Foundation Level 1

Food Industry Skills

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

You will develop practical skills and techniques in food preparation and cooking whilst working in our cutting edge Food Processing Halls. You’ll also develop your teamwork skills.

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Visits to food companies
  • Developing a new food product
  • Basic nutrition
  • Food tasting
  • Food packaging design
  • Customer services
  • Food safety
  • Health and safety
  • Work experience
  • Personal development classes
  • Preparation for interview
  • Job applications and course applications
  • 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

  • Food technician
  • Food operator
  • Hygiene technician
  • Quality support operator
  • Catering support
  • Quality assurance technician
  • Hospitality
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2018 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 buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 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.

Student Profile
Adam Timmis

Ambition: Butcher

School: Walton Hall School, Eccleshall

Age: 17

Adam’s already had a taste of success when it comes to home produced food – he was one of a student team whose burgers won awards in a national competition.

As well as producing prize winning burgers, Adam has made a range of products in our Food Halls and was particularly proud of a Victoria sponge which he took home to share with his family.

Planning to be a butcher, he’s also enjoyed practical sessions in our butchery department learning about meat preparation and shop window display.
Adam, who has now moved onto our Level 2 Diploma in Professional Butchery, chose Reaseheath after being impressed with our unique, industry backed, food training centre. A dyslexia sufferer, he also feels much more confident with his written work now.

He says: “One of the best things about the Level 1 course is that there are lots of hands-on sessions and you have fun making different dishes. The work’s never repetitive and you learn different skills each week – it’s really interesting.

“I’ve also been well supported with my core subjects like English, maths and customer service.”