The Food Hygiene – Level 2 Course has been written for anyone who is involved in, or is looking to be involved in any industry associated with food preparation. The course aims to give any staff, supervisors or managers the vital knowledge needed to offer the very best professional approach to food hygiene.

Food poisoning is often a symptom of a lack of awareness and poor food hygiene. Because of this, it is by law that anyone who handles food must receive suitable training and/or supervision in food hygiene that is appropriate to the job that they do. As most food poisoning cases are caused by simple errors, training is recognised for its vital role in improving standards of food hygiene and meeting customers' demands for safer food.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 2 Certificate of Achievement.

Course Delivery Notice: You will receive access to the course materials through an online portal for a 12-month period. Students can use the portal for accessing their course materials, submitting assignments and to log tutor questions. A hard-copy book version of the course notes are also supplied. Due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 hard-copy versions of this course are being dispatched twice a week so there may be slight delays..

The course includes the following units:

  • Unit 1 - Legislation

  • Unit 2 – What is Food Hygiene?

  • Unit 3 – Food Contamination

  • Unit 4 – Food Poisoning

  • Unit 5 – How Bacteria Multiply

  • Unit 6 – Preventing Food Poisoning

  • Unit 7 – Personal Hygiene

  • Unit 8 – Safe Food Preparation

  • Unit 9 – Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Unit 10 – Food Storage

  • Unit 11 – Waste Disposal and Pest Control

  • Unit 12 - Buildings and Equipment

Learning Outcomes:

Understand present legislation and hazard analysis in relation to good food hygiene; Explain the term "Food Hygiene" and the responsibility of their role as a food handler; Describe different types of contamination; Understand all issues involved in food poisoning and name the most common types, their source and their symptoms; Understand how bacteria multiply and explain the measures we can take to prevent this; Understand the importance of personal hygiene; Name a variety of pests, their signs and risks in the workplace; Describe the differences between cleaning and disinfecting in the workplace; and Relate design and maintenance of premises and utensils to good food hygiene.


There is no previous learning knowledge or experience required to take this course..

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.

You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period and our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of a series of tutor marked assignments together with an end of course multi-choice questionnaire, and will lead you to the Food Hygiene ABC Awards Certificate.

Coursework assignments can be returned by uploading to the online portal, by email or by post. We recommend that assignments are completed and returned as word-processed documents through the online portal. Handwritten documents can be accepted but need to be clear and legible and may be subject to a longer marking time.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that NCC has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained.

The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

The course itself has been designed by NCC to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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