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Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering (including City and Guilds Accredited Certificate)

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Overview - Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering (including City and Guilds Accredited Certificate)

We have introduced a self-print certificate for this course, allowing us to offer it at a reduced cost to you. The course material and learning outcomes are exactly the same, and it is still an accredited City & Guilds certificate.

If you would prefer a premium foil stamped certificate posted to you this is still available for an additional charge.

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EU Regulation 852/2004 Hygiene for Foodstuffs requires Food Businesses to make sure that any staff who handles food are supervised, instructed and trained in Food Hygiene in a way that is appropriate to the work they do.

This module is a self-study course (formerly known as Foundation or Basic Food Hygiene) and maps to the Industry Standards set by People 1st, the Sector Skills Council for the Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism industries. This course is aimed at anyone working in catering or hospitality whether employed or self employed, working in restaurants, hotels, fast food outlets, takeaways, cafes, bars, kitchens, catering in hospitals, schools and colleges. It allows every catering business, regardless of size, to provide all staff with first class training at a fraction of the cost and disruption of classroom based training.

This course is accredited by City & Guilds

  • Virtual College are a City and Guilds Accredited centre.
  • City and Guilds have accredited our L2 Food Safety and Hygiene certificates
  • Our price includes a City and Guilds Accredited Certificate.
  • City and Guilds approved quality assurance of our online delivery processes and learner support systems.
  • Quality City & Guilds Accredited Certificate carrying authorisation seal.

Upon completion of this online training material learners will sit an online test and on successful completion, will receive a City & Guilds Accredited Level 2 Certificate in Food Safety and Hygiene meeting the legal training required, which must then be applied to work situations.

The training and test usually take between 2 to 3 hours to complete (depending on learning speed), which is equivalent to 6 hours face-to-face group training. Learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark , and, if necessary, may re-sit the test at no extra cost, having revisited the training material. If you have chosen to have a certificate posted, these are posted 1st class the same day if completed before 12 noon.

Produced by Virtual College in association with Food Safety experts "Food Dialog" a registered Training Centre with the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) we have made every effort to make the training friendly, understandable and as down to earth as possible.

On completion of this course learners should understand:

  • Why food hygiene and safety is important
  • Their personal and legal responsibilities
  • The impact of food borne illness
  • How food becomes contaminated
  • How to prevent contamination through good hygiene practices
  • How to control contamination through safe temperatures and storage
  • How to control food safety hazards at critical control points using a HACCP based Food Safety Management System

Lesson Plan

Upon completion of this module learners will have an understanding of a wide range of key food safety issues, including the three main types of food safety hazard, their sources and methods of control. Learners will know the correct temperatures needed for storage and food handling activities from delivery through to sale, and be aware of common food pests and how to control them, along with the principles of cleaning and disinfection and how these apply to the workplace.

The sections covered include:
  • Learning Objectives and an introduction to Food Safety and Hygiene – Food Safety and Hygiene are terms commonly used, here we will look at how they relate to food that has been prepared and served.
  • Impact of Food-Borne Illness – looking at what food-bourne illnesses are and how they affect us.
  • Understanding Food Law – food often has a long journey from growing, harvesting, delivery, preparation through to being eaten. As a result there are many opportunities for it to become contaminated. In this section we look at legislation in place that relates to food hygiene and safety.
  • Food Safety Hazards and Contamination – exploring food safety hazards and how they arise and consider how they can be prevented and controlled.
  • Food Preservation, Storage and Temperature Control - how to preserve food, including appropriate storage and temperature controls.
  • Personal Hygiene – this section looks at why personal hygiene is so important when working with food – from hand washing to legal requirements.
  • Hygienic Premises and Equipment – this section looks at good housekeeping and the part premises and equipment design play in maintaining clean, pest-free conditions.
  • Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) - it is a requirement of regulations that all businesses implement and maintain a documented Food Safety Management system based on HACCP. This section looks at what this involves.
Anyone handling food and drink within the catering sector must be trained in Food Safety and Hygiene and apply it to their work. This module is aimed at anyone working in a catering or hospitality environment, whether employed or self employed, who handles food and drink as part of their everyday or occasional working routines. Typically this would include people working in hotels, cafes, bars, restaurants, kitchens, fast food outlets, catering in hospitals, schools and colleges.


The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines

This course is Accredited by City & Guilds.

Note, this course is an accredited training programme, should you require a full qualification you will be required to undertake an additional assessment by visiting an accredited test centre at an additional cost.


When you have successfully completed your course and attained the 75% required test pass, you will receive a City & Guilds Accredited Certificate. Our Certificates are of extremely high quality and carry an authorisation seal. The certificate should be displayed to show appropriate training has taken place.


Approximately 2-3 hours to complete. As an e-learning module you can complete this training in convenient stages and revisit whenever you wish. The system will record your progress throughout.

Target Audience

This food safety and hygiene module is aimed at anyone working in a role that involves contact with food, or the management of such people; regulations require that anyone involved in food handling must be appropriately trained in food safety. The module can be used either as Induction, Awareness, Refresher and Foundation Training.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


It was very well designed. It was comprehensive without being boring. It was very well-paced. I never felt like I was overloaded with information, but I learned a lot.
AB 10/10/2013

Fantastic, reliable service which has provided clear and concise modules to help learn about Food Safety and Hygiene. Highly recommended!
DR 20/11/2013

I found the system was extremely easy to use considering I am not very good with computers.The course was very informative and a great help. Thank you.
LP 24/11/2013

I feel it was spread out nicely and didn't just chuck loads of information at you fast, challenges in between and quiz at end were nice touches too, to make sure the information you got and remembered it.
JW 28/11/2013

I liked the fun vibe to the whole module. The pictures and animations helped make a potentially boring subject an enjoyable learning experience. Also, the variety in the slides accounted for different learning styles which helped keep me interested.
TP 03/12/2013

I thought it was excellent. Very user-friendly, simple and easy to understand. The course material was presented in a way that made it easy and quick to learn.
SL 05/12/2013

Found the module very interesting and was good for me to refresh as its been 15 years since I last did a food hygiene course. Also every easy to use and I liked the fact that if you don't have to do it all in one go you can come back to it.
CN 10/12/2013

I like the easily accessable and understandable content of this course. I also like to be able to study and complete the coursework and examination at my own pace and convenience.
EP 17/12/2013

This was a very inclusive and comprehensive training and testing. Well thought out and executed. The most helpful part was not being able to proceed without the correct part being completed. Useful and easy to navigate and complete.
DM 19/12/2013

Very simple to use, and easy to identify where I should be taking notes because of the clear layout of each part of the course.
ES 31/12/2013


£25.00 + VAT (£30.00 inc. VAT)

This price includes a posted a high quality certificate that carries a foil authorisation seal. Certificates will be posted on same day as a successful test pass if completed before 12 noon Monday to Friday, or next working day.

£15.00 + VAT (£18.00 inc VAT) - This price includes a self-printed certificate.

This cost is for a single user and includes the Food Hygiene certificate on successful test pass. Discounts are available for multiple users (10 or more) for more information please contact, or telephone us on 01943-885089.
Available for purchases of 10 or more courses. They are automatically calculated when you add courses to your cart.
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same day*(If successfully completed before 12:00 noon Monday-Friday. Weekend completers will have their certificates posted on Monday).
On average this course contributes

2-3 hours to complete towards your CPD

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