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Course Syllabus

The course is as follows:

Section One: Contaminating Hazards

In this section the candidate will learn how to define the terms contamination and cross-contamination and understand the threat and effect of contamination.

  • About Microbiological Hazards: Here the candidate will learn about the various microbiological hazards that they may encounter in the workplace, how to define the terms helpful, spoilage and pathogenic bacteria and understand the nature of bacteria and how to detect it.
  • Effects of Microbiological Hazards: The candidate will learn the consequences of a growth of harmful bacteria, what the common causes of food poisoning outbreaks in the UK are and will be able to describe high at-risk groups.
  • Factors which contribute to Microbiological Hazards: The candidate will learn about conditions which effect microbiological hazards and make them dangerous, the terms high-risk and low-risk foods (with the ability to provide examples) how to control the danger level of microbiological hazards and the importance of reporting any potential hazards that they find in the workplace.
  • About Allergenic Hazards: The candidate will learn the threat of allergic food ingredients to allergy sufferers.
  • Effects of Allergenic Hazards: The candidate will learn how to identify the symptoms of anaphylaxis.
  • Prevention of Allergenic Hazards: The candidate will learn how to treat food in order to diminish the threat to people who suffer with allergies.
  • Responding to an allergic reaction: The candidate will learn what steps are taken if an allergic reaction occurs and what potential consequences of failing to act in the event of an allergy attack.
  • About Physical Hazards: The candidate will learn common sources of physical contamination.
  • Preventing Physical Hazard: The candidate will learn prevention techniques regarding physical hazards.
  • About Chemical Hazards: The candidate will learn the common sources of chemical contamination.
  • Preventing Chemical Hazards: The candidate will learn how to prevent chemical contamination.

Section Two: Personal Responsibilities

In this section the candidate will learn what the consequences of poor personal hygiene standards or poor technique are and how to maintain good hygiene practice. By the end of the section the candidate will be able to identify their personal responsibility in making sure that they keep themselves as hygienic as possible as well as their legal obligation to behave in a hygienic way.

  • Hand Hygiene: The candidate will learn what facilities are necessary to ensure proper handwashing and how and when to wash hands.
  • Hair Hygiene: The candidate will learn and understand the necessary protocol for ensuring that hair does not pose as a hazard.
  • Protective Clothing: The candidate will learn why protective clothing is important for a food handler.
  • Habits and Manners: The candidate will learn what the hazards are associated with skin infections and the need for suitable dressings as well as other hazards that can occur the workplace as a result of the food handler themselves.
  • Reporting illness: The candidate will learn why reporting illness to their manager is important.

Section Three: Creating and Maintaining a Clean and Safe Workplace

In this section the candidate will learn how to create a clean and safe work environment and maintain it in congruence with the law. By the end of the section the candidate will understand how to organise a fridge and store food correctly, the importance of cleaning, how to clean effectively and the effect and deterrents of pests.

  • Food Storage and Organisation: The candidate will be able to use their knowledge of contaminants and cross contamination to understand how to organise a fridge correctly to limit the threat of contamination. The candidate will learn how to store food correctly to ensure it is safe to consume.
  • About Cleaning: The candidate will learn why thorough cleaning is so important to maintain in the workplace.
  • How to Clean: The candidate will learn how to approach cleaning, how to use various cleaning chemicals, how to clean equipment properly, how to treat waste and the role of scheduled cleaning services are in the workplace.
  • About Pests: The candidate will learn what threats pest pose to food.
  • Preventing Pests: how to deal with/deter pests.

Course FAQ

Who should take this course?

This course is targeted towards those in the industry who have had limited involvement in the handling and preparation of food. It acts as a foundation of knowledge which all staff in your food business should have at the very least. Staff who handle food regularly should go on to complete our Level 2 food hygiene and safety course.

Is this course accredited?

Yes, all of our courses are accredited by the CPD Group and all have the unique reference number with each course being awarded CPD points. Essential Food Hygiene are also members of RoSPA.

How and where do I complete the examination?

