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Bakery isn’t just about bread and bakers don’t only work in small businesses. Every day bakers also produce millions of cakes, pastries and biscuits, many of them working in large automated commercial bakeries. The Level 2 Bakery Apprenticeship Standard equips learners to be able to produce a variety of products and work in a range of bakery roles. On average, it takes 18-24 months to complete.


There are 3 components to the apprenticeship: the training programme, mandatory qualifications and end point assessment (EPA).

Training Programme

Apprentices will need to successfully complete the 4 mandatory Standard components: core knowledge, skills and behaviours plus choose between a craft, in-store or automated bakery specialism. For detail of the Standard programme, see the ‘Purpose and Structure’ document in the box below.

Mandatory Qualifications

  • Level 1 Mathematics
  • Level 1 English
  • Level 2 Diploma in Bakery*

Apprentices are also required to attempt Level 2 English and Maths prior to EPA, but success at this level is not compulsory.

*This is a new qualification mandated in the Standard. It is graded at Pass, Fail, Merit and Distinction. FDQ are working hard to develop our own version of the qualification, which should be ready for new apprentices Autumn 2017. Drawing upon experience gained from our catalogue of proven Professional Bakery qualifications and with input from industry specialists, we’re confident it will be worth waiting for!


We are delighted to launch our End Point Assessment services to the industry.


Bakery End Point Assessment (EPA)

EPA services are in development for Bakery and will be available Spring 2018 – well ahead of time for apprentices working towards the Bakery Apprenticeship Standard.

To find out more about the Level 2 Diploma in Bakery or EPA, talk to one of our friendly team on 0113 3970 395 or email us at

Bakery apprenticeship standard

Purpose and structure
End-point assessment

Workplace qualifications

These are work-based qualifications, which are usually delivered and assessed in the workplace; they are especially popular with employers as they can be undertaken during the working day, and require minimal time

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