing an apprenticeship position can be challenging, therefore we advise all aspiring apprentices, who are leaving school, to apply for a full-time course in the same subject. Having a Plan B ensures you can continue with your education in September and build the practical knowledge and confidence you need to progress onto an apprenticeship when one becomes available.

To find out more about how the apprenticeship application process works, please visit

Already have a job and an employer?

Register your interest in the programme, and contact our Apprenticeship Team at and 01223 418778, and we will work with you and your employer to start the apprenticeship enrolment process.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information is correct, some details may be subject to change. Cambridge Regional College reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient.

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