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Understanding Nutrition & Health Level 2

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This qualification provides learners with a range of underpinning knowledge in areas such as healthy eating, nutritional needs, weight management, eating disorders and food safety in the home environment. The qualification supports the government drive to empower individuals to make healthy choices; a key focus of which is the need to educate and change behaviour on diet and nutrition to reduce the prevalence of obesity.

Course Overview

The course is suitable for learners working in, or intending to work in, healthcare and social care. It will give them an understanding of nutrition and health, to support their role in the workplace.

You will study the following 6 mandatory units:

  • Explore principles of healthy eating

  • Consider nutritional needs of a variety of individuals

  • Use food and nutrition information to plan a healthy diet

  • The principles of weight management

  • Understanding eating disorders

  • Principles of food safety for the home environment

Each learner must create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates achievement of all the learning outcomes and assessment criteria associated with each unit. You will be allocated an assessor who will support you through the learning process and assess your work, providing advice and guidance. You would be expected to complete the programme in 16 weeks.

On completion of this course you will receive a Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health, from NCFE.

Progression Routes

This qualification could assist you in gaining the following employment opportunities:

  • Social Worker

  • Dietitian

  • Nutritionist

  • Personal Chef

Additional education opportunities include:

  • Access to HE Level 3

  • Principles of Care Planning Level 2

  • Principles of Dementia Care Level 2

  • Common Health Conditions Level 2

  • Understanding Care & Management of Diabetes Level 2

Course Fees

This course costs FREE, including exam fees.

You may be eligible for free study if you are 23 or under and this is your first full Level 2 or 3 course. Alternatively, if you are unemployed, receiving an eligible benefit, and taking the course to help you find employment.

You may also be entitled to additional financial support including course materials, uniforms, and childcare expenses depending upon your individual circumstances. Read more about Financial Support for adults.

How to Apply

If you would like to enquire about or enrol onto this course, please click 'Enquire’ or ‘Enrol’ at the top of the page, follow the steps, and our Admissions Team will be in touch with you

For more information, advice and guidance please phone Student & Learning Services on 01524 521385 or 0800 306306 or email

Course code: B34133-A2A