Highfield announces Top Student Award 2021

Highfield is truly proud of all the training providers, educators and learners who have worked alongside us to keep learning and qualifying over the past year. To celebrate, we’ve brought back our Top Student Award for 2021!

This year, we’re recognising the students that achieved top marks in three of our most popular qualifications, the Highfield Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety in Catering, the Highfield Level 4 Award in Food Safety Management for Manufacturing and the Highfield Level 4 Award in HACCP for Management.

The top student by marks achieved in each qualification will receive a cheque for £250 and an awards certificate to recognise their remarkable achievement.

And because we appreciate the invaluable role that training providers play in developing top-class students and future food sector professionals, the training providers of the winning students will also be presented with a plaque recognising their achievement.

The winners of Highfield’s Top Student Award 2021 will be announced during our ‘Training solutions for a changing world’ webinar on the final day of our Maintaining Consumer Trust in Food Safety conference taking place virtually from Tuesday 8 June – Thursday 10 June.

View the full conference agenda here.

Supporting access to knowledge and giving back to the food safety community are always high on Highfield’s agenda. This is why we’re making all our 2021 conference webinars FREE to attend for Highfield registered trainers and centres! It’s our way of thanking you for your support during difficult times.

Attendees will receive a CPD certificate worth 2 CPD points for every conference webinar they attend. That’s 16 CPD points up for grabs!

Plus, every conference attendee will receive a FREE place on Highfield’s ‘Training solutions for a changing world’ webinar on Thursday 10 June. 

To find out more about our speakers and supporters or book onto a webinar now go to highfieldconference.com or email us at events@highfield.co.uk


How to Apply for a Teacher Assessed Grade with Highfield in 2021

Further to previous communications we have sent to our centres, we have published additional guidance on Teacher Assessed Grades (TAG) for centres delivering Highfield qualifications.

For all Highfield qualifications, you should first try to carry out all exams and assessments in the usual manner, where it is safe to do so in line with Public Health England’s advice and guidance. Where this is not possible centres should follow our detailed guidelines on adaptations for qualifications.

In line with the Vocational Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF), centres can apply for a Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) where learners have undergone teaching and learning during the period 1 August 2020 to 31 August 2021 but have been unable to access an assessment.

A full list of Highfield qualifications where a TAG is applicable can be accessed here.

We have created a comprehensive webpage where you will find all the guidance you need in one place, complete with documents and downloads that explain the process and the steps you need to take in a thorough but easy-to-follow style.

The guidance on the webpage covers the following areas:

An explainer on who is and isn’t eligible, and the circumstances that will allow TAG to take place. This includes a handy flow chart that explains further whether or not your learners are eligible.

Our TAG process
How you can apply for TAG for each learner who meets the criteria, along with a link to the TAG Request Form and comprehensive details on how to complete and submit it correctly.

Head of Centre sign off
Complete guidance on the requirements for Head of Centre sign off, including consideration of previous achievement and the use of a deputy if the head of centre is not available, as well as an understanding of when TAG applies.

Completing the TAG Request Form
A detailed outline of the requirements for a TAG application and the evidence that must be included to support a TAG application.

Functional Skills
Additional requirements and guidelines specific to Functional Skills qualifications.

Further support
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this process or any of the TAG requirements, please contact your account manager, who will be happy to support and guide you further.

20 brand-new qualifications launched!

Our Qualification Development team have been very busy over the past couple of months, launching 20 brand-new qualifications in subjects like Mental Health and Wellbeing, Health and Social Care, Personal Development for Employability and IT User Skills, just to mention a few.

More information including the qualification specifications outlining all learning outcomes, assessment criteria and centre requirements can be found by following the links below.

Highfield Level 1 Award in an Introduction to Mental Health and Wellbeing (RQF) https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/qualifications/mental-health-and-wellbeing/L1MentalHealthandWellbeing
Highfield Level 1 Award in Health and Wellbeing (RQF)
Highfield Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health (RQF)

Highfield Level 1 Award in Introduction to Health and Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings (RQF)
Highfield Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to Health and Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings (RQF)
Highfield Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Health and Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings (RQF)

Highfield Entry Level Award in Personal Development for Employability (Entry 3) (RQF)
Highfield Entry Level Certificate in Personal Development for Employability (Entry 3) (RQF)
Highfield Entry Level Extended Certificate in Personal Development for Employability (Entry 3) (RQF)

