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Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Manufacturing (including City and Guilds Accredited Certificate)

Course Overview

Try online - Buy online - Learn online - Test online and Certificate posted same day if completed before 12 noon Monday to Friday, or next working day £25 + VAT

EU Regulation 852/2004 Hygiene for Foodstuffs requires Food Businesses to make sure that any staff who handles food are supervised, instructed and trained in Food Hygiene in a way that is appropriate to the work they do.

This Virtual College self-study course (formerly known as Foundation or Basic Food Hygiene) and maps to Industry Standards in Food Safety and Hygiene as published by Improve Ltd, the Sector Skills Council for the Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry in the UK. This course will benefit anyone working in food processing, manufacturing, food assembly, packing and food storage. It allows every manufacturing business, regardless of size, to provide all staff with first class training at a fraction of the cost and disruption of classroom based training.

This course is accredited by City & Guilds

  • Virtual College are a City and Guilds Accredited centre.
  • City and Guilds have accredited our L2 Food Safety and Hygiene certificates
  • Our price includes a City and Guilds Accredited Certificate.
  • City and Guilds approved quality assurance of our online delivery processes and learner support systems.
  • Quality City & Guilds Accredited Certificate carrying authorisation seal.

Upon completion of this online training material learners will sit an online test and on successful completion, will receive a City & Guilds Accredited Level 2 Certificate in Food Safety and Hygiene meeting the legal training required, which must then be applied to work situations.

The training and test usually take between 2 to 3 hours to complete (depending on learning speed), which is equivalent to 6 hours face-to-face group training. Learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark, and, if necessary, may attempt the test 3 times at no extra cost, having revisited the training material. If learners have not achieved the 75% pass mark, further attempts may be given by contacting Learner Support. For posted certificates, if completed successfully Monday-Friday before 12:00 midnight, certificate will be posted the next day. Weekend completers will have their certificates posted on Monday.

Produced by Virtual College in association with Food Safety experts "Food Dialog" a registered Training Centre with the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) we have made every effort to make the training friendly, understandable and as down to earth as possible.

On completion of this course learners should understand:

  • Why food hygiene and safety is important
  • Their personal and legal responsibilities
  • The impact of food borne illness
  • How food becomes contaminated
  • How to prevent contamination through good hygiene practices
  • How to control contamination through safe temperatures and storage
  • How to control food safety hazards at critical control points using a HACCP based Food Safety Management System

Course Details

Lesson Plan

Upon completion of this module learners will have an understanding of a wide range of key food safety issues, including the three main types of food safety hazard, their sources and methods of control. Learners will know the correct temperatures needed for storage and food handling activities from raw material and goods inwards through manufacturing, packing and distribution to customers, 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.

The sections covered include:
  • 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 processed or manufactured.
  • Impact of Food-Borne Illness - looking at what food-bourne illnesses are and how they affect us.
  • Understanding Food Law - food often has a long journey from growing, harvesting, delivery, preparation 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 safety.
  • Food Safety Hazards and Contamination - exploring food safety hazards and how they arise and consider how they can be prevented and controlled.
  • Food Preservation, Storage and Temperature Control - how to manufacture and preserve food, including appropriate storage and temperature controls.
  • Personal Hygiene - this section looks at why personal hygiene is so important when working with food - covering hand washing, health, first aid. protective clothing and appearance.
  • Hygienic Premises and Equipment - this section looks at good housekeeping and the part premises and equipment design play in maintaining clean, pest-free conditions.
  • 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 looks at what this involves.

Target Audience

This Food Safety and Hygiene for Manufacturing module is aimed at anyone working in a manufacturing or processing environment, small or large, which could include food factories, meat cutting plants, dry goods and vegetable packing, dairies, breweries and bottling plants.


It is estimated that this module will take approximately 2-3 hours to complete (depending on learning speed). As an e-learning module you can complete this training in convenient stages. The system will record your progress throughout.


When you have successfully completed your course and attained the 75% required test pass, you will receive a City & Guilds Accredited Certificate. Our Certificates are of extremely high quality and carry an authorisation seal. The certificate should be displayed to show appropriate training has taken place.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

What our customers have said

Very useful being able to do it online, the teaching is brilliant and it's not a quick or easy option but a lot easier than travelling to a formal day course especially as I feel I have achieved everything I wanted to.
30/12/2016 DR
Explains everything clearly in a way in which highlights key points, making them easier to remember.
22/12/2016 CB
I thought that the module was well constructed and informative. I also liked the way you can go back over the module. The recap was useful too.
30/10/2016 PB
I liked how the module was split into manageable sections and how I could leave, come back and continue where I left without having to repeat anything.
11/10/2016 AH
The system allows you to work at your own pace and allows you to stop and resume when you like.
It's very easy to sit down and go through, lots of exercises for you to do when revising for the end quiz.
22/08/2016 ES
The content was really great and it helped broaden my knowledge of food safety and hygiene
30/06/2016 CO
Ease of use and no pressure to complete the task's and the ability to sit at home and do it away from the pressure's of work
23/05/2016 DE
Thank you so much for this Course. It was very intensive, thorough, informative and detailed to the point. Very in-depth!!! Real value for my money! Thanks, again.
26/04/2016 MM
Yes, the course was very thorough and I liked the tests, to see if you have understood.
13/04/2016 KL
Easy to use and navigate. Easy to understand and set out in a clear way. Liked the challenges as they helped to reflect
07/04/2016 HB
It was very easy to work through each module of the course. Each module was laid out in a manner that made it very easy to follow that particular topic. It wasn't over-loaded with reams of text to plough through.
26/03/2016 DW
I really like the idea of having the voice over as an introduction of each page.I also love the challenges because it keeps things interesting and gives you a chance to test yourself.
02/03/2016 AV
The system is easy to use, well laid out and use a combination of graphics and text to keep the learner interested and help absorb the information.
16/02/2016 EF
I like the way the information was layered so that one section reinforced the information in other sections. It was a good way to learn.
03/02/2016 LJ
The system and module was very clear, easy to use, interactive and a brilliant model.
06/01/2016 AK
Easy to read and understand. Small tests in the end of each section helped to summarise and remember the information.
29/10/2015 RO

Cost and Discounts

£25.00 (plus VAT)

This cost is for a single user and includes the Food Hygiene certificate on successful test pass, for more information please contact, or telephone us on 01943 885089.

How it Works

The information below is specific to this particular course. If you would like a more general guide to how our purchasing and learning works please visit the Four Easy Steps page which should tell you all you need to know.

Alternatively; if you have a specific question or concerns why not contact us directly?


This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your Internet connection. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post. If you wish you may print out any page of the training material, and may also print the notes you took during the training.

You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

The lessons consist of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you 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. When all lessons in the course have been completed and the test passed, our system will automatically record that you have successfully completed the course.


This course is Accredited by City & Guilds. When you have successfully completed your course and attained the 75% required test pass, you will receive a City & Guilds Accredited Certificate. Our Certificates are of extremely high quality and carry an authorisation seal. The certificate should be displayed to show appropriate training has taken place.

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