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Level 1 Food Hygiene and Safety
Level 1 Food Hygiene and Safety
Level 1 Food Hygiene and Safety
Level 1 Food Hygiene and Safety

The Level 1 Food Hygiene course is a great way of introducing beginners to food hygiene safety best practices. Suitable for anyone cooking at home, on work experience in a food environment, self-development, temporary staff or those who have an interest in food handling.

Upon completion of this course, learners will understand why food safety is important, proper hygiene safety, cleanliness, food poisoning and how to avoid contamination. This course will give you an understanding of the basic principles of food hygiene safety.

  • Anyone who works near where food is prepared or served
  • Basic understanding of food hygiene safety
  • Online, self-paced training
  • Interactive course with colourful animations
  • CPD Accredited with instant digital certificate
  • Complete in two hours
  • 24 hour learner support
  • Instant digital certificate on completion

Level 1 Food Hygiene and Safety Overview

This Level 1 Food Safety and Hygiene e-learning course is designed to introduce learner to the basic principles of food safety and hygiene to anyone who is a beginner in an environment where food may be prepared, sold, served or stored. This course is also suitable for anyone who work in an environment where food is present or handled elsewhere and knows how to handle consumables properly.

This course will give learners a better understanding of why work area cleanliness is important, food poisoning risks and how food becomes contaminated and the steps in preventing contamination. Also allow you to learn more about hygiene safety and a better understanding of The Food Hygiene Regulations 2006.

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.

Who should take this course?

This course is a great introduction for those looking to work in the food environment, or those who want more knowledge on food hygiene and food safety. This can include Bar worker, Checkout staff, Food delivery drivers, Front of House staff, General Grocery Staff, Kitchen porters, Waiters, Warehouse Staff, Shop assistants and students at school or university.

The aim of this online training course is to provide guidance on food hygiene safety and awareness, for anyone working in Catering, Hospitality, Manufacturing or Retail environment. This course will ensure that staff are equipped with a basic knowledge and understanding of food hygiene safety, food hazards such as allergens and best practice for food hygiene.

Food handlers or anyone working in and around food have a duty to comply with the provisions of Food Hygiene Regulation and the Food Safety Act.

The Food Hygiene Regulations 2006

The Food Hygiene Regulations 2006 are widely considered to be the most important food safety and hygiene regulations in the UK, and it’s important to note that they go a step further than the Food Safety Act 1990 by specifying that all food businesses have a legal obligation to ensure that they prepare and serve food in a safe and hygienic manner. The regulations make it an offence for businesses to supply food which is not safe to be eaten and is potentially harmful to the health of customers, and also specify that:

  • All food producing businesses must register with the relevant authorities
  • Food should always be labelled correctly and should meet all the relevant quality standards
  • Premises used for the preparation or sale of foods are designed and constructed in a way that permits good hygiene
  • Food businesses should have suitable pest control measures

E-learning course content

The content of this e-learning course includes:

  • An introduction to food safety and hygiene
  • Food Safety Hazards and Contamination
  • Why Food Safety is important
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Hygienic Premises and Equipment

Training outcomes

By the end of the course learners will:

  • Understand food safety terms commonly used when discussing industry practise
  • Understand the consequences of poor food safety and hygiene
  • Know about practical activities to prevent and control hazards.
  • Understand why personal hygiene is so important
  • Be able to keep surfaces and equipment hygienically clean


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

Course duration

Approximately one to two hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly learners can study and absorb the material. Learners can proceed as quickly or slowly as they like.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Test and certificate

The end of 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.

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. This can be printed, and we suggest you keep it for your records.

Do you need to buy Level 2 training?

If learners are involved (or are going to be involved) with food preparation in a catering, manufacturing or retail capacity, they will need to undertake Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene training. Click the links below to see these courses.

If you are a manager or supervisor in a food business, you should do Level 3 Food Safety and Hygiene for Supervisors.

How It Works

Frequently asked questions

Do I need an e-mail address to buy this course?

Yes, you will need an e-mail address to buy this course. This is because we use your e-mail address to create an account for you in our learning management system - where you will take the training. We also need your email address to send your purchase receipt.

If you buy more courses in future using the same e-mail address during checkout, then these will automatically be added to your system account.

If you pay by PayPal, we will use your PayPal email address to create your system account.

Can I buy this course and give it to other people?

Yes, you can buy the training using your own email address and then give it to other learners from your system account.

Each learner will need to have their own email address. This is so that we can send them a link to the training and give them their own system account.

Is there a refund policy?

We want you to be completely satisfied with your training. We offer a 30 day, no hassle, no quibble, money-back guarantee if you are not 100% satisfied.

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 complete the training in order to make a valid refund claim.

Will the course work on a tablet or mobile phone?

We recommend using a desktop or laptop for the best learning experience. This course can also be taken on tablet and mobile devices - including iPads and iPhones.

Is a specific internet browser recommended?

For the best possible experience, we recommend learners use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox. Please ensure there are no updates pending on your browser.

How long do learners have to complete a course?

There is no set completion time for this course. Learners can study in their own time at their own speed and may pause, leave and come back to the system to continue the training at any time.

Does the course contain sound?

Yes, this course contains sound. For those without sound on their computer or device, the narration is covered in an optional text box at the bottom of the training.

How long is a Level 1 certificate valid for?

There is no set time for how long a certificate is valid for. This course is an introduction to food hygiene and safety. If you require more in-depth knowledge as a food handler or food supervisor, we have level 2 and level 3 food hygiene courses available.

What is the difference between Level 1, 2 and 3 Food Safety and Hygiene?

An introductory, or Level 1 course will give you the necessary understanding of preparing food at home but is unfortunately not suitable for working directly in a food environment.

A Level 2 Food course meets the UK training requirements for food handlers to undertake appropriate food safety training.

A Level 3 Food Safety and Hygiene course is suitable for those who are responsible for the supervision of other members of staff who are handling, preparing or storing food across manufacturing, catering and retail industries.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating: (74)

Level 1 Food Safety and Hygiene
13 days ago
– Wendy
Level 1 Food Safety and Hygiene
19 days ago
Totally worth it. Money we’ll spent 👍🏽
– Ushma Patel
Level 1 Food Safety and Hygiene
20 days ago
Brilliant value for money and easy to use
– Customer
Level 1 Food Safety and Hygiene
22 days ago
Good on line course as an introduction
– Chris
Level 1 Food Safety and Hygiene
23 days ago
Easy to use and understand brilliant
– Customer
Level 1 Food Safety and Hygiene
25 days ago
Very good explanation and easy to understand.
– beata
Level 1 Food Safety and Hygiene
25 days ago
Very useful and well presented course.
– Customer
Level 1 Food Safety and Hygiene
one month ago
User friendly
– Agewell
Level 1 Food Safety and Hygiene
one month ago
I enjoyed doing this course and learned a lot from it which is useful for both work and home use. Thank you.
– Jane Simpson
Level 1 Food Safety and Hygiene
one month ago
Good module but no certificate provided upon completion- only a self assessment record.
– Emma
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