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Bakery isn’t just about bread (just ask Paul Hollywood!) 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 or baking products for customers in store at your local supermarket. 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. The FDQ Diploma in Bakery is a 37 credit/266-270 GLH diploma, well matched to the ability of level 2 apprentices. Developed with input from the bakery industry, it meets all the requirements of the standard and also allows for study of additional bakery skills, as the industry requested. Apprentices study 8 core units and 2 further units, specific to each of the three pathways: craft baker, in-store baker and automated baker. Unique to FDQ’s diploma though are ‘added value’ units in specialist skills such as cake decorating and artisan patisserie. Find out more about the diploma and FDQs support materials by downloading  the specification here.

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


Bakery End Point Assessment (EPA)

FDQ are approved by the Government Educational and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to deliver end-point assessments for the bakery standard apprenticeship. This means we’ll now be able to offer everything from qualification registration right through to end-point assessment (EPA) for bakery.  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

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