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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Prepare and cook starch 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
7810  Prepare and cook starch 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Hospitality,Tourism,Travel, Leisure and Gaming 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Hospitality, Tourism, Travel, Gaming and Leisure 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The learner will be able to prepare and cook a selection of starches to menu specifications, maintaining consistently high standards of quality while reducing costs by keeping wastage to a minimum. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
The learner should have a basic knowledge of food preparation and cooking. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Range statements are included with specific outcomes as necessary. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Clean and maintain preparation and cooking areas and equipment when preparing and cooking starch dishes. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
1. Describe the main contamination threats when preparing and cooking starch dishes.

2. Explain the importance of the relationship between time and temperature when cooking starch dishes.

3. Explain the importance of keeping preparation and cooking areas and equipment hygienically clean and the impact on the organisation of not doing so.

4. State organisational requirements when preparing and cooking starch. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The main contamination threats when preparing and cooking starch dishes are described. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
  • This unit standard should be assessed in the workplace.
  • It is recommended that this unit standard be assessed in conjunction with other unit standards. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of keeping preparation and cooking areas and equipment hygienically clean and the impact on the organisation if not doing so is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Preparation and cooking areas as well as equipment are hygienically prior to and after use according to OHS Act specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare, cook and finish basic starch dishes applying the correct methods in accordance with organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of the relationship between time and temperature when cooking starch dishes is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The correct type, quality and quantity starch type is selected in accordance with recipe specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The range of starch types is: Potatoes, samp, mealie rice, corn meal, sweet potatoes, couscous, polenta.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Starch dishes are cooked by using the appropriate cooking method in accordance with recipe and organisational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The range of cooking methods is: Boiling, steaming, roasting, grilling, stewing, and baking.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Starch dishes are finished and presented according to organisation and customer requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Work in an organised and efficient manner as well as respond to unexpected situations by adapting performance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Problems associated with the production of preparing and cooking starch are listed and reasons for decisions to solve this are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of problems with production: Injury, equipment failure, insufficient or damaged stock, burnt starch, potatoes are glassy, too much water added to starch, starch over or under cooked.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Work is completed in an organised and efficient manner taking priorities and deadlines into account. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Preparing, cooking and presenting Starch for a range of situations are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The range of situations is: A la Carte restaurant, a soft diet for a hospital patient, a buffet, a salad bar, take-away, carvery.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The selection and preparation of a starch dish for a function of 2 000 people are described in relation to that of a function for 20 people. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.

    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be registered with the FE/HE Registrar.

    3. Any institution wishing to receive skill development grants must be accredited with the relevant ETQA. Such an institution will also be registered with the relevant SETA.

    4. Moderation of assessment will be done by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge and Critical cross-field outcomes have been included within the specific outcomes category.

    This has been done as it was deemed necessary to ensure holistic assessment occurred. The specific outcomes can be applied in a range of contexts.

    Many of the outcomes have been written in such a way that competence must be demonstrated in the context as opposed to in isolation from a context.

    The specific outcomes are comparable to outcomes used internationally.
    We therefore structured outcomes using the format noun + verb + condition (modifying phrase)
    Specific outcomes have been split into three categories:
    a) knowledge and understanding (what the learner must know and understand)
    b) decision-making and acting (what the learner must do)
    c) adapting performance ( including reflexive competence)
    In many instances there are more than six specific outcomes, as the inclusion of critical cross-field outcomes and embedded knowledge has increased the number of specific outcomes.

    If competencies are to be clustered in a meaningful way, then these unit standards cannot be split. 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself (Specific Outcome 5,6,7,8,9,10,11) 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Essential embedded knowledge is dealt with under the specific outcomes section where "demonstrated KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING" is required.

    Recommendations and Exemplars for the design of:

    Learning/Curriculum
  • Learning would best be achieved by practicing the preparation and cooking of various starch dishes.
  • Practice cooking of different starches in the range.
  • Prepare and bake polenta with parmesan cheese and serve with fresh tomato sauce.
  • Prepare a couscous salad.
  • Prepare and cook ginger glazed sweet potatoes.
  • Prepare and cook creamed potatoes.
  • Prepare and bake mealie meal souffle as an accompaniment with a braai.
  • Name 10 different potato dishes.
  • Name the starch dishes you would serve with the following:
    a) Roast chicken
    b) Oxtail
    c) Stuffed chicken breast
    d) Beef Olives
    e) Vienna Schnitzel
    f) Pork fillet
    g) Lamb cutlets
    h) Ostrich fillet

    Performance systems
  • Ongoing measurement of the learner's ability to meet this standard is recommended. The candidate's competence on this standard should be checked prior to employment.
  • A new employee should be able to achieve this standard within 2 months of being trained.
  • Outcomes in this unit can be used as indicators of performance slipping. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  23853   GETC: Domestic Services  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 
    Elective  14111   National Certificate: Professional Cookery  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Elective  61596   National Diploma: Food and Beverage Management  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  14112   National Diploma: Professional Cookery  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-03-13  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Biz-Ed Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    2. FOOD HOSPITALITY & TOURISM ACADEMY (PTY) 
    3. GP Skills Acadamy (Pty) Ltd 
    4. Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Technology CC 
    5. Khanimy Trading Enterprises CC 
    6. Legacy Training Institute 
    7. Mortarboard Training Solutions 
    8. Ngwana Monamedi Trading Enterprise 
    9. Nomsa and Zandi Enterprises and Projects Pty Ltd 
    10. SEGO SA Thuto 
    11. Tellumat Pty Ltd 
    12. Tesoriro Trading 
    13. Tonia`s Trading Enterprises 
    14. VPK BUSINESS VENTURE C C 



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