Food safety qualification overview
This qualification is designed to develop and assess knowledge and understanding of food safety. It is critical that those involved in the handling of food in manufacturing, catering, retail or warehousing and logistics (distribution) activities have the necessary food hygiene and safety understanding to ensure that consumers have confidence in the safety of food for public sale and consumption.
Learners will develop the essential knowledge and understanding to make a positive contribution to ensuring that food safety standards are properly understood and controlled in the workplace to protect consumers. It is imperative that learners have the knowledge and understanding to ensure our food products, which millions of people consume every day, are safe. The qualification assesses and recognises learned knowledge and understanding.
This qualification will support progression of learners to:
- entry into operative level roles in the food and drink industry
- level 3 vocational qualifications in food safety and HACCP
- level 2 vocational qualifications in food and drink operations, catering, retail, warehousing
- apprenticeships for food and drink, catering, retail and distribution occupations
- increased responsibility in operative or first line management roles.
The qualification can be assessed using a number of assessment methods, to meet the needs of learners, including:
- multiple-choice examination
- portfolio of evidence.
Multiple-choice examinations are provided by OAL and made available online.
All centre devised assessment materials, other than OAL multiple-choice examinations, must be agreed with OAL and signed off before implementation.
Learners are required to achieve all learning outcomes within a unit of assessment.
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 not graded; achievement certificates for this Award are issued on the basis of awarding a pass only.