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Course Summary

The Level 4 Advanced Certificate in Food Safety has been accredited by the regulators of England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is part of both the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) –

Ofqual qualification reference: 500/7327/8.

The Level 4 Advanced Certificate in Food Safety is a qualification aimed at managers or personnel looking to broaden their knowledge in the Food Safety sector. The qualification is intended for learners already working in catering, or those who are preparing to work in the industry, and whose job requires them to have some responsibility for food safety. Learners are likely to have management responsibilities for an operational team.


It is advised that learners already hold the Level 3 Intermediate Certificate in Food Safety, or equivalent.

Validity of Award

This qualification does not expire.

Length of Course

40 guided learning hours.

Course Information

The qualification covers the following topics:

  • How food business operators can ensure compliance with food safety legislation
  • The operational requirements needed to ensure food safety
  • How to establish food safety management procedures
  • The controls required for food safety
  • How to maintain food safety management procedures

Each of the topics above are made up of smaller learning objectives that complete the course syllabus.

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.


This qualification is assessed through a 2-part examination consisting of a multiple-choice section and a short written answer section

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