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.

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 1

Free if unemployed or low wage (if aged 19-23 must have Full L2 or above to be eligible)

Fee Details 2

Due to funding restrictions, anyone who doesn’t live in England, isn’t a UK resident^ or who lives in the local authority areas^ of:

Cambridge and Peterborough
Greater London Authority
Greater Manchester
Liverpool City Region
North of Tyne Combined Authority
North East
South Yorkshire
Tees Valley
West Midlands
West Yorkshire
West of England

Will be unable to apply for fee remission and may be subject to higher course fees than those published.

^go to this page on our website to check if your postcode is in a Devolved Funding Area or to check eligibility if you are a non-UK resident https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/the-college/fees-and-funding/

If you don’t live in England or are not a UK resident or live in any of the above local authority areas and wish to enrol on the course, please contact us for information on tuition fees.

Fee Code


Fee Remission

For further information on fee remission details linked to the above Fee
Code – refer to our PT Application form on our

Website Here

Please Note

Due to funding restrictions this course is not available to existing full time Sparsholt College/Andover College students aged 16, 17 or 18 (or 19-24 with an EHCP) on the 31/8 in the year they started their course.



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