Food & drink operations qualification overview

This qualification is designed to develop and confirm a graded level of performance of Food and Drink Process Operators, so they have the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to work effectively in food and drink processing or manufacturing operations.

On achievement of the qualification learners will have developed the level of competence which will enable them to perform consistently, reliably and productively in their work role, and make a positive contribution to their employment.

OAL Level 2 Diploma in Food & Drink Operations – 603/0127/2

This qualification underpins delivery of the food and drink process operator apprenticeship standard.

Food & Drink Operation Apprenticeship Standard

Occupational Awards Limited (OAL) offer the qualifications which supports the delivery of the food and drink process operator standard and the food and drink advanced process operator standard. We are also approved to offer apprentice end-point assessment services for both food and drink process operator apprenticeships.

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Qualification purpose?

This qualification will support progression of learners to:

  • increased responsibility or promotion opportunities in work
  • level 3 vocational qualifications in food and drink operations/management/technology
  • apprenticeships for the food and drink industry
  • advanced operations, technical or management related job roles in food and drink.


The qualification must be assessed using the following assessment method:

  • portfolio of evidence.

Learners are required to achieve all learning outcomes within units of assessment. Assessment will involve observation of learner performance carrying out the internal quality assurer’s role.

All assessment is subject to internal quality assurance within approved centres providing this qualification. Externally quality assurance of assessment and internal quality assurance within approved centres is provided by OAL.

This qualification is graded; achievement certificates for this Award are issued on the basis of awarding a fail, pass, merit or distinction

Food & Drink Process Operator end-point assessment

OAL is approved to deliver the Food & Drink Process Operator EPA

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