Build your understanding of food hygiene to gain a professional competitive edge
The food and drink industry is the largest industrial sector in the UK with a gross value added of £190 billion. It’s also the largest employer in the UK, employing 4.7 million people.
On this microcredential, you’ll gain expertise in the field of food safety, hygiene, and management to help you stand out in this competitive sector.
You’ll discover the latest advances in the fast-changing UK and international food legislation and standards, and explore the career opportunities available to you in the field of food safety.
If you’re a food safety inspector or work in a food business and want to develop your legal knowledge around food safety, this microcredential will help you increase your understanding to progress your career.
Understand the common mechanisms of food control
The implementation and enforcement of food hygiene and food standards legislation are key components in food control.
You’ll discover how the delivery of food control is always carried out within a National Food Control System. Using various countries as models, you’ll examine the structure and purpose of these systems to understand how they are used as the framework for food safety and control.
Examine food laws including the Food Safety Act
Food safety enforcement varies between countries according to the relevant legal system but there are commonalities, such as inspection, sampling, licencing and registration.
You’ll look at the UK as an example to illustrate the delivery of food control. You’ll develop a good understanding of the English legal system and the sources of food law, as well as becoming familiar with crucial frameworks such as the Food Safety Act 1990.
With this knowledge, you’ll understand that on a global scale, the law impacts food and principles can be used and implemented to enable safe food.
Understand the roles of the Food Standards Agency and European Commission
Despite country variations, members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) base domestic legislation on international standards. You’ll examine these in the context of the EU and UK to understand how international standards can be implemented in domestic legislation.
You’ll learn how to access, read, and apply food safety legislation issued by the Food Standards Agency and the European Commission to help you identify the roles and impacts of these enforcement bodies.
Apply your understanding of food law
Once you become comfortable in your understanding of food law, you’ll be able to identify how to use it correctly in typical situations and determine a suitable course of action
Examining the range of options available to enforcement officers, you’ll look at case studies to learn how to take the appropriate action, give advice, and carry out enforcement in relation to food safety.
Understand the issues associated with environmental health
You’ll also consider the factors that can impact the delivery of food controls, such as enforcement policy, industry structure, and resources.
Engaging with food safety specialists, you’ll be supported as you discuss the legal, moral, and practical issues associated with food safety and food hygiene legislation.
By the end of this microcredential, you’ll be able to identify complex factors that affect legislation development as you increase your understanding of food control and law.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will this help me become an environmental health officer?
The University of Birmingham is the first (and currently only one of two) higher education institutions in the UK to offer high quality, targeted courses for food inspectors.
Many environmental health officers who are currently working in local authorities across the UK are alumni of our food safety courses. This course is an affordable and flexible way of offering the skills and knowledge you need to become an environmental health officer.
Is this suitable for experienced food inspector officers?
All enforcement officers working for the local authorities are required to complete a certain number of compulsory CPD hours each year. This microcredential counts towards that.
Does this include a digital certificate?
Upon successful completion of this microcrediential, you can build up 10 academic credits towards a postgraduate degree (PgCert, PgDip, MSc). This makes you eligible for advanced entry to the University of Birmingham’s MSc (Taught) Food Safety, Hygiene and Management Full-time.
You will also receive a digital certificate to recognise your work during this microcredential.
Will I need to take an exam to pass?
Throughout the microcredential, you’ll take informal quizzes to help cement your understanding and self-evaluate your progress against learning objectives.
You’ll then take a final summative assessment in the form of an online quiz and a written piece of work.
The minimum pass mark for each piece of summative work is 50%. All assignments will be marked and returned to learners within three working weeks of the submission date. The grade, along with detailed feedback, will be communicated to you by email. Certificates are sent to your correspondence addresses no later than three weeks after you have received the email confirmation of the successful completion of the course.
Is this microcredential right for you?
If you’re an existing environmental officer or looking to pursue a career in this field, this microcredential will help you build the skills and knowledge to confidently work in the sector.
This microcredential will be of particular use if you have a keen interest in working in local authorities as a food enforcement officer (FEO) or environmental health officer (EHO), or with enforcement bodies and trading standards.
It will also suit you if you are already working in the role and looking to take an accredited course as part of your compulsory CPD.
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