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Certificate in Food Hygiene QLS Level 3

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Level 3 Food Hygiene

Get your career on the fast track to success starting today, with this exclusive Level 3 Food Hygiene and Safety Certificate. CPD Courses is proud to present this fully endorsed Food and Hygiene Level 3 training course, now open for enrolment with no prior knowledge or experience required.

Careers in the UK’s food sector are ideal for hardworking candidates, looking to transform their ambition into a rewarding career for life.  The food sector is one of the largest and most diverse employers in the UK, creating millions of jobs for candidates from all backgrounds.  The hospitality sector alone employees more than 3.2 million people in various capacities, while the food and drink manufacturing sector creates a further 440,000 jobs.  The combined annual turnover of these two sub-segments of the industry is more than £230 billion.  Employers are constantly on the lookout for new and talented individuals to add to their ranks at a variety of levels.  Whatever your professional and academic background to date, a career in the food sector could be just the thing to maximise your potential.

This endorsed is now open for enrolment at CPD Courses.  Each of the nine in-depth modules covers a different topic or knowledge area, including food handling and storage, an introduction to food poisoning, allergen labelling responsibilities in food manufacturing and more. On-demand tutor support is available throughout and there are no deadlines or time restrictions imposed. Enjoy the freedom to study in your own time at a pace to suit your lifestyle, from any location worldwide.

Sign up online and gain immediate access to our digital learning platform, or contact our admissions team today if you have any questions.

Course Syllabus

CPD Courses exclusively offers the web’s the most flexible and accessible distance learning programs, ideal for ambitious candidates pursuing successful careers.  Our exclusive Level 3 Food Hygiene and Safety Certificate incorporates nine engaging modules, each concluding with an online assessment for submission to your assigned tutor:

Module 1 - Introduction to Food Safety

A detailed introduction to the basics of food safety is provided in the first module, outlining the most important principles of food safety and the importance of prioritising food safety in the workplace.  Candidates also consider the recent history of food safety and the extent to which food safety is approached in different ways in different parts of the world.

Module 2 - What is Food Hygiene

The role personal hygiene plays in ensuring the safety of food is discussed in the second module, which examines the risks posed by food poisoning and the steps that should be taken to prevent it.  Factors that can increase food poisoning risk and pose a major threat to the health of the product’s consumer are also discussed.

Module 3 - The 4Cs of Food Hygiene

Module Three brings the ‘4Cs’ food hygiene methodology into discussion, highlighting the importance of monitoring effective cleaning, cooking, chilling and cross-contamination prevention standards at work.  Learners also consider the cooking times and temperatures needed to ensure food items are safe for consumption.

Module 4 – Microbiology

Candidates then study the potential consequences of consuming spoiled or contaminated food, as part of an overview of the basics of food safety microbiology.  Course content covers the different types of organisms and how they impact food safety, long with how bacteria and pathogen growth can be inhibited or halted to protect the consumer.

Module 5 - Food Poisoning

A more detailed examination of food poisoning follows in the fifth module, in which candidates learn how to differentiate between bacterial food poisoning and Chemical Food poisoning. The causes and effects of various types of foodborne illnesses are discussed, along with the responsibility of the food industry worker to prevent foodborne illness.

Module 6 - Pest Control

Spotting the signs of pest infestation follows in Module Six, which discusses several common types of pest infestations and their potential consequences.  Foodborne illness attributed to pest infestation is also discussed, along with steps that can and should be taken to prevent infestation from occurring in the first place.

Module 7 - Food Handling & Food Storage

Module Seven brings safe food handling practices into discussion, with a more in-depth look at cooking, holding and chilling temperatures to ensure food products are safe for consumption.  Candidates are also introduced to the concept of potentially hazardous foods, and how they should be stored/prepared to ensure their safety.

Module 8 - Packaging and Labelling

Learners are then presented with an overview of the legislation that makes clear and informative product labelling a legal requirement. The kind of information that needs to be presented clearly on food product packaging is detailed and discussed, along with how to ensure the customer is provided with an accurate nutritional declaration.

Module 9 - Transporting Food Safely

The course concludes with a look at the safe transportation of food products, with tips and guidelines for preventing spoilage and avoiding cross-contamination while in transit.  Considerations relevant to different forms of transportation are also discussed, along with the importance of careful temperature control throughout the journey.

Career Path

Anyone looking to build a successful lifelong career in the food industry needs an established understanding of the fundamentals of food safety.  This applies to all food workers at all levels, from entry-level members of the workforce through to senior managers and business owners. This exclusive Level 3 Food Hygiene and Safety Certificate comes highly recommended to anyone who works with food in any capacity.  Just a few typical job titles in the food industry include Catering Manager, Food Production Worker, Counter Server, Human Resource Manager, Product Development Lead, Food Production Worker, Human Resource Manager, Restaurant General Manager and many more besides.

Who Shoud Take This Course

CPD Courses offers a diverse range of premium online training programs for newcomers and experienced food sector personnel. Our endorsed Level 3 Food Safety and Hygiene Certificate was created by a team of experienced industry experts with the following candidates in mind:


  • Newcomers pursuing entry-level positions within the food sector
  • Existing members of the workforce pursuing promotion opportunities
  • Anyone who owns or runs a food business of any kind
  • Entrepreneurs considering starting new food businesses 
  • All workers in restaurants, bars, cafes and catering environments
  • Jobseekers looking to gain an edge over rival candidates

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 3
Duration 200 Hours
Endorsement Body Endorsed by Quality Licence Scheme

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