Knife skills qualification overview

This qualification is designed to develop and assess knife skills and knowledge for those involved in food processing operations. The safe, professional and competent use of knives is essential for effective processing operations in a wide range of occupations across the food preparation and manufacturing industries.

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

OAL Level 2 Award in Knife Skills – 603/2931/2

This qualification is mandated within the butcher apprenticeship standard. On achievement of the qualification learners will have developed the knife skills and knowledge which will enable them to perform consistently, reliably and productively in their work role with knives, and make a positive contribution to employment.

Butcher Apprenticeship Standard 

At OAL we currently provide end-point assessment services for both the butcher and advanced butcher apprenticeship standards.

To view the butcher standard, please click here.

Qualification purpose?

This qualification will support progression of learners to:

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

Assessment

The qualification must be assessed using the following assessment methods:

  • Practical Demonstration/Assignment

Learners are required to achieve all learning outcomes within units of assessment. Assessment of skills will involve observation of learners’ knife skills carrying out food processing operations and knowledge testing in the workplace or in an approved food processing environment.

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, outcomes are fail or pass only.