NEW: Level 2 Certificate for Kitchen Assistants now available

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve launched a brand-new qualification for the hospitality and catering sector that will give your learners and colleagues a great start to their career.

The Highfield Level 2 Certificate for Kitchen Assistants (RQF) has been developed to support a role in the workplace and is ideal for learners employed as kitchen assistants, or who are wishing to develop their skills in the industry.

The topics the qualification covers include:

  • The principles of food safety and health and safety
  • An introduction to the hospitality industry
  • Kitchen equipment and knife skills
  • Workplace standards and professional development
  • Cold food preparation and presentation

The total qualification time (TQT) for the qualification is 147 hours, of which 96 are recommended as guided learning hours.

The qualification is assessed in two ways, with Units 1 and 2 (Principles of Food Safety for Catering and Health and Safety within the workplace) assessed through multiple-choice examination, externally set and marked by Highfield Qualifications.

Units 3-6 are assessed by an internally set and assessed portfolio of evidence.

Further information is available here.

Pricing is £45 per registration or £39.75 per registration on purchases of 100 or more.

If you’re interested in delivering this qualification, please contact your account manager who will be happy to help.

Further updates to our hospitality qualifications


Following the release of the updated Highfield Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Catering (RQF) (603/4937/2) in the middle of last year, we’ve updated some of our hospitality qualifications to include the latest version of the food safety unit.

The new qualifications were launched on 1 December 2019, and are:

  • Highfield Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Food and Beverage Service) (RQF) (603/5221/8)
  • Highfield Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Food Service) (RQF) (603/5222/X)
  • Highfield Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Food Production and Cooking) (RQF) (603/5224/3)

As a result of the new qualifications being launched, the following qualifications were withdrawn on 30 November 2019:

  • Highfield Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Food and Beverage Service) (RQF) (600/8002/4)
  • Highfield Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Food Service) (RQF) (600/7801/7) 
  • Highfield Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Food Production and Cooking) (RQF) (600/7802/9)

For learners registered before 30 November 2019, the last date for certification for these qualifications will be 30 November 2021.

If you have any questions about any of the above, please contact your account manager who will be more than happy to help or visit the members’ area of the Highfield Qualifications website, where you will be able to access a more detailed update.  


Autumn withdrawal for People 1st apprenticeship pathways

People 1stA number of apprenticeship pathways are to be withdrawn this autumn following a comprehensive review by People 1st.

The review was conducted over a three-week period by People 1st, the sector skills council responsible for sectors such as hospitality, leisure, passenger transport, travel, tourism and retail, and recommends that over 20 pathways (from within apprenticeship frameworks) be withdrawn.

As a result, a number of pathways will be withdrawn from 31 October 2017. 

A full list can be downloaded from the People 1st website.

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More ‘Introducing Highfield’ events for CIEH centres

Highfield Qualifications is holding a final series of ‘Introducing…’ events for CIEH centres looking to make the switch.

From this April, the CIEH will no longer be offering regulated qualifications and will be withdrawing its status as an awarding organisation. As a result, Highfield has been holding briefings for those centres that want to continue delivering regulated qualifications and are exploring ways of doing this. 

Each breakfast briefing lasts two hours and will provide further information on the benefits of being an approved Highfield centre, our policies and values, as well as guidance on our registration process. 

Dates and locations are: 

  • Thursday 6 April 2017 – Cheadle 
  • Wednesday 12 April 2017 – Maidstone 
  • Thursday 13 April 2017 – Taunton 
  • Thursday 25 April 2017 – Belfast 

What you can expect on the day: 

  • details on how to switch from CIEH to Highfield, plus our support during that process and afterwards
  • overview of the qualifications we offer, and are planning to offer 
  • information on our FREE centre registration for CIEH customers 
  • guidance on moving qualifications over to the Register of Qualifications Framework (RQF)
  • examples of associated training materials from Highfield International 
  • the opportunity to network with training providers 

And of course, you’ll get the chance to meet the Highfield team and some of our subject matter experts face-to-face, ask questions and give us your views on what you want to see from a responsive awarding organisation in terms of service, qualifications and products. 

To book yourself and/or your colleagues on to this event, please visit here.

Alternatively, you can secure your place by calling us on 0845 226 0350/01302 363277 or by emailing . Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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We hope that you can join us for what is sure to be an extremely informative event.


Highfield Chairman at Dubai hospitality conference

Highfield Chairman Richard Sprenger was one of the main speakers at this year’s Vision Conference, held as part of The Hotel Show 2015 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

The conference, which took place from 17 to 19 September 2015 – and is now in its third year – offers the latest insights, trends and market intelligence across the hospitality sector.  Richard spoke to a packed audience of experts and industry leaders on the importance of improving food safety in hotels, and how it can impact on compliance and reputation.

Richard said, ‘The Vision Conference was a great opportunity to talk to the hospitality sector about the importance of food safety, and how it can impact on everything else you do.  Getting food safety wrong can completely ruin a customer’s experience of your business and risk you falling foul of the authorities.  What’s more, damage to reputation through an entirely preventable incident can be incredibly hard to put right’.

Last chance to have your say on apprenticeship changes

apprenticeship changesWith the new apprenticeship changes People1st is offering employers the chance to have a final say on the proposed apprenticeships standards.

The first set of apprenticeship standards in a number of sectors covered by People1st – which have been developed by employer trailblazers and include areas such as retail and hospitality and travel – will be submitted for ministerial approval on 19 June 2014.

However, consultations will remain open until 16 June 2014 so that you can contribute and make your views known.