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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. 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.


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

Enjoyed it as did not have to go out in the evening or take part of my weekend away. Easy to understand and was able to concentrate on it.
JB 01/04/20114

I liked being able to read and hear the lessons at the same time, to stop and make notes, to review as and when needed, and to have the tests at the end of each module. This allowed me to know if I was failing to understand any of it.
NC 21/06/2014

I found the narration very useful instead of having to read everything, the animations were excellent, clear and well laid out.
SB 10/07/2014

I have gained a huge amount of very useful information. I found the interactive learning plan very helpful.
PC 19/08/2014

This course was recommended by several people. Initially, I needed help with technical difficulties accessing the screen and received extremely helpful advice quickly. Really pleased with course information, very informative and useful. Many thanks.
JF 02/09/2014

I liked the interactive nature of the program. Having questions every few slides in each of the section helped me to test myself and consolidate the knowledge I had learned as well as making the program more fun to complete.
CM 29/09/2014

I liked the fact that you could not skip on to the next section before you had processed each part of the text (this is a temptation!). I also liked the fact that it timed the sections so you could see how long you spent on each.I liked the way that you could return to the module as desired, and that there were constant assessments which helped you to practise recall of the learnt material.
FH 04/10/2014

Ease of use. I liked that I was able to complete the course over a number of days which fitted in better with my busy work place, and personal responsibilities.
SM 16/10/2014

The system is good and quite helpful to me, as I am a mother of two, a 4 and 1year old, I can always come back to my course after attending to them, all I need do is log in and start from where I stopped. the course is informative and interesting as well, I really liked the format, especially the question and answer section where the knowledge of what you have been taught is put into text. Thoroughly enjoyed it, thanks.
FA 18/10/2014

I liked how the course repeated important information in a variety of ways and the diagrams were interesting and entertaining. It covered a lot of in depth knowledge. Thank you for being thorough and simple.
DG 30/10/2014

Fun!!! not just reading through endless boring statistics and info. Good visual and audio aids, and little tests to help you remember throughout. Thoroughly enjoyed it and will recommend :)
VK 02/11/2014

I liked this system because I was able to work at my own pace. Excellent giving questions throughout course enabled me to reflect on knowledge gained. I really enjoyed this new way of learning.
WD 04/11/2014

The system is easy to assess and it saves work that is done. I was able to continue from where I stopped and not have to begin all over again, especially with the test. After my laptop battery died and wouldn't charge I was able to switch to a PC, login and continue with test without any problem.
ZH 08/11/2014

Very clearly presented, with plenty of variety and interactive activities. Everything was clearly explained and simple to understand
HJ 03/12/2014

Easy to follow. Information was provided in a variety of ways which made the course interesting and enjoyable. Great that you can work at your own pace
SB 06/02/2015

Packed full of valuable information and was very much into detail with what I needed to know
JB 25/02/2015


£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.
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