Highfield Level 1 Award in IT User Skills (RQF) https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/qualifications/digital-skills/level-1-award-it-user
Highfield Level 1 Certificate in IT User Skills (RQF) https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/qualifications/digital-skills/level-1-cert-it-user
Highfield Level 1 Diploma in IT User Skills (RQF) https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/qualifications/digital-skills/level-1-dip-it-user
Highfield Level 2 Award in IT User Skills (RQF) https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/qualifications/digital-skills/level-2-award-it-user
Highfield Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills (RQF) https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/qualifications/digital-skills/level-2-cert-it-user
Highfield Level 2 Diploma in IT User Skills (RQF) https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/qualifications/digital-skills/level-2-dip-it-user

Highfield Level 1 Award in Computerised Payroll (RQF)
Highfield Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Payroll (RQF)

Highfield Level 1 Award in Health and Safety Awareness (RQF) https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/qualifications/health-and-safety/level-1-award-health-and-safety-awareness

Highfield Level 1 Certificate in Construction Activities (RQF) https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/qualifications/construction/level-1-cert-construction-activities

Highfield Level 1 Certificate in an Introduction to Warehousing (RQF) https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/qualifications/logistics/level-1-intro-to-warehousing

All these qualifications are fully available for delivery now. Interested? Contact your account manager on 01302 363277 for more information or to start the approval process.

New Qualifications for Personal Development in Employability

Highfield has been consulting with centres over the last few months to see how we could further strengthen our offer of employability.

As a result, we have released 3 new qualifications at Entry Level. We’ve also added a new unit to all of our employability qualifications. This new unit is all about ‘Keeping yourself and others safe from COVID-19’.

What’s new?
We have added 3 new personal development for employability qualifications at entry level 3 to help learners develop their knowledge and skills in order to get into work or enhance their existing abilities.

  • Highfield Entry Level Award in Personal Development for Employability (Entry 3) (RQF) – 37 GLH
  • Highfield Entry Level Certificate in Personal Development for Employability (Entry 3) (RQF) – 105 GLH
  • Highfield Entry Level Extended Certificate in Personal Development for Employability (Entry 3) (RQF) – 200 GLH

In addition to these qualifications, we have also released a new unit on COVID-19 which has been included in these new qualifications and is also added to our existing employability qualifications.

The new qualifications will be assessed mainly by a portfolio of evidence, but some units are assessed by multiple-choice examination or practical demonstration.

You will be able to purchase the required learner registrations and examination papers both online and over the phone with our customer service team.

What this means for you
Your centre can start using these qualifications as soon as you are approved to deliver them by your account manager. While there is no formal requirement for assessors to hold a qualification to enable them to deliver these, there is a recommendation for a suitable level of occupational competence.

You can familiarise yourself with the new qualification specifications that are available on our website:

Award – https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/apprenticeships/personal-development-for-employability/entry-level-3-award-pde

Certificate – https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/apprenticeships/personal-development-for-employability/entry-level-3-certificate-pde

Extended Certificate – https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/apprenticeships/personal-development-for-employability/entry-level-3-extended-certificate-pde

If you have any questions, please email your account manager directly or call us on 01302 363277.

Highfield launches Award in Fundamental British Values

We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand-new qualification, the Highfield Entry Level Award in Fundamental British Values (Entry 3) (RQF).

This qualification is fully available for delivery and assessment now and aims to provide learners with knowledge of British values: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.

It also covers the aims of Prevent, concepts of extremism, radicalisation and terrorism and the impact of extremism on both local communities and the nation. Learners will learn how to identify the warning signs of radicalisation and how to keep themselves safe.

How long is the course?
The qualification has a total qualification time of 17 hours, of which 15 are recommended as guided learning hours, and so courses should follow this duration for the typical learner.

How is the qualification assessed?
It is assessed by an internally set and assessed portfolio of evidence. Highfield has provided centres with assessment documentation they can use, which is available to download from the Members’ Area. You will need to have IQA processes in place, and you will be supported by our EQS team through engagements.

How can I start to deliver?
You can start delivering this qualification now! Please contact your account manager and they can start the approval process for you.

Before delivering your courses, please make sure you are familiar with the qualification specification, which outlines all learning outcomes, assessment criteria and centre requirements.

What supporting resources are available?
We’ve created an Understanding Fundamental British Values and the Principles of Prevent Knowledge-kit to support you with the delivery of this qualification.

This Knowledge-kit enhances the learning experience of those completing the Entry Level 3 Award. It includes both a textbook and workbook for the following unit of the Highfield Entry Level 3 Award in Fundamental British Values.

The Knowledge-kit is also available as an e-kit (please note that e-kits are subject to VAT).

Contact your account manager today for more information about learner fees, kit prices and special offers!

Interested in becoming a centre with Highfield? Contact us on 01302 363277 or email info@highfield.co.uk

Updates to the Level 1 Award in Substance Misuse Awareness (RQF)

Updates to the Level 1 Award in Substance Misuse Awareness (RQF)

In March 2019, we changed the way we assess the Level 1 Award in Substance Misuse Awareness (RQF) to multiple-choice examination. This means the examination papers now need to be sent back to Highfield Qualifications for marking by our administration department.

