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Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Catering

This online course leads to the level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering certified by OCN Credit4Learning.  It has been developed and written by a food safety specialist, taking into account the requirements of People 1st – the Sector Skills Councils for hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism, to ensure that qualifications meet the needs of employers.

Although this course is OCN accredited it can be purchased with or without the OCN certificate:

Training Academy certificate and course = £12.00

OCN Credit4Learning (Ofqual regulated Awarding Body) certificate = £20.00. Course and certificate £32.00

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Course Overview 

This online Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Catering will encourage all food handlers to be aware of the hazards to food safety within their workplace and how they can be controlled and encourage good hygiene practice.

Course Content

This online Level 2 Award in Food Safety course covers the following topics:

  • Food Poisoning
  • Bacteriology
  • Prevention of Contamination
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Premises & Pest Control
  • Cleaning & Disinfection
  • The Law
Course Structure

The course content is available online, learners are supplied with a unique username and password to access the course.  Learners work through the learning material at their own pace and speed, completing the online activities, quizzes & tests.  The online course is fully animated with very high quality graphics/animation and it also has a full audio voice over.

Course Duration

Approximately 3 hours to complete the course online in full.  Learn as much as you want in any session and return.  Sign up and start immediately.

Enrol at any time and learn at your own pace.  No time limit for course completion.

Course Support

Full tutor (food safety specialist) and IT support available during the course via e-mail.

Entry Requirements

No qualifications necessary.

Course Audience

All staff working in any type of catering such as hotels, restaurants, hospitals, care homes and schools.  This course gives learners a basic awareness of good hygiene and safety issues and meets food industry recommendations, with reference to employees preparing, cooking and handling food in catering settings and satisfies legal requirements for training.

Course Assessment 

Testing is continuous throughout the learning. In the event that questions are answered incorrectly online, the course will take the learner back to the relevant section and then ask the questions again.

Course Certification

This course is certificated by OCN, although it can be purchased with or without the OCN certificate.

OCN Credit4Learning (OCNOTC) is a nationally recognised external awarding body and charity and is an Access Validating Agency (AVA) licensed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education. OCN Credit4Learning is regulated by the Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA) and credits awarded by them are accepted as a means of entry to further education and university education.

Suggested Progression on Completion

Level 3 Award in Food Safety

Additional information

Access Duration: 12 months

Available for immediate enrolment: Yes

Course Duration in Minutes: 180

Level: Level 2

Purchase Options: Level 2

Suitable Devices: PC & Tablet

UK and EU law states that organisations working with food must ensure that all persons handling food receive appropriate supervision and training in food hygiene. This means that an individual can be trained by an experienced supervisor. However, the law requires that employers have evidence that individuals handling food have been trained appropriately. An up to date training certificate which demonstrates that the learner has understood the content of the training is the best form of evidence and as such has become viewed as mandatory by the food industry.

The level required depends on your job role and responsibilities;

  1. Level 1 in Food Safety – provides the basic understanding required by any food handlers to meet legal requirements for food safety. Suitable for anyone working in a food production or retail business.
  2. Level 2 in Food Safety – provides an understanding of the importance of food safety and the knowledge of safe practices and procedures. Suitable for anyone working in a catering, manufacturing or retail setting.
  3. Level 3 in Food Safety – builds on the basic knowledge of food safety best practice to provide an in-depth understanding. Suitable for supervisors and managers
  4. Level 4 in Food Safety – comprehensive understanding of the management of food safety. Suitable for quality assurance managers, food production managers, owners of food businesses and food hygiene auditors.

There is no legal requirement to renew training at a specified time. However, there is a requirement for staff to have up to date food safety knowledge in line with their work activities.

As best practice for renewing a premises food hygiene certificate is 3 years, and this involves an environmental health inspector checking that staff are appropriately trained, it has become industry practice to renew training every 3 years. However, if an employees responsibilities for handling food change or the organisation adopts a new procedure then training should be delivered at that time.

This course is certificated by OCN, although it can be purchased with or without the OCN certificate.

This award will enable the holder to demonstrate to the regulators that they have been properly trained in accordance with the national occupational standards and legal requirements.


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