Level 1 Certificate in


With optional Food units

Get a flavour of life in the retail industry with this introductory qualification. This is an exciting and practical course for those who have an interest in retail, but don’t have any formal experience.

This course also offers a range of optional food units for people who want to work specifically in the food industry. You will develop practical skills and techniques in food safety and preparation whilst working in our cutting edge Food Processing Halls. You’ll also develop your teamwork skills.

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Team work in the food and retain industries
  • Food tasting
  • Promoting food products
  • Wrapping and packing goods
  • Wrapping and packing food products
  • Customer services
  • Food safety
  • Health and safety
  • Setting up retail displays
  • Preparation for interview
  • You will undertake a 2-3 week work placement
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • You do not need any formal entry requirements to enrol on this course

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Work on a deli counter
  • Food operator
  • Café worker
  • Catering support
  • Quality assurance technician
  • Hospitality
  • Working in supermarkets or anywhere in the retail industry
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2019 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college bus service collects over 1,400 students every day from far and wide. What’s more, getting to Reaseheath is FREE* on all college bus routes. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for up to 1,000 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

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