The change came after we consulted with centres to see how we could further strengthen our approach to assessment.

Centres are able to purchase the required learner registrations and examination papers both online and over the phone with our customer service team.  Old candidate assessment packs are no longer accepted for courses that ran after 18 March 2019.

There is no longer a requirement for centres to appoint an assessor for this qualification. Likewise, notifications of completion (NOCs) are no longer required when sending the examination papers back to us.

The Future of Food Safety – Converting Certification to Competence

Highfield Food Safety CPD Event

The Future of Food Safety

As we welcome in the new year, like many of you, we’re also looking to and planning for the future. In 2019 we’re as committed as we’ve ever been to raising food safety standards through qualifications and supporting training. On Tuesday 19 February, Highfield Chairman Richard Sprenger will deliver two CPD sessions on what the future of food safety might look like.

These half-day CPD sessions will provide food safety trainers, training managers from corporate organisations, and enforcement officers with the chance to discuss our proposals for the future of food safety and HACCP training, share in Richard Sprenger’s knowledge and participate in our vision for improving food safety based on our global experience.

We’ve written the most popular books on food safety and, over the last 35 years, evolved into the UK’s leading provider of regulated food safety qualifications, training materials and e-learning.

Fifty years of promoting food safety in roles as diverse as enforcement officer, government adviser, director and chairman of an awarding organisation have given Richard an insight into food safety that is unrivalled. His passion has seen him travel the world working with trainers, large companies and government bodies to implement improvements to food safety standards.

It is this experience that ensures that not only are Highfield’s solutions to food-safety issues based on good science, but that they are pragmatic and practical for the real-world situations that occur in business.

Since 2010 Highfield, under the leadership of Richard, has been heavily involved in the implementation of the Dubai government’s mandated Person in Charge (PIC) Programme, a programme that has seen measurable and meaningful success in improving standards of food safety.  

This success has given Highfield the blueprint for a new way of implementing food safety and hygiene improvements. A way that sees the certificate reflect competency, rather than just a box-ticking exercise in the latest third-party audit or inspection.

At this event Highfield will unveil what we believe will be a significant step forward in converting ‘the certificate on the wall’ to genuine competence in the workplace, and provide food businesses with the means to accept the responsibility for food safety and HACCP within their business.

This is the ideal CPD event for anyone with responsibility for training or implementing food safety improvements.

Delegates can choose from two sessions, with one session in the morning and a second session taking place in the afternoon. The timings and the agenda can be seen below.


Morning session –

8.30 – 9.00am: Registration and refreshments
9.00-10.00am: Improving food safety
10.00-10.30am: HACCP in catering
10.30-10.45am: Break and refreshments
10.45am – 11.45am: The future of food safety: certified programmes and HACCP for catering v CODEX

Afternoon session –

12.45-1.15pm: Registration and refreshments
1.15-2.15pm: Improving food safety
2.15-2.45pm: HACCP in catering
2.45-3.00pm: Break and refreshments
3.00-4.00pm: The future of food safety: certified programmes and HACCP for catering v CODEX

Attendance at this event will award participants with 3 CPD hours.

Places cost £35+VAT for Highfield centres and £55+VAT for non-centres.

To book your place, click here or call 0845 226 0350/01302 363277.

Highfield reaccredited for ISO

We always aim to be the best at what we do, so we’re over the moon to be reaccredited for ISO.

After lots of hard work by our team, we’ve been recognised for ISO 9001: 2015, based on the ‘creation, development, implementation and management of all qualifications, end-point assessments and associated assessment materials’.

While it’s not the first time we’ve achieved ISO recognition, it’s the first time we’ve been recognised for end-point assessment and associated assessment materials, which we believe puts us right at the top when it comes to supporting training providers, employers and learners on apprenticeships.

ISO 9001 is a globally recognised quality mark that is part of a wider series of quality standards (ISO 9000). Developed and published by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), the standard sets out what organisations must do to implement superior quality management systems, and recognises those already doing this.

We first received our 9001:2008 certificate back in 2014, and this reaccreditation shows that we still put standards first. Highfield’s ISO recognition has been awarded by the accreditation service provider Chamber Certification Assessment Services (CCAS).

Bernard Zakary, Highfield’s Director of Qualification Development, said, ‘It’s another fantastic achievement by our team and highlights the work we put in each day to ensure the highest quality and standards when it comes to qualifications and apprenticeships. It’s also recognition of the level of service we provide each and every customer with, and demonstrates our commitment to being the best’.