Food Safety in Catering


This qualification is suitable for learners aged 16 and above. This qualification is appropriate for anyone who needs a basic understanding of food safety in a catering environment. There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 1 qualification.

Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering provide an ideal solution to staff induction training including:

  • new employees with minimal or no prior food safety knowledge
  • employees handling low-risk or wrapped foods (category A)
  • front of house employees, such as waiting or check out staff
  • back of house employees, such as kitchen porters or warehouse staff

Aims and objectives of this qualification

The NCFE Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering focuses on the importance of hygiene, the food handler’s legal responsibilities and their role in monitoring food safety procedures, and how to handle, prepare and process food safely. The objectives of the qualification are for learners to understand:

¨ how individuals can take personal responsibility for food safety

¨ the importance of keeping themselves clean and hygienic

¨ the importance of keeping the work areas clean and hygienic

¨ the importance of keeping food safe

 On achieving this qualification candidates will be equipped with the knowledge to enable them to provide safe food thus assisting their employer’s business in complying with the law.


Course duration

Guided learning hours: 9

External assessment

Each candidate is required to undertake an externally set multiple-choice question paper. This paper assesses knowledge aspects of this qualification sampled from the mandatory unit of the qualification, and consists of 30 questions. The assessment is administered by centre staff under examination conditions and will last for 40 minutes, which includes provision for candidate reading time. Questions are set and assessed by NCFE and focus on the knowledge and understanding requirements of this qualification. The pass mark for the multiple-choice question paper is 66%. Candidates will be issued with one of the following grades:

¨ Achieved – candidates achieved higher than the set 66% pass mark

¨ Within 10% of achieving – candidates achieved between 57% and 66% but did not meet the required 66% pass mark

¨ Not Achieved – candidates achieved less than 57% so did not achieve.

Online assessment

Candidate results are displayed on-screen at the end of the assessment and will be confirmed the next day by NCFE.

How much does the course cost?

The current cost is £65, which includes the Food Safety Handbook and examination fees.

Group and onsite training fees are available on request.

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