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Food Safety Level 1

Online food safety and hygiene training

Whether it’s on TV, in a newspaper or posted on social media, food safety is never far from the news. Sharing of food hygiene ratings for local establishments is a popular topic of engagement on many social media channels, and unfortunately, it’s often those scoring at the lower end of the scale that make the news.

Effective food safety and hygiene training can help protect your business, and ensure you avoid this unwanted publicity.

Ensure your staff understand their role in maintaining food safety with a course written by one of the world’s leading food safety experts, Richard Sprenger, and accredited by the UK’s leading organisation for regulated food safety qualifications.

This online food safety and hygiene training course is ideal for those who work with pre-packaged foods or in low-risk catering environments.

Who needs this training?

Food businesses must, by law, ensure that all staff have received the appropriate level of safety and hygiene training commensurate with their role and risk.  

This online course is suitable for those working in a catering environment who are not directly involved in the preparation or handling of high-risk foods, but work in an environment where food is handled elsewhere or only deal with low-risk foods. It is also ideal for those working with pre-packaged or wrapped food.

It is a useful induction programme for those undertaking work-experience in a food business, and for anyone with a keen interest in learning more about the basic principles of food safety and hygiene.

Is this course the right level of food safety training for me?

If you are involved, or are going to be involved, in the direct preparation of food you must be trained to a higher level.

Highfield’s Food Safety Level 2 e-learning course is perfect for most food handlers working in a catering or retail environment. If you work in a food manufacturing environment, the Food Safety in Manufacturing Level 2 course if perfect for you.

Supervisors and managers must be trained to a higher level again and the Food Safety Level 3 e-learning course is designed for this level of employee. It is also useful for owners of small catering businesses. 

What does the course cover?

  • Introduction to food safety
  • Microbiological hazards
  • Food poisoning and its control
  • Contamination hazards and controls
  • Safe handling and the storage of food
  • Personal hygiene
  • Food pests and pest control
  • Cleaning and disinfection

Why take this course?

The course is accredited by Highfield Qualifications, the UK’s market-leader in regulated food safety qualifications. The course does not lead to a qualification but does meet all legal training requirements for low-risk food handlers. 

The course has been written by Richard Sprenger, one of the world’s leading food safety experts and author of the UK’s best-selling food safety and hygiene books.

This course isn’t just a box-ticking exercise. We’re committed to improving standards of food safety and moving from a certificate on the wall to genuine competence in the workplace.

When should I take this course?

All new starters in a catering business must be trained within 3 months of starting work, so it is ideal as part of a company induction.

We also recommend that all food handlers undertake food safety and hygiene training a minimum of every 3 years. It is also a useful tool for refresher training for existing members of staff.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed by multiple-choice question at the end of the course. Learners must score 100% in order to pass.

Please note: this course does not provide a qualification. 

How long will it take to complete?

The course will take typically 2 to 3 hours to complete. But because it’s an e-learning course, that is studied online, learners can complete the training in stages at a pace to suit them.

Our LMS will track progress and we encourage all learners to work at a pace that suits them.

What devices can I use to study the course?

The Highfield Food Safety Level 1 e-learning course is compatible with most devices. You can sit the course on desktop, laptop and tablet devices that meet the minimum technical requirements.

We do not support use of our courses on a mobile phone.


The food safety level 1 e-learning course if accredited by Highfield Qualifications.

The course is also accredited by the CPD Accreditation Service as meeting the standards of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


Learners will receive a Highfield certificate of completion, available immediately, when they successfully complete the course.

Why choose Highfield e-learning?

We’re award-winning. We have a highly capable team that are passionate about delivering courses that improve safety in the workplace.

Our courses simplify even the most complex of subjects through media and content-rich exercises that motivate and engage learners. Our food safety level 2 course is packed with:

  • interactive exercises/gaming
  • media-rich content
  • interactive 3D scenarios
  • content provided by market leading experts
  • relevant photography and illustrations
  • multi-generational content and style

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See what others say: 
Deciding to use Highfield e-learning for our food safety learning platform at Red Carnation Hotels has been a great decision for our company. By using an online platform it increases engagement and ultimately the safety of our employees and our guests, it is easier to monitor uptake via the platform and we have definitely noticed an improvement in the knowledge of our staff and the awareness of food safety in the workplace. A great tool to have on hand!

Purchasing licences

We provide price breaks on this e-learning course based on the total number of licences you purchase. The price breaks available are as follows based on user numbers:

QTY1 to 12 to 45 to 910 to 1213 to 1920 to 99100+

Course licences can be purchased online or over the phone by calling us on 0845 226 0350 / 01302 363277.

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