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.
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
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.
All Virtual College e-learning courses can be paused and resumed at any point.
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.
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:
- Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering (including City and Guilds Accredited Certificate)
- Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Manufacturing (including City and Guilds Accredited Certificate)
- Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Retail (including City and Guilds Accredited Certificate)
There are no specific entry requirements for this course.
How it Works
This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.
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When you get to the end, you will be presented with an assessment to check your understanding. Don't worry; in most cases you can take this assessment three times at no extra cost, and we have policies and procedures in place for adding further attempts.
Step 4: Your certificate
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Some courses also include the option of a high-quality posted certificate, for example our Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene courses.
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