Level 2 Food safety

Level 2 Food Safety – Catering

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This Level 2 Food Safety – Catering course meets the regulations for food handlers in the United  Kingdom & recognised internationally.

Approved by CPD, Gatehouse Awards, Institute of Hospitality & IIRSM

This Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety course is a legal requirement for anyone handling, preparing, or serving food in the catering industry. You’ll learn the principles of food hygiene, working safely, and protecting food from contamination. This course covers food safety legislation, hazards from delivery to service, risk control, pest, premises, and people management.

In the catering industry, it is a legal requirement for all food handlers to possess an all-inclusive understanding of food hygiene principles and work safely to prevent contamination. This Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety course are tailored for those who have a central role in food preparation and handling and who frequently handle, prepare, or serve food.

Our Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety (Catering) course will guide you on your legal responsibilities and best practices for controlling food safety hazards, managing temperatures, storing food, maintaining personal and premises hygiene, and waste disposal. Through interactive exercises, written text, and video content, you will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to comply with food hygiene laws and keep people safe.

Maintaining premises hygiene, personal hygiene, controlling risks, managing pests, and waste disposal is critical to food safety. Understanding the latest food safety principles will enhance the quality of your service, whether you’re a self-employed caterer, chef, or waiter.

This Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering course benefit everyone working in the catering or food processing industry, including individuals and multiple staff members. It allows every catering business, regardless of size, to provide its staff with essential and compliant training.

This course is open to all candidates, regardless of prior experience or qualifications, and there are no age limits. Get started today and ensure compliance with food hygiene laws.


This Level 2 Food Safety – Catering online course is approved by:

 CPD certification service :

The CPD certification service helps organisations to formalise their expertise into a structured and recognised approach in learning. This conforms the course content is alilgned to the universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

Gatehouse Awards Ltd. : 

It is an industry leading Awarding Organisation recognised by Ofqaul. Approval from Gatehouse Awards Ltd. ensures that the course and the qualification is regulated by Ofqual in the UK, recognised by employers, government authorities and universities worldwide. It also suggests that the course content is valid, reliable and consistent, conforming to the highest quality standards. It recognises that the course contains clear and easily understandable delivery instructions and guidance.

Institute of Hospitality:

This is a professional body for managers and aspiring managers working and studying in hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors. The institute helps the managers to become the most demanded manaagers within the industry. This recognition makes this course demanding for accomodation managers, catering managers, chef, conference centre managers, event managers, fast food restaurant managers, hotel managers, public house managers, restaurant managers, retail managers and even for apprentices.


International Institute of Risk and Safety Management(IIRSM)is an independent professional membership organisation for those managing risks of all forms as a part of their job role. The organisation works with representatives from all risk disciplines from compliance, environmental management, health and safety, insurance, quality management and more. They work by championoing risk management through setting standards, providing practical education, training, advice and resources.


At the end of this Level 2 Food Safety – Catering course, you will be able to:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of your responsibilities and your employer’s obligations under UK and EU regulations.
  • – Identify a range of hazards, including microbiological, physical, chemical, and allergenic, and understand the crucial importance of controlling contamination.
  • – Master the art of safe food storage, including recognising the differences between ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ dates and perfecting stock rotation techniques.
  • – Become adept at preparing food safely, from thawing to cooking, cooling, reheating, and hot-holding, all while understanding the proper food temperature ranges.
  • – Learn the ins and outs of personal hygiene, including the correct way to wash your hands.
  • – Ensure your premises are designed to reduce hazards, with a keen awareness of cleaning and pest control responsibilities.

The Level 2 Awards in Food Safety are ideal for individuals working in the food industry specifically in catering, manufacturing, or retail settings where food is prepared, cooked, and handled, including but not limited to:


  • Chefs / Cooks

  • Bartenders

  • Front of House staff

  • Catering Assistants

  • Midday Assistants

  • Kitchen Assistants

  • Food and drink manufacturers

  • Teachers

  • Support / Care Workers

  • Charity Workers

  • Baristas

  • Child Minders / Nursery Assistants


This training is suitable for anyone employed in hotels, restaurants, takeaways, cafes, bars, fast food outlets, supermarkets, fish & chip shops, hospitals, guest houses, care organizations, prisons, schools, and colleges, or any other location where food is prepared.

