What will I learn?

EU and UK regulations state that all food handlers must receive appropriate training in food safety practices relevant to their duties.

The QA Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (RQF) is a regulated and nationally recognised qualification for people working, or planning to work, in the food catering industry. The qualification is also ideal for those who come into contact with food handling areas due to the nature of their work, such as pest control officers and delivery personnel.

Successful candidates will gain a strong understanding of the importance of food safety, including correct food handling practices and measures to reduce the risk of contamination.

The course covers:

* The importance of food safety
* Food safety laws
* Legal responsibilities of food handlers
* Types of contamination and the associated risks
* Bacteriology
– Food poisoning
– Foodborne illnesses
* An introduction to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
* Personal hygiene
* Work flow, work surfaces and equipment
* Cleaning and disinfection
* Waste disposal
* Pest control
* Safe food handling practices including time and temperature controls
– Preparation
– Cooking & reheating
– Chilling
– Cooling
– Freezing
– Thawing
– Hot holding
– Displaying food
– Core temperatures
– Food preservation
– Storage
* Stock control procedures

Please note that delegates will need to bring a copy of Level 2 Food Safety Made Easy (ISBN 0955229448) to the course. This is available online or from all good booksellers.

Where will it lead me?

After successfully completing this course, delegates may progress to our Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering (QCF) course

Entry Requirements

There are no other formal entry requirements but to benefit from the learning, we advise that Learners have a minimum of Level 1 in literacy and numeracy, or equivalent

Fee Details

Free if unemployed. Low wage may apply. If aged 19-23 must have full L2 or above qual to be eligible



Level of Study:



  • 19/01/2021 - (AWL2FSC/PG02)
  • 27/04/2021 - (AWL2FSC/PG03)




Sparsholt College, SO21 2NF


09:00 - 16:30