Achieving a Five Star Food Hygiene Rating

Having a 5 star food rating is not only good for business but for customer confidence as well. Get ready for a food hygiene or environmental health inspection with this course which is packed full of resources and guidance to help you in obtaining a 5 star hygiene rating through the food hygiene rating scheme (FHRS).

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Course Overview


  • Introductory Course
  • 30 Study Minutes
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • 30 CPD Minutes
  • CPD Certified

Course description

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) is one of the most common signs in restaurant, takeaway and café windows and is one of the best ways a customer can judge the cleanliness and quality of the establishment. This course will give learners the knowledge and skills to obtain a five-star food hygiene rating and explains why it is such an important issue for any food business regardless of industry.

This course contains in-depth knowledge on the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, how inspectors calculate scores and how to get a 5 star food hygiene rating.

This training course will also address the benefits and opportunities a high food hygiene rating score can have for businesses.

This course also provides learners with key resources to help them prepare for inspection and improving their business’s food hygiene.

The Food Standards Agency rating scheme is ranked from 5-0:

  • 5 – hygiene standards are very good
  • 4 – hygiene standards are good
  • 3 – hygiene standards are generally satisfactory
  • 2 – some improvement is necessary
  • 1 – major improvement is necessary
  • 0 – urgent improvement is required

You can find out more about the scheme here.

Course Description

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is one of the most important factors for all businesses that work in the food industry, regardless of sector.

This course aims to give learners the knowledge they need to obtain a five-star Food Hygiene Rating and how they can apply it to their own business.

This course also comes with a number of resources allowing users to continue their learning after successfully completing this online training course.


  • Understand the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) and how inspectors calculate a business’s score
  • Benefits of a strong Food Hygiene Rating score
  • The key areas which can impact a business’s score
  • How to achieve a five-star Food Hygiene Rating

Who Should take this course

This course is suitable for anyone working within a food premise including hotels, restaurants, takeaways, cafes, bars, supermarkets, hospitals and care homes.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is enforced in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, meaning only food premises in these areas should take this training. 

Test and certification

At the end of the course, learners will be required to answer 15 multiple choice questions to assess their understanding of the course. A 75% pass mark is needed and there'll be six attempts to achieve this at no extra cost. If more than three are required, you will need to contact the Virtual College team to arrange an additional try.

When the 75% pass mark has been achieved, learners will be able to download and print a Virtual College Achieving a Five Star Rating certificate for their records.

Course duration

This course should take around 30 minutes to complete, but this depends entirely on how quickly each individual learns and absorbs the study material.

As the course is self-paced and progress is recorded throughout, learners can complete the training in stages.


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

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

You will learn

  • How inspectors calculate a business' score
  • The benefits of a strong food hygiene rating
  • The key areas which can impact a business's score
  • How to achieve a five-star food hygiene rating

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Hotel Workers
  • Restaurant Workers
  • Takeaway Workers
  • Cafe Workers
  • Bar Workers
  • Supermarket Workers
  • Hospital Workers
  • Care Home Workers
  • Hospitality Business Owners

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  • Take the course

    This online course consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk learners through the lesson material. Pages may include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help learners stay engaged and interested in the material. Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be paused and resumed at any stage.

    The course is self-paced so learners decide how fast or slow the training goes. There is no deadline for completion but some of our courses have a test at the end to check that learners have understood the material. If the course has a test at the end then learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. Once learners have passed the test they are awarded a certificate, which can either be downloaded digitally or sent as a physical copy if this option was chosen when purchasing the course.

  • Your Certificate

    Upon completion of any of our courses, learners will be able to download a digital certificate from Virtual College and will include the accrediting bodies logo where applicable.

    If you have bought the posted certificate option (available on select courses), a high quality, seal embossed, certificate will be sent out at the beginning of the following working week.