Level 1 Food Safety and Hygiene

Our Food Hygiene Certificate Level 1 course is suitable for anyone who is a beginner in a food handling environment and needs to understand the basic principles of food safety and hygiene. This online course covers food safety terms, consequences of poor food safety and hygiene, and practical activities to prevent and control hazards.

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Course Fee: £12.00

You Will Learn

  • 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

Course Overview

This Level 1 Food Safety and Hygiene e-learning course is designed to introduce the basic principles of food safety and hygiene to anyone who is a beginner in an environment where food may be prepared or stored.

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.

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.

Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering

Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene

Cooking can be a richly rewarding experience, but it’s important to know how be both hygienic and safe within a kitchen environment. The Level 1 Food Hygiene course is a great way to introduce beginners to food safety.

This may include cooking at home, work experience in a food environment, or self-development for those who have an interest in food handling. By completing this food hygiene course level 1, learners will understand why food safety is important, the importance of hygiene in the kitchen, and how to avoid contamination.

The material is provided in an interactive format that is designed to be engaging and accessible so learners can understand all the information given to them. However, as this is an introductory course for beginners, this course is not suitable for fulfilling the legal requirement for food handlers in the catering or hospitality industry.

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 online food hygiene course level 1 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.

Who should take this Level 1 Food Hygiene course?

This food hygiene level 1 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 food hygiene course level 1 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


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 six 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.

Who is it for?

  • Bar workers
  • Checkout staff
  • Food delivery drivers
  • Warehouse staff
  • Front of house staff
  • Waiters/Waitresses
  • General grocery staff
  • Shop assistants

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