Food Safety in Catering RQf Level 2


Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (RQF) provides learners with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the importance of good personal and workplace hygiene. It allows learners to take responsibility for food safety in a catering environment. They will also understand how to keep food safe from contamination.

This qualification is intended for learners wanting to undertake training or to further develop knowledge and/or skills in this subject area. The objectives of the qualification include; preparing learners to progress to a qualification in the same subject area but at a higher level or requiring more specific knowledge, skills and understanding and preparing learners for employment and supporting a role in the workplace.


Anybody working or intending on working in a food preparation environment is required by European Union Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs to carry out their roles safely. The course is suitable for food handlers in all disciplines of the food retail and catering sector, including restaurants, hotels, cafes, bars, fast-food outlets, takeaways, mobile food trucks, kitchens, hospitals, schools, and colleges. By law, all food handlers must understand the basic principles of food hygiene and know how to work safely so as to protect the food they serve from contamination. This Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Catering course ensures that you comply with this legal responsibility by providing learners with a thorough introduction to the correct food handling practices and equipping them to observe and follow correct food handling procedures to avoid contamination and poisoning.

Course Description

The course will give you a qualification that develops your competence, skill and knowledge in the catering. The qualification a competency-based and the aims and outcomes are as follows:

1. Understand how individuals can take personal responsibility for food safety

1.1. Outline the importance of food safety procedures, risk assessment, safe food handling and behaviour

1.2. Describe how to report food safety hazards.

1.3. Outline the legal responsibilities of food handlers and food business operators

2. Understand the importance of keeping him/herself clean and hygienic

2.1. Explain the importance of personal hygiene in food safety including its role in reducing the risk of contamination

2.2. Describe effective personal hygiene practices, for example, protective clothing, hand washing, personal illnesses, cuts and wounds

3. Understand the importance of keeping the work areas clean and hygienic

3.1. Explain how to keep the work area and equipment clean and tidy to include cleaning and disinfection methods, safe use and storage of cleaning chemicals and materials, and waste disposal

3.2. State how work flow, work surfaces and equipment can reduce contamination risks and aid cleaning

3.3. Outline the importance of pest control

Awarding body

TQUK or Gatehouse Awards

Certificate Achieved

Upon completion of the course, by gaining a recognised qualification which will enable you to acquire the knowledge and skills in food safety procedures especially in the catering sector.

Guided learning Hours

4-6 hours including the test, one day course, online and classroom.

4. Understand the importance of keeping food safe

4.1. State the sources and risks to food safety from contamination and cross contamination to include microbial, chemical, physical and allergenic hazards.

4.2. Explain how to deal with food spoilage including recognition, reporting and disposal

4.3. Describe safe food handling practices and procedures for storing, preparing, cooking, chilling, reheating, holding, serving and transporting food

4.4. Explain the importance of temperature controls when storing, preparing, cooking, chilling, reheating, holding, serving and transporting food

4.5. Describe stock control procedures including deliveries, storage, date marking and stock rotation

There is a CPD certificate available at a lower price.


Once you have completed the learning you will participate in a multiple-choice assessment, a pass mark of 75% is required. The online test is marked automatically, receiving an instant grade. Don’t worry if you don’t pass or want to improve your grade, you can retake the test unlimited times at no extra cost.

Also, we also can provide a multiple-choice paper at conclusion of the course.


After completing this care certificate course in food safety, you can progress to the next level/qualification like the Level 3 in food safety supervision.

Entry requirement

There are no specific entry requirements however

Minimum Age 16 and more
Learners should have an adequate level of English.

Study method/format

The course is delivered online via our bespoke e-learning portal, complete with both online “class room” style and interactive user-friendly training and downloadable documentation to aid your learning. You can resume or stop your course at any time, remembering the exact point you were at.


We take pride in our customer service, offering dedicated tutor support offering you unlimited online email support whilst studying to help answer any questions you may have.

Career Path

This qualification is designed for learners (food handlers) within the catering and food retailing sector

How To Register

If you need help to find out about the course booking or further information about the course, please call or email us.  Please fill the form.

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