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 1

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

Low Wage

*Please contact the College for further information on low wage eligibility or see Fee Remission section on our PT enrolment form.

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
Sheffield City Region**
Tees Valley
West of England
West Midlands
West Yorkshire**

**from 1/8/21

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.



Level of Study:



  • 20/07/2022 - (AWL2FSC/PG03)




Sparsholt College, SO21 2NF


09:00 - 16:30