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Level 1 Food Safety and Hygiene

Level 1 Food Safety and Hygiene
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Overview - Level 1 Food Safety and Hygiene

Please Note: Level 1 is an introductory course which is not suitable for food handlers. In order to meet legal requirements it is necessary for food handlers to complete the Level 2 (previously known as Basic) Food Safety and Hygiene Course. Please click here here to view these courses.

This introductory (Level 1) food hygiene course will give you an understanding of the necessary steps to undertake whilst preparing food at home. Whilst not suitable for anyone working directly in a food environment the course may be used as an introduction to the subject for younger children and people with an interest in preparing food safely for a family. As an e-learning course, it is ideal for use in schools, in addition to a regular curriculum.

If you are involved (or are going to be involved) with food preparation in a catering, manufacturing or retail capacity, whether paid or voluntary, you will need to undertake Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene training. Please click here to view the Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering or on the related products tab above for more information about our Level 2 courses.

Successful completion of this module will enable you to understand:

  • How to keep yourself clean and hygienic
  • How to keep your work area clean
  • How food becomes contaminated and your role in reducing contamination

Lesson Plan

The course is divided into sections that cover the following subjects:

  • 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.
  • Why Food Safety is important – This section looks at the consequences of poor food safety and hygiene and causes of food borne illness.
  • Food Safety Hazards and Contamination – This section explores contamination of food by food safety hazards; what they are, where and how they arise and the practical activities to prevent and control hazards.
  • Personal hygiene – This section looks at why personal hygiene is so important when working with food – from cleanliness, thorough hand washing and keeping a clean and tidy appearance.
  • Hygienic premises and Equipment – This section looks at the importance of keeping everything clean and tidy, such as good housekeeping, cleaning and maintaining pest free conditions.

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


On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.


Approximately 2 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.

Target Audience

This online course is aimed at people who display an interest in the subject area and is suitable for anyone looking to improve their knowledge of food hygiene in a domestic environment.

If you are working with, or intend to work with food, you will need Level 2 Food Hygiene training. For more information on the Level 2 courses available please click on the course titles below:

  1. Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering (including City and Guilds Accredited Certificate)
  2. Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Manufacturing (including City and Guilds Accredited Certificate)
  3. Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Retail (including City and Guilds Accredited Certificate)

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


Easy to use for even poor computer users, reliable information provided by a step by step guide. KD

Just fantastic and very enjoyable to do. ST

The whole module is wonderful, particularly in the area of causes, prevention and control of bacteria. I will like to avail my self of any available courses that may come up at any time. RM

I feel the course was easy to navigate around and gave very useful information that wasn't common sense but worth while knowing. SN

How it Works

This is a general guide to how the system works; if you want a more detailed guide to how our purchasing and learning works please visit the Four Easy Steps page which should tell you all you need to know.

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This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post. If you wish you may print out any page of the training material and may also print the notes you took during the training.

You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

The lesson consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course


The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can complete the course in stages revisiting the training at any time.

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On average this course contributes 2 hours towards your CPD


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