Level 4 Award in Food Safety

Qualification regulation and support

 The Highfield Level 4 Award in Food Safety Management for Manufacturing has been developed and is awarded by Highfield Qualifications and sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). The RQF is a qualification framework regulated by Ofqual.

Qualification overview and objective

The objective of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment in a food or drink manufacturing environment role, or to support a role in the workplace. The qualification is intended for those whose job requires them to have some responsibility for food safety. Learners are likely to have management responsibilities for an operational team. This qualification covers the subject of food hygiene at a suitable depth to ensure learners have a thorough knowledge of hazards and controls; its focus is on the importance of developing, implementing and monitoring food safety procedures. Its topics are regarded by the Foods Standards Agency as being important to maintaining good practice in the production of safe food


Topics covered include

  • Introduction to food safety
  • Contamination,
  • Microbiology (multiplication and survival hazards),
  • Food-borne illness,
  • Personal hygiene,
  • Training and education
  • Food Hazard and Control
  • Food spoilage and preservation
  • Design of equipment & premises
  • Cleaning & disinfections
  • Pest management
  • Management & HACCP
  • Role of the manager
  • Food safety legislation
  • Revision

Course Assessment

This qualification is assessed by a 2-part examination:

  • part one is a 30-question multiple-choice examination
  • part two is a written examination where learners choose 4 from 6 questions.

The total mark available in this section is 70 marks Successful learners must achieve a total of at least 60 marks out of 100 across the two parts of the exam. A Merit will be awarded at 70/100 and a Distinction will be awarded at 80/100. The duration of the examination is 2 ½ hours.


  • Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance United Kingdom (HABC)


Course Duration

05 Days