Module: 1 Food Safety Legislation

Covers food safety legislation, including food hygiene laws and employer responsibilities. 


Module: 2 Hazards from Delivery to Service

Addresses hazards during food delivery and service, emphasising the importance of proper storage and handling techniques. 


Module : 3 Risk Control (Prevention of Contamination)

Focuses on preventing food contamination. It covers identifying potential sources of contamination, implementing proper hygiene practices, and maintaining a clean and sanitary food service environment. The module emphasises the importance of taking preventive measures to ensure food safety and minimise the risk of foodborne illnesses.


Module: 4 Pests, Premises and People

Focuses on maintaining a clean environment by covering pest control measures, cleaning techniques, and employee hygiene.



At the end of the course there is a multiple-choice exam. The required pass mark for all modules is 75%. It is essential to achieve the requried pass mark to issue a certificate.

Retake information :

You will be given 3 attempts at each module. If a module is failed on the third attempt,
it will become locked and you need to contact us for the module to be
unlocked again. You are only permitted up to 3 extra attempts per

You can take the exam up to 3 times, and if not successful, should repay the course fee and start again.

Course Duration:

75 minutes (Note: This is based on the amount of video content shown and is rounded off.

It does not account in any way for loading time or thinking time on the questions).

After successful completion ofthe course the learner will achieve a Certification of Completion from Course Central and Achievement Certificate.
Your can order printed course certificate to be delivered by post.  Once successfully the order is placed you can expect the certificates to arrive within 5-7 working days in UK and Europe. For rest of the world it can take upto 12 working days.


This entirely online course can be accessed from any device with the following system specifications:

    Browser: Up to date web browser
    • Video: Up to date video drivers

    • Memory: 1Gb+ RAM

    • Download Speed: Broadband (3Mb+)


Try before you buy

You can always check the first module of our course for free

Course FAQ

An approved course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Approved courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification. However, the Certificate of Completion and Transcript for the course showing the awarding body’s logo  confirms that you have the best knowledge and skill for the job role.


There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it is advised have at least Level 1 understanding for a Level 2 course  and  a Level 2 understanding for a Level 3 course. This helps to contextualise the content delivered through the course and ensure effective learning.

Having a minimum literacy, numeracy, English  as the course content in mainly in Enfglish.

A basic understanding of how to use a website through your device to access, attend and complete assessments will benefit the user.


Your course will be assigned to you within 24 hours upon successful completion of your purchase.

CPD is your Continuous Professional Development, an investment you make in yourself. It helps to keep your skills and knowledge up to date to prepare yourself for the greater responsibilities you want. We have a range of CPD courses for you to complete online.

Once you achive 70% pass mark for all modules you’ll be able to see your digital certificate straightaway. We can email you the digital certificate within 24 hours. It is essential to achieve the requried pass mark to issue a certificate.

You can take the exam up to 3 times, and if not successful, should repay the course fee and start again.

We also have option for you to order printed course certificate to be delivered by post to your work or home address.  Once successfully the order is placed you can expect the certificates to arrive within 5-7 working days in UK and Europe. For rest of the world it can take upto 12 working days.

You can always buy this course for your team members. Please let us know about your business training needs. You also gift this course to your family and friends. Just let us know after successful purchase of the course.

This course will aid refresher training. It will give evidence of an understanding for staff induction. It will evidence awareness and improve your knowledge supporting your current skillset.

How this course works?

Step 1: Purchase and payment
Choose all necessary courses and follow our checkout process to pay using your Debit or Credit card.

Step 2: Course Access

Upon successful payment, please look for an email from [email protected] for your course access detail. For single-course purchases, you'll have unique access details. When you purchase more courses, they will be added to your account.
If you purchase multiple courses for your team, all the access details will be emailed to the team members.

Step 3: Certificate

Once you complete your course, you'll receive a PDF certificate instantly. However, you can order the printed certificate, and we will send a hard copy of your certificate to your UK postal address. This might take 5-7 working days, although we will try to deliver it as soon as possible.

Please note: if your company pays by invoice, we can only issue certificates after your order has been fully paid.

Step 4: Support

Our friendly Learner support team is happy to help at any stage of your course. Call us on 0203 488 1760 (Mon - Fri: 10 pm - 4 pm | Excluding Bank Holidays) or contact [email protected]. Alternatively, have a look into our support page for useful information and guidance to complete your course.

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