Having strong knowledge about food hygiene and safety is essential for ensuring the success of a food business.


Bad practices can lead to an outbreak of food poisoning, to negative reviews and/or customer complaints.


With good food hygiene and safety knowledge, however, food handlers can prevent food from being cross-contaminated, and can ensure that customers are served or sold food that is safe for consumption and meets their expected standards.


Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Retail (RQF) is the ideal qualification for those involved in the preparation and handling of food in a retail environment.


This qualification specification outlines key information required by learners to ensure they are able to make an informed decision in regards to the qualifications they are undertaking.

This qualification is aimed those that are working in, or a looking to work in a food retail business. As a food handler it is important to have knowledge of safer food handling in order to minimise the risk of food related illness. Typical learners are those handling food in a retail environment.

The objective for this qualification is to support a role in the workplace.

Qualification level:
Guided learning hours (GLH): 06
Total Qualification Time (TQT): 07
Credit value: 01
Validity Recommended refresher every: 3 years

This qualification is aimed at those over 14 Due to the language of the assessment, it is recommended that learners have sufficient command of the English language in order to understand the assessment and to undertake the recommended assessment methods. There are no other pre-requisites for this qualification.

Blended learning is acceptable for this qualification. Blended learning options will include suitable controls to ensure learners undertake all elements. All assessments must be undertaken in a moderated environment with the learner and moderator present.


Learners are assessed for this qualification using the following method: • Multiple-choice question paper Multiple-Choice Question paper Each learner will be assessed for this qualification by the completion of a 30 question multiple-choice paper. Learners will be required to score a minimum of 20 correct answers to achieve a pass.

All learners are required to complete the assessment criteria in a manner appropriate to the purpose of the qualification. The prescribed assessment methods for this qualification should not unfairly disadvantage learners, who would otherwise be able to demonstrate competence in the assessment criteria and in line with the purpose of the qualification. If you feel the assessment methods above would disadvantage you please contact your centre to discuss reasonable adjustment.

Learners cannot be given their result on the day of assessment. The awarding organisation for this qualification is Qualification Network and they will issue certificates for successful learners within 7 days from submission.
All certificates will be sent to the person or organisation booking the course. Additional certificates can be obtained for an additional fee.

  • Actions to take on discovering a fire,

  • Steps to take on hearing the fire alarm, and

  • Key things to remember about fire safety.

QNUK Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Retail (RQF)

  • Inhouse courses for up to 12 learners are held at your place of work or local training facility. Alternatively we provide this course regularly in our Southampton, London, Birmingham & Manchester Training Centres via our Open Courses. For more information on Open Courses please contact us.