Nutrition and Health

This qualification is designed for learners who are interested in improving their understanding of nutrition and health.


Fully-funded via the UK Government in the form of the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

  • Free online course


  • Course duration

    6 weeks

  • Support

    Expert tutor support available

  • Experience

    No previous knowledge is required or assumed

  • Awarding body

    NCFE or TQUK depending on location and training provider

Overview of Nutrition and Health

Qualification aims

This qualification aims to:

  • Increase understanding of the principles of healthy eating and the role of food in maintaining health
  • Increase confidence in planning and achieving a healthy diet
  • Provide an understanding of how an individual’s dietary requirements change throughout their life
  • Provide an understanding of food labelling and the ability to use information from food labels
  • Provide information on eating disorders
  • Increase understanding of the role of a healthy diet for weight management
  • Increase understanding of the principles of food safety in a home environment

Understanding nutrition and health

The number of obese people in the UK has more than trebled in the last 25 years, reaching what many doctors believe to be ‘epidemic’ proportions.

Insufficient nutrition can lead to a variety of health-threatening conditions; understanding the benefits of a balanced diet and the role of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease is fundamental.

Course units

To be awarded the Level 2 Certificate in Nutrition and Health, learners are required to successfully complete 6 mandatory units:

Explore principles of healthy eating

This unit looks at how diet affects a person’s health.

Learners then look at how the 5 food groups contribute to a healthy diet and the role of different nutrients in maintaining health.

The final section provides learners with an understanding of healthy food preparation.

Consider nutritional needs of a variety of individuals

This unit encourages staff to look at how nutritional needs vary with age.

Learners gain an understanding of the special dietary requirements of people following a vegetarian diet, people with certain cultural requirements, and people with allergies.

They also gain an awareness of the factors that create barriers to healthy eating.

Use food and nutrition information to plan a healthy diet

In this unit learners gain an awareness of the information provided on food labels and how this may be used to help plan a healthy diet.

They will learn the facts behind nutritional claims on food labels and will consider the advantages and disadvantages of using food additives.

In the final section staff evaluate their own diet and make recommendations for improvement.

The principles of weight management

This unit aims to give learners an understanding of weight management and how to plan a short-term weight management programme.

Principles of food safety for the home environment

This unit gives learners an understanding of different types of eating disorders, how they develop, and their effect on health and well-being.

Principles of food safety for the home environment

In this unit learners will understand food safety in a home environment.

They will investigate safe handling of food, food storage and food disposal.

They will also look at correct cooking temperatures to ensure food is safe to eat.


Get certified

Gain a nationally recognised level 2 accredited certificate.

Qualification benefits

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Course sample

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Been in the UK or EU for three years for purposes other than study.


19+ at the start of the academic year.


  • Not on an apprenticeship.
  • Not completed any part of the course before.
  • 19-23-year-olds must have a level 2 or higher prior to attainment.

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