Food technology qualification overview

This qualification is designed to develop and confirm a graded level of performance of Food and Drink Technologists, so they have the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to work effectively in technical functions 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 3 Diploma in Food Technology – 603/1389/4

This qualification also underpins the delivery of the food technologist apprenticeship standard.

Food Technologist Apprenticeship Standard

Occupational Awards Limited offers the mandated qualification which supports the delivery of the food technologist standard, we are also approved to offer apprentice end-point assessment services for food technologist.

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Qualification purpose?

This qualification will support progression of learners to:

  • increased responsibility or promotion opportunities in work
  • level 4 vocational qualifications in technical operations/management/quality and improvement
  • apprenticeships for the food and drink industry
  • technical/development/quality or management related job roles in food and drink operations


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 Diploma are issued on the basis of awarding a fail, pass, merit or distinction.

Food technologist end-point assessment

OAL is approved to deliver the Food technologist end-point assessment

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