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Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering Course
Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering Course
Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering Course
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This Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene Certificate for Catering course satisfies a food handler’s legal obligation to undertake appropriate food safety training.

The online course is suitable for anyone who handles or prepares food or is involved in the management of such people in a catering environment. This includes hotels, restaurants, takeaways, cafes, bars, fast food outlets, kitchens, hospitals, prisons, schools and colleges.

  • Meet the UK training requirements for food handlers
  • Online, self-paced training
  • Interactive course with colourful animations
  • Complete in two to three hours
  • 24 hour learner support
  • Instant digital certificate on completion
Description

Overview - Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering

EU Regulation 852/2004 requires food businesses to ensure any staff who handles food are supervised, instructed and trained in food hygiene in a way that is appropriate for the work they do.

This is a self-study course (formerly known as Foundation or Basic Food Hygiene) and maps to the Industry Standards set by People 1st, the Sector Skills Council for the Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism industries.

It is aimed at anyone working in catering or hospitality whether employed or self employed, working in restaurants, hotels, fast food outlets, takeaways, cafes, bars, kitchens, catering in hospitals, schools and colleges. It allows every catering business, regardless of size, to provide all staff with first class training at a fraction of the cost and disruption of classroom based training.

Why take this course?

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.

Upon completion of this course learners will know the correct temperatures needed for storage and food handling activities from delivery through to sale, and be aware of common food pests and how to control them, along with the principles of cleaning and disinfection and how these apply to the workplace.

Environmental Health Officer accepted

Environmental Health Officers look for trained and well-informed staff that hold a good understanding of food hygiene and safety. This course demonstrates independent learning and shows that staff are taking appropriate training to ensure they can handle food safely.

E-learning content

The content of this e-learning course includes:

  • An introduction to food safety and hygiene
  • The impact of food-bourne illness
  • Understanding food law
  • Food safety hazards and contamination
  • Food preservation, storage and temperature control
  • Personal hygiene
  • Hygienic premises and equipment
  • Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)

Training outcomes

By the end of the course learners will:

  • Understand common food hygiene terminology
  • Understand the impact of food-bourne illness
  • Know about food law and legislation
  • Know how contamination can be prevented and controlled
  • Understand food storage and preservation
  • Know the importance of personal hygiene
  • Understand how to keep premises and equipment clean
  • Understand HACCP principles

Accreditation

This course is accredited by City and Guilds and the certificate, awarded upon successful completion, includes an authorisation seal.

Course duration

Approximately two to three hours to complete. As an e-learning course you can complete this training in convenient stages. The system will record your progress throughout.

Target Audience

This food safety and hygiene course is aimed at anyone working in a role that involves contact with food, or the management of such people. The course can be used either as Induction, Awareness, Refresher or Foundation Training.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Test and certificate

The end of 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. If you have bought the posted certificate option, a high quality, seal embossed, certificate is sent the next working day.

How It Works

Frequently asked questions

How does the course work?

This is an online course so you (or your learners) can complete the training on your computer, tablet or mobile device anywhere there is an internet connection.

The 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 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.

The course is self-paced so learners decide how fast or slow the training goes. There is no deadline for completion but the course does have a test at the end to check that learners have understood the material. 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.

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 2 certificate valid for?

There is no set time for how long a certificate is valid for. It is generally industry recognised that food hygiene certificates are renewed every three years. However, some employers may require you to renew your certification every year.

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.

Discounts

Bulk discounts

A bulk discount structure applies for this course based on the quantity you buy and is calculated automatically during checkout.

  • 10% discount on 10 - 49 courses
  • 20% discount on 50 + courses

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please email salesteam@virtual-college.co.uk or call our sales team on 01943 885 085.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating: (185)

Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering
3 days ago
Very informative and good.no hassle just set couple of hours and the do you exam
– Customer
Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering
5 days ago
Yet to study but my friends gave me a good recommendation.
– Customer
Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering
6 days ago
Very good choice. Course was very interesting and helpful for my business. I can recommend this to everyone.
– Customer
Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering
11 days ago
Very easy to use to get the training need.
– EMMA KNIGHT
Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering
13 days ago
Would recommended to everyone
– Diane Todd
Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering
13 days ago
I purchased Level 2 Food Safety. Very quick and simple to order and could start learning straight away, but take each module to fit around my schedule. Great and would definitely recommend.
– Sarah
Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering
15 days ago
Excellent course. Easy to navigate. Will definitely recommend.
– Customer
Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering
16 days ago
Very clear and user friendly, Great course.
– Rico Ritmo
Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering
17 days ago
Good price, good information, does what it says it will!
– Richard
Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering
18 days ago
very good and easy to use
– crystal
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