Like the course, the exam is conducted online. Once all sections of the course are completed, the learner can begin the exam. The exam consists of 25 questions, of which the learner must answer 22 correctly. There is no time limit for the exam so learners can take their time.

How and where do I complete this course?

All of our courses are online courses, so they can be completed remotely as long as the learner has internet access and a computer.

Is there a time limit on this course?

The exam must be passed within 12 months of them being assigned the course. There is no time limit on the course material, so once the exam has been passed, students can freely come back at any time to view the course content and refresh their knowledge.

How is the course structured?

The course content is split into individual sections, with each section concluding in a mini quiz, which needs to be completed before moving onto the next section. Once all sections have been completed, you can proceed to the examination.

What happens if I fail the exam?

If the learner fails their exam, then they can retake it as many times as necessary (within the 12-month shelf-life of the course) at no extra cost. Once the course has been completed within the shelf-life period, the candidate gains unlimited life-time access to the course material should they wish to come back and refresh their memory.

What happens if I pass the exam?

Once the exam has been completed successfully, the learner will receive an online certificate instantly, which they can then download and print off.

How long will my certificate be valid for?

There is no specific law on when and how often you should refresh your training, however all UK local authorities and environmental health officers recommend that you refresh your training every three years to ensure you are versed with the most up-to-date guidance

How do I purchase multiple courses for my employees?

If you would like to buy any training for a number of your employees, first you need to select the course that you need. To do this, you need to go to our course page and click on the course that you want to buy. Enter the quantity of courses that you require and view the corresponding price. Then click the ‘Group’ option and enter your chosen group name. Once you have done this, please go to checkout to complete the purchase. Once you have completed your purchase, you will be directed to your group’s dashboard where you can assign courses to your employees.

What support is available if I have a question?

If any help is needed at any stage of your learning journey, all our learners are welcome to contract us. We are available to assist learners who require help, as well as those who are experiencing technical issues and need some advice. Please visit the Contact Us page, use our Live Chat function, or give us a call on 08009993868.


The courses are easy to understand and are competitively priced. Having the courses available in different languages has been a huge bonus to us and our customers.

Susan Morris (Dukefield Foodservice Ltd)

Essential Food Hygiene Ltd has advanced systems to allow for all courses to be undertaken in our staffs own time and in multiple different languages. This has made the task of training for us much easier and less time consuming, our staff also get access to instant certification and re-tests if required.

Leon Gallagher (The Protein Works)

The service that the NFFF has received from Essential Food Hygiene has been nothing short of fantastic.

Karen Clark (National Federation of Fish Friers)

Excellent value for money and quick and easy buying process.
Will definitely use again!

Chloe Berry

I recently completed the Level 2 course in Food Hygiene, Level 3 Supervisor course and the Level 2 Allergy Awareness course.
As a student I needed clear and concise courses that I could do whilst studying to gain qualifications for my CV. The courses were well priced, well written and fun! I even did them on my phone. I’d recommend this company to anyone who needs food hygiene training.

Alex Pomeroy

I found the content very good and easy to follow.
It was great to have small sections to work through which meant I could split the training over a couple of days.

Donna Judge

It was a very good with clear instructions and the training lessons were very informative.
Easy to access and learn from and I got my certificate immediately

Lynda Wilson

I’m a foster mum and wanted to learn more about Allergies. I have children arriving in the night and unfortunately a lot of the children suffer with allergies.
The training lessons were easy to follow and didn’t take long to complete. I loved the mini quizzes at the end of each lesson as they remind you of the most important facts.
I will feel more confident the next time a child arrives with allergies and will be recommending your courses to other foster mums and dads.
Thank you.

Lynne Gee

Just finished the Level 2 Food Hygiene Course. I already had a certificate that was three years old and thought it was time to update it.
I got through the course pretty quickly and was amazed how much of the basics I had forgotten.
Great for refreshing your training.

Georgette Wallace

I had just started working in a pub and needed to take a Level 2 Food Hygiene Course. I have never done online training before and my computer knowledge was minimal. I found the website and course easy to use, very informative and passed with 97%.
I would definitely recommend this course and will be using Essential Food Hygiene in the future.

Kaeren Foulds