At Oxford Home Study Centre, our flexible online courses provide learners with the freedom to study from any location at a time and pace to suit their schedule. This Level 5 Diploma comprises 12 in-depth modules, each concluding with an online assessment for submission to your assigned tutor:
Module 1 - Introduction to Food Safety
The course begins with a broad overview of the risks associated with substandard food safety, along with the potential consequences of poor food safety standards and the essential elements of a safe food supply chain. A brief look at the history of food safety and differences in food safety regulations internationally is also provided.
Module 2 - What is Food Hygiene
Module Two continues with an outline of the six main steps involved in breaking the chain of food poisoning, along with the most important elements of food hygiene and the importance of good personal hygiene. The potential for the food handler to pose a risk of harmful bacterial contamination when handling food is also discussed.
Module 3 - The 4Cs of Food Hygiene
A detailed description of the ‘4Cs’ food hygiene methodology follows in the third module, emphasising the importance of effective cleaning, cooking, chilling and cross-contamination prevention in the workplace. Candidates are familiarised with a series of essential cooking times and temperatures to ensure cooked food is safe for consumption.
Module 4 – Microbiology
The basics of microbiology are discussed in Module Four, which presents candidates with an overview of the different types of microorganisms. Proactive steps that should be taken to prevent the growth of bacteria and pathogens are presented and discussed, along with the extent to which the consumption of spoiled food poses a health risk to the individual in question.
Module 5 - Food Poisoning
Candidates then learn how to differentiate between bacterial food poisoning and chemical food poisoning, while considering the various control measures that can be implemented to reduce the risk of food poisoning. The potential consequences of the most common types of food poisoning are also detailed and discussed, including their sources and recommended control measures.
Module 6 - Pest Control
The importance of proactive pest control is discussed in Module Six, in which candidates learn how to identify the signs of different types of pest infestations. Practical steps that can be taken to avoid pest infestation are presented and discussed, alongside the potential consequences of pest infestations in a food preparation/handling environment.
Module 7 - Food Allergy and Intolerance
Module Seven discusses food allergies and intolerances, including the products and ingredients that are most likely to trigger an allergic reaction. Allergen communication requirements for different types of food businesses are discussed, along with the appropriate way to handle and manage food and allergens effectively in a food preparation environment.
Module 8 - Food Handling & Food Storage
Chilling, cooking and holding foods at specific temperatures to ensure they are safe for consumption is examined in Module Eight, along with an overview of the storage requirements of the main classifications of foods. The special temperatures required to ensure potentially hazardous foods are safe to consume are also discussed.
Module 9 - Packaging and Labelling
Module Nine outlines a series of legal requirements for providing food information to consumers, discussing the specific product labeling requirements of different types of foods. An introduction to the communication of allergen information is also provided, along with how to present an appropriate nutritional declaration and preparation instructions where required.
Module 10 - Allergen Labelling for Food Manufacturers
A more detailed examination of allergen labeling requirements for food manufacturers follows in Module 10, in which candidates are familiarised with the main 14 allergens. Good practice guidelines for preventing cross-contamination are also provided, along with criteria that must be fulfilled for a product to be labelled ‘free from’ a specific Ingredient.
Module 11 - Food Hygiene Rating Scheme
Candidates are then introduced to the functions and objectives of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, which provides helpful information for customers looking make safe choices when buying and consuming food. The various criteria that must be met to achieve the specific rating are presented and discussed, along with issues that can result in a poor food hygiene rating.
Module 12 - Transporting Food Safely
The course concludes with an overview of the different transportation requirements of various types of foods. Cross-contamination prevention is brought into discussion once again, along with the importance of maintaining appropriate temperatures and choosing the right transportation method in accordance with the consignment.
This advanced Level 5 Food Safety and Hygiene Diploma is ideal for anyone looking to excel in any area of the food industry. Whether starting from scratch or looking to take an existing career a step further, we’re standing by to welcome you on board. Typical job titles in today’s dynamic food industry include restaurant manager, catering manager, hospitality manager, foodservice specialist, kitchen manager, bar manager, head chef, food packer, line cook and countless more besides. If looking for a flexible course to help you maximise your potential, this Level 5 Diploma comes highly recommended.
Who Should Take This Course?
Oxford Home Study Centre provides a comprehensive range of flexible distance learning opportunities for newcomers and experienced professionals. Our Level 5 Food Safety and Hygiene program is the ideal course for:
Newcomers to the food sector with no prior knowledge or experience.
Food sector workers looking to climb the career ladder
Business owners, managers, team leaders and supervisors at all levels
Anyone interested in starting their own food business
Workers within the food production and food handling supply chain
Anyone who works in a restaurant, bar, café or food service environment
Enrol online and enjoy the freedom to study at a time and pace to suit your lifestyle, with no fixed study schedules. Get started today, or contact the admissions team at Oxford Home Study Centre to learn more.