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Certificate in Food Hygiene QLS Level 1

Course Overview

Food and Hygiene Course

Find your place in the thriving food industry, with this the help of this introductory Food and Hygiene Course! CPD Courses is proud to offer a range of endorsed training programs for newcomers, including this basic food hygiene course Level 1 Award.

The UK’s food sector is bursting with incredible career opportunities for ambitious candidates.  It is a uniquely diverse and accommodating sector, which welcomes hardworking candidates from all backgrounds.  It is also a sector that is committed to championing career development from within, paving the way for regular promotion opportunities for those who stand out in their field.  Job openings within the food sector range from entry-level workforce positions to senior leadership and executive roles. With no prior knowledge or experience, it’s possible to progress from new recruit to team leader (or higher) within a couple of years. The sector is also renowned for its flexibility in terms of working hours and contractual obligations, with options available to suit all lifestyles.  Whether pursuing your first job within the food sector or ready to take the next step up the leadership ladder, this endorsed Level 1 Food Hygiene and Safety Award comes highly recommended!

CPD Courses specialises in flexible and affordable distance learning opportunities of the highest quality. This exclusive Level 1 Food Hygiene and Safety Award provides an entry-level introduction to the theory and practical skills needed to work safely with all types of food products.  Each of the three self-paced modules covers a different topic and concludes with an online assessment.  Once again, there are no time restrictions or deadlines imposed, so you are free to study at a time and pace to suit your schedule.

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Course Syllabus

At CPD Courses, our portfolio of food safety programs is open to anyone looking to take their career a step further.  With no prior knowledge or experience required, this entry-level Food Hygiene and Safety Award is suitable for newcomers, covering the following topics and knowledge areas:

Module 1 - Introduction to Food Safety

The importance of adopting a proactive approach to food safety is discussed in the first module, discussing who takes responsibility for food safety and how inadequate food safety can have devastating consequences.  Learners are presented with the fundamentals of food safety, along with a series of potential risks that can jeopardise the safety of food products.

Module 2 - What is Food Hygiene?

An introduction to the concept of the ‘food poisoning chain’ follows in the second module, which examines the links between substandard hygiene and elevated food poisoning risk.  Candidates also consider the importance of good personal hygiene standards, along with the various contamination risks that pose a threat to food products prior to consumption.

Module 3 - The 4Cs of Food Hygiene

The course concludes with a detailed look at the ‘4Cs’ food hygiene methodology, in which candidates learn how food safety standards are reliant on adequate cleaning, cooking, chilling and cross-contamination prevention.  Several sample cooking temperatures and times for specific food products are also provided, to ensure they are safe to consume

Career Path

From entry-level food packers to senior managers and business owners, food safety and hygiene is the responsibility of all employees within the sector. The teachings of this Level 1 Food Hygiene and Safety Award therefore have universal relevance to new and experienced candidates from all backgrounds. Whether pursuing promotion at work or simply looking to run your own food business more effectively, our endorsed online courses come highly recommended. This introductory course could also pave the way for more advanced studies at diploma-level, if looking to continue your education upon completion.

Who Shoud Take This Course

CPD Courses is proud to offer the web’s most flexible and accommodating online training courses, open for enrolment 365 days a year.  This exclusive Level 1 Food Hygiene and Safety Award may prove of particular interest to the following applicants:

  • Newcomers looking to secure their first job in the food sector
  • Employees pursuing promotion with their current employers
  • Team leaders, senior managers, executives and business owners
  • Entrepreneurs interested in establishing new food businesses
  • Anyone looking to boost their skills, knowledge and confidence
  • Jobseekers working on their CVs and employment prospects

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

This course and/or training programme has been endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme for its high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course and/or training programme is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. Your training provider will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit the Learner FAQs on the Quality Licence Scheme website.

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Course at QLS Level 1
Duration 80 Hours
Endorsement Body Endorsed by Quality Licence Scheme

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Its very convenient, I have time to go through the materials and make the assessment when I have time next to work. I get feedback always within couple of days.
I get very useful materials, the course is really about the topic, very detailed and connected to reality.

Cser Aliz
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I do like a part dedicated to the practice in your studying material, that prevents from a passive reading of the material and helps to apply a new knowledge right now or at least to try to do it. As well, it's a great technique to memorise new material, because I did remember my answers to your questions in the texts. I've just started my course so maybe later I can provide and share with you more my insights I'll discover. 

Makota Anna
Diploma in Diet and Nutrition - Level 5


  • Easy to approach instruction
  • Very organised and helpful Tutor at any time.
  • The way my teacher presented the course information by hitting the main points
  • Great teacher, who knows the material
  • I am confident that I firmly understand Nutrition and diet from my teacher's teaching
  • The improvement of course material related to tests
  • He gives good notes
  • The quizzes and online assignments are very helpful for the tests and questions clearly explained.
  • My teacher follows up with my work and many more my list is endless and its my pleasure.

Atim Grace