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

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

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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 Level 2 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 attempt the test 3 times at no extra cost, having revisited the training material. If learners have not achieved the 75% pass mark, further attempts may be given by contacting Learner Support. For posted certificates, if completed successfully Monday-Friday before 12:00 midnight, certificate will be posted the next day. Weekend completers will have their certificates posted on Monday.

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.


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
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
Packed full of valuable information and was very much into detail with what I needed to know
JB 25/02/2015
I like the fact you can take your time to go through it and can leave and go back to it as it helps to take in the information and not overload yourself with information.
VH 16/03/2015
I liked how I could hear as well as see the contents of each module because of the audio. When going through each page I could listen to what was also written down.
SB 20/03/2015
Interactive, smaller tests at end of each chapter to build up to final test - helps to retain information and check understanding.
CM 17/04/2015
I liked the fact you could not move on to the next question until you had read the whole passage in the module as although sometimes you might think it a bit boring to do, not skipping questions meant you were well prepared for the final test.
WT 03/05/2015


£25.00 + VAT (£30.00 inc. VAT)

This price includes a posted a high quality certificate that carries a foil authorisation seal. If completed successfully Monday-Friday before 12:00 midnight, certificate will be posted next day. Weekend completers will have their certificates posted on Monday.

£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 food@virtual-college.co.uk, 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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If completed successfully Monday-Friday before 12:00 midnight, certificate will be posted next day. Weekend completers will have their certificates posted on Monday.
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