Highfield’s Introduction to Allergens Course

Severe allergic reactions to food are still all too common in the UK. With around 4% of the population suffering from a food allergy, it’s crucial that anyone working in the food industry receives proper training.

Working in association with Highfields, IBA UK has the perfect solution. The Highfields e-learning Introduction to Allergens gets you and your team up to speed quickly, conveniently and cost-effectively.

The training is accredited by Allergy UK. Thanks to its efficient organisation and delivery, the course can be completed in just 1-2 hours of study.

After their staff have completed this training, catering businesses are eligible to join Allergy UK’s Allergy Aware Scheme.


This food allergy awareness training course is designed to provide food handlers, or those with responsibility for managing food handlers, with an awareness around the controls and legal responsibilities when it comes to the 14 regulated allergens.

Food businesses have a legal responsibility to ensure that the food they manufacture, produce, sell or serve is safe for the consumer to eat.

The course is accredited by Allergy UK and meets all entry requirements for recognition on their Allergy Aware Scheme.

Who should take this course?

Highfield e-learning’s Introduction to Allergens training course is suitable for food handlers and managers working with food types. From production and manufacturing through to the sale and serving of food, the course will provide an awareness of best practice when it comes to allergens and their control.

It also meets the entry requirements for catering businesses looking to join the Allergy Aware Scheme run by Allergy UK.

Course Content

  • Introduction to food allergens
  • Allergies, intolerances and coeliac disease
  • Symptoms of allergic reactions and how to respond
  • Allergens legislation
  • Food labelling requirements
  • The 14 regulated allergens
  • ‘Free from’ claims
  • Managing allergens from purchase to service
  • Providing allergen information to customers

How is this course delivered?

The course simplifies even the most complex of subjects through media and content-rich exercises that motivate and engage learners. The Introduction to Allergens course is packed with:

  • interactive exercises/gaming
  • media-rich content
  • interactive 3D scenarios
  • content provided by market leading experts
  • relevant photography and illustrations
  • multi-generational content and style

Highfield are committed to improving standards of food hygiene and safety. We produce courses that improve knowledge and, when the knowledge acquired from the course is implemented, will lead to improved levels of food hygiene, including mitigating the risks posed by allergens.

Course duration

The course will typically take 2 to 3 hours to complete, however as this allergy training is hosted online, learners can complete each module at a time and pace to suit them.

Our LMS provides comprehensive reports, including progress reports, so that trainers or managers can ensure the course is completed to suit training or business needs.


This course is accredited by Highfield Qualifications, the UK’s leading provider of regulated food safety qualifications.

The course is also accredited by Allergy UK. Allergy UK is the leading national charity providing support, advice and information for those living with allergic disease. Allergy UK also runs the Allergy Aware Scheme, an opportunity for catering outlets to demonstrate their commitment to safeguarding those with food allergies.

Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites to study this course.

Test and certification

The course is assessed by multiple-choice questions at the end of the course. Learners must score 100% in order to pass.

If the learner does not achieve 100% first time, they will be taken back to review the module with which they have struggled. They can then retry the multiple-choice questions as many times as necessary to pass the course.

Please note: this course does not provide a qualification itself but does meet mandatory training requirements. If you wish to achieve a recognised allergen qualification you must sit an exam with a recognised training provider (you can still use the e-learning as the knowledge element of the training). Find a training provider here.

You will receive an electronic copy of your certificate immediately on completion of the course.


This course features a full audio voiceover, a glossary of terms and a transcript for users that are hard of hearing.

Book This Course

To book this course, please call us on 01793 855090 or send a request to book online.

Introduction to Allergens At a Glance

  • Meets the entry requirements for Allergy UK’s Allergy Aware Scheme
  • Accredited by Allergy UK
  • Self-paced study hosted online
  • Compatible with desktop, laptop and tablet devices
  • Accessible with features including audio voiceover and transcript
  • PDF certificate available immediately on completion
  • Accredited by Highfield Qualifications, the UK’s Awarding Organisation of the Year 2018
  • Approximate duration: 1 to 2 hours

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