Level 1 & 2 Food Hygiene and Food Allergy Training Package

This three course Virtual College Food Safety and Hygiene Training Package has been designed to provide all the essential knowledge to work with or handle food and to meet UK Food Hygiene training requirements. The Level 2 training is RoSPA Assured and all courses come with an instant digital certificate on completion.

Level 1 Food Safety and Hygiene
Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering
Food Allergy Awarness Screenshot
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Package Overview


  • Level 1 & 2
  • 7 Study Hours
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • 7 CPD Hours
  • Meets UK / EU Food Handlers Training Requirements
  • RoSPA Assured

Package description

This collection of courses brings together all the essential knowledge an employee would need to be on-boarded with all key food hygiene and safety information and fulfil legal training obligations for food handling and allergies.

Anyone who works in catering or hospitality needs to be aware of the latest food hygiene standards. Knowing how to clean and disinfect equipment, safely store and prepare food, and control common pests will allow you to handle food safely and ensure that you’re complying with all of the relevant health and safety standards.

Level 1 may be used as an introduction to the subject for children and people with an interest in preparing food safely for a family. It is ideal for use in schools, in addition to a regular curriculum, and for students prior to taking work experience in a food environment.

The Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering certificate is a great way to boost staff development, give confidence to customers and demonstrate the compliance of your organisation. This specific course is also RoSPA Assured.

Our Food Allergy Awareness Training Course includes clear information and guidance to help learners identify and understand the main food allergens, and the importance of handling food containing allergens carefully in order to keep customers safe.

The material is provided in an interactive format that is designed to be engaging and accessible. A basic knowledge of food hygiene will mean learners progress quickly, but the course is designed for anyone working in the service or hospitality sectors and should be suitable for any staff member to give them the knowledge needed to work effectively and safely.

Why take this Level 1 Food Hygiene course?

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to understand how to keep clean and hygienic, how to keep their work area clean, how food becomes contaminated and the steps in preventing contamination.

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.

Why take this Food Allergy Awareness and Level 2 Food Hygiene Training?

If you own, manage or work in a food related business, you will be affected and will need to ensure your operation is compliant with EU Food Information Regulation No. 1169/2011 (FIR) / Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIC).

These regulations affect all caterers and food service organisations, no matter how big or small, and require food businesses to provide allergy information on unpackaged and pre-packed foods.

As a business owner or food handler, you also have a duty to comply with the provisions of Regulation (EC) 852/2004 of the European Parliament on the Hygiene of Foodstuffs, the Food Safety Act 1990, and Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2005.

This requires Food Businesses to ensure that food handlers are supervised, instructed and trained in food hygiene and food safety in a way that is appropriate to the work they do and enables them to handle food safely and hygienically.

Food Allergy Awareness e-learning content

The content of this e-learning course includes:

  • An introduction to food allergy awareness - This module introduces learners to the objectives of this course and the skills they will gain upon completion.
  • What is a food allergy? - This section looks at what food allergens are and how to recognise symptoms of an allergic reaction.
  • Legislation - This section explores the fourteen allergens listed by law that food handlers need to recognise. Learners will find out what ingredients and examples of food can cause allergies and what labelling is required on pre-packed food.
  • Practical Process - This module looks at things learners need to consider to keep consumers safe, how they can provide allergen information specific to your food business and how they can safely prepare and store or package food without cross contamination.

Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering e-learning content

The content of this e-learning course includes:

    • An introduction to Food Safety and Hygiene - In this introduction learners will look at and learn how popular terms relate to food that has been prepared and served.
    • The Effect of foodborne Illness - Looking at what foodborne illnesses are and how they may impact us from a personal and legal responsibility.
    • Food Law - Food often has a long journey from growth and harvesting, through to delivery and preparation and finally 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 food safety.
    • Hazards and Contamination - How food becomes contaminated, exploring food safety hazards and hygiene risks and how they arise or how they may be prevented and controlled.
    • Food Preservation, Food Storage and Temperature Control - How to control contamination through safe temperatures and storage.
    • Personal Hygiene - This section looks at why personal hygiene is so important when working with food hygiene in catering. From hand washing, health, first aid, protective clothing and appearance.
    • Hygienic Premises and Equipment - This section looks at what part the premises and equipment design play in maintaining hygienic, pest-free conditions for food caterers.
    • 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 explains how to control food safety hazards at critical control points using a HACCP based Food Safety Management System.


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

The content of the Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering and Food Allergy Awareness courses are RoSPA Assured.


The Level 1 Food Safety and Hygiene and the Food Allergy Awareness course usually takes between one and two hours to complete.

The Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering course usually takes between two and three hours to complete.

Learners do not have to complete all the training in one session as progress is recorded throughout and the training can be paused and resumed in our learning management system at any time.

Test and Certificate

The Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene course and the Food Allergy Awareness course test consists of 15 multiple choice questions. Learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark, and, if necessary, may attempt the test three times at no extra cost.

The Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering course test consists of 30 multiple choice questions. Learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark, and, if necessary, may attempt the test three times at no extra cost.

If learners do not achieve the 75% pass mark, further attempts may be given by contacting our support team.

Learners will be able to download a digital certificate on completion of each course. This can be printed, and we suggest you keep it for your records.

The certificates awarded on successful completion of the Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering and Food Allergy Awareness courses include a RoSPA Assured embossed seal.

This course is not a formal RQF food safety & hygiene qualification, the levels only indicate the type of course so that businesses can choose whom it is suitable for.

You will learn

  • Understand food safety terms commonly used when discussing industry practise
  • Understand the consequences of poor food safety and hygiene
  • Understand common food hygiene terminology
  • Understand the impact of foodborne illness
  • Understand what both a food allergy and intolerance are
  • Learn to recognise the symptoms of an allergic reaction

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Anyone working in a role that involves the handling or preparation of food
  • Anyone who manages staff members in a catering environment
  • Includes anyone working in Hotels, Restaurants, Takeaways, Cafes, Bars, Fast food outlets, Fish & chip shops, Kitchens, Hospitals, Prisons, Schools and Colleges


Legislation covered in this training package includes:

If you’re working in the hospitality or service industry, you will need to comply with the latest food and hygiene regulations. This Level 1 & 2 Food Hygiene and Food Allergy Training course is designed to help you comply with EU Regulation 852/2004, which requires food businesses to ensure that any employee who handles food is fully trained in food hygiene. The contents of this course also adhere to the Industry Standards set by People 1st and the Sector Skills Council for the Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism industries.

How the online courses work

  • Find a course

    To begin searching for your online training you can click on the course category section on our website and browse through all of our training categories.

    Alternatively if you already know the title of the training you’re looking for you can use the search bar located in the centre of the homepage and go directly to the course you want.

  • Buy the course

    When buying one of our courses, you will need to enter a valid email address which will be used to create your account with our Learning Management System – Enable – where you will take the training. We will also send your purchase receipt to this email address, and any additional courses purchased in future using the same email address will be added to your system account.

    Once you have purchased a course, you will be able to send this course to other people using your system account with Enable by entering the new learner’s email address so that they may access the training and set up their own system account with our Learning Management System.

    If you are not 100% satisfied with your course then we offer a 30-day, no hassle money-back guarantee. To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not have completed the training in order to make a valid refund claim. Any claim made after the training has been completed will be invalidated.

  • 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 which will include the accrediting bodies logo where applicable, the learner's name, the title of the course and the date of completion.

    If you have purchased the posted certificate option, available on selected courses, a high quality, seal embossed, certificate will be sent out the following working week after completion.