January 2016 work-based learning and colleges update: Hospitality sector

Wed Jan 20 12:30:00 UTC 2016

This month's hospitality sector update includes information about qualification extensions and new government alcohol guidelines.

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Extensions

We have submitted the following SVQs for an extension from 31 January 2016 to 30 June 2017.

We should be able to confirm that this extension has been granted in next month’s newsletter.

Qualification name

QN

SVQ 2 in Beverage Service at SCQF Level 5

GC9D 22

SVQ 2 in Food and Beverage Service at SCQF Level 5

GC9E 22

SVQ 2 in Food Production and Cooking at SCQF Level 5

GD17 22

SVQ 2 in Food Service at SCQF Level 5

GC9F 22

SVQ 2 in Front of House Reception at SCQF Level 5

GC9G 22

SVQ 2 in Hospitality Services at SCQF Level 5

GC9H 22

SVQ 2 in Housekeeping at SCQF Level 5

GC9J 22

SVQ 2 in Kitchen Services at SCQF Level 5

GC9K 22

SVQ 2 in Professional Cookery at SCQF Level 5

GC9C 22

SVQ 3 in Hospitality Supervision and Leadership at SCQF Level 7

GC9M 23

SVQ 3 in Professional Cookery at SCQF Level 6

GC9N 23

New government alcohol guidelines

The government’s alcohol guidelines have recently changed to reflect new evidence about the link between alcohol and health risks, particularly cancer. The new guidance includes changes to the amount men and women can regularly drink, and advice for drinking in pregnancy. The guidelines came into effect on 8 January 2016.

What’s changed?

The alcohol limit for men has been lowered from 3 to 4 units per day (to a maximum of 21 units per week) to be the same as for women i.e. a maximum of 14 units per week.

The UK’s Chief Medical Officer’s new guidance is that:

  • both men and women are safest not to drink regularly more than 14 units per week
  • if you do drink as much as 14 units per week it is best to spread this evenly across the week, do not 'save up' your 14 units
  • a good way to cut down the amount you're drinking is to have several drink-free days each week
  • if you're pregnant you shouldn’t drink alcohol at all

How does this affect the Pearson BTEC Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders?

AC 6.5 of the qualification is 'State the UK Government’s sensible drinking advice.'

The unit amplification currently states:

"UK Chief Medical Officer's low drinking advice:

  • men - 3 to 4 units per day to a maximum of 21 units per week
  • women - 2 to 3 units per day to a maximum of 14 units per week."

The unit amplification will be updated to reflect the UK Chief Medical Officer’s guidance above. The multiple choice test papers will also be updated to reflect the new guidance.

The new guidelines will be tested in papers sat from 1 February 2016 onwards.

To avoid confusion we have discontinued all test papers that include questions on the current guidelines.

How does this affect the Pearson Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders at SCPLH Level 6 and the Pearson Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (Refresher) at SCQF Level 6?

Topic 3.4 of these qualifications is 'Low drinking limits'. The reference for this topic is definitions of low risk, hazardous and harmful drinking.

The new guidance falls within this topic area and course materials should be updated to reflect the new guidance. The Pearson set multiple choice test papers will be updated to reflect the new guidance.

The new guidelines will be tested in papers sat from 1 February 2016 onwards.

To avoid confusion, we have discontinued all test papers that include questions on the current guidelines.

For more information on the new guidelines, please visit drinkaware.co.uk

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