The Le Cordon Bleu London Internship Pathway is an additional programme that can be taken in conjunction with our Grand Diplôme®, Diplôme de Cuisine, Diplôme de Pâtisserie and Diploma in Wine, Gastronomy and Management programmes. You can also take the Internship Pathway with our 12-month Culinary Arts & Business programmes.
This course has been designed to provide you with experience of working in a professional environment as part of your training. We will arrange interviews and facilitate internships with high-end establishments across a variety of hotels, restaurants and food & wine businesses in London, the UK or other international locations. Throughout the internship, we provide continuous support and performance feedback.
Students can either choose to do their internship in the UK or overseas (including Belgium, UAE, USA and Thailand). For overseas internship the partner will provide visa assistance but the student will be responsible for applying for their own visa. In some cases, the visa application will need to be made from the student’s home country.
International students who apply to the Internship Pathway in the UK need a Tier 4 visa sponsored by Le Cordon Bleu which will only be given if a student meets UKVI requirements.
The course includes extra classes during your initial studies that will help you develop your CV, cover letters, applications and interview skills. Following the completion of the internship placement, students will have to submit their portfolio for final assessment.
The internship pathway cannot be integrated with the two-term “Intensive” Diploma.
We have a range of internship partners, which include 5-star hotels, fine dining restaurants, upmarket patisseries and boulangeries, as well as other culinary and wine businesses. See below for examples of institutions students may be able to take their internship in. This list is not exhaustive, and may be subject to change.
4 intakes each year: Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn
Due to the COVID-19 situation the institute cannot guarantee the provision of an internship course due to the social distancing conditions imposed by governments on the Internship Partners. Our Internship Team will discuss the options with you as the COVID-19 situation becomes clearer.
Duration: 3 months minimum (some Internship Partners may require a longer duration due to visa requirements)
Hours of study: approximately 18 hours of classes during studies at Le Cordon Bleu London and no more than 48 hours per week during the internship (actual working hours will depend on the contract between the student and the Internship Partner)
Entry requirements: The internship pathway can only be taken with our 6-month Wine Diploma or 9-month Culinary Arts Diplomas or 12-month Culinary Arts & Business programmes.