Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health

Interested in studying one of our health and nutrition courses? This qualification aims to improve your understanding of nutrition and health, covering factors such as the principles of healthy eating and weight management, nutrition in the context of eating disorders and how to prepare food safely in a home environment.

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Unit 1: Explore the principles of healthy eating

In this unit you will explore what a healthy diet is and how your diet directly affects your general health. You will also examine various lifestyle diseases, the role different nutrients play in assisting how your body functions and learn how to plan a healthy meal and prepare food safely.

Unit 2: Consider the nutritional needs of a variety of individuals

This unit looks at how nutritional needs alter with age from children up to older people, and focuses on the specific dietary requirements of these demographics. You will also learn the factors that create barriers to a healthy lifestyle.

Unit 3: Use food and nutrition information to plan a healthy diet

In this unit you will gain an increased awareness of the information that is provided on food labels and how this can be used to plan healthier meals and encourage a healthier diet. You will also look at the advantages and disadvantages of food additives and evaluate your own diet.

Unit 4: The principles of weight management

This unit explores the risks associated with ineffective weight management and highlights how to implement effective methods of weight management. You will look at how societal demands for a particular body image can negatively influence weight management and how to plan a short-term weight management programme that works for you.

Unit 5: Understanding eating disorders

In this unit you will study different eating disorders and their effect on health and well-being. You will also look in more detail at the complex connection between food and feelings and how to access information and support in relation to eating disorders.

Unit 6: Principles of food safety for the home environment

This unit will cover how to implement food safety in a safe environment, avoid contamination and identify hazards. You will also learn about the importance of personal hygiene when handling food.

The benefits of this course include:

  • Learn from your own home, in your own time
  • Achieve a nationally recognised level 2 qualification
  • Access to award-winning learning and assessment materials
  • Subject specialist support from a Tutor and access to a Learner Support Advisor for everyday queries
  • Funding available – speak to one of our team for more information and to see if you are eligible.

  • This qualification could assist you in gaining the following employment opportunities and potential salaries:

    Nutritionist – up to £35,000 per annum.

    Chef – up to £36,000 per annum.

    Full cost Direct debit Fully funded
    £299 Initial payment of £29.90, 3 monthly payments of £89.70 To be eligible you must:
  • Be 19 or over
  • Have lived in the European Union for the past three years
  • Not be a current learner with The Skills Network or another provider
  • Learners must reside in England or Scotland
  • NOT have done the course of interest before.

  • Key Information

    Funding Funded
    (Subject to availability)
    Course Price £299.00
    Course Length 8-12 weeks
    average course length
    Awarding Body TQUK
    E-Certificates upon achievement
    Learning Method(s)

    Online learning
    materials with
    online assessment

    Paper based
    learning materials
    with online assessment

    Direct Debit

    Most recent customer reviews

    Cheryl Newton

    1 year ago

    "I had a great experience and the staff were really helpful when I fell behind with my course due to moving."

    Cheryl wanted to study this course to develop her understanding of nutrition and health, and how the foods you eat can affect your health. Cheryl liked that the course was flexible and that she could fit it around her busy schedule.

    'I have always been interested in how what you eat can affect your health.'
    'Flexible study you can fit around a busy life. Gaining new knowledge which you can apply in the future.'
    'I had a great experience and the staff were really helpful when I fell behind with my course due to moving.'

    William Edwards

    1 year ago

    "I needed a couple of extensions as I was really busy with work and the customer service was amazing!"

    William chose to study this course in order to brush up his knowledge of nutrition and health. Whilst studying the course, William found that he needed an extension on some of his assessments due to work commitments and he felt that his LSA (Learner Support Advisor) was really helpful with providing him with more time.

    'I wanted to brush up on my skills and learn new things'
    'Lots of benefits, learned loads about anatomy and nutrition.'
    'Loved it, I needed a couple of extensions as I was really busy with work and the customer service was amazing!'

    Abby Jennings

    2 years ago

    "It's also free, which is brilliant!"

    Abby decided to study this course to develop her current knowledge of employee well-being. She has now completed her third course with us, and plans to provide other colleagues with her newly found knowledge.

    'In my job I focus on employee well-being, so I have taken a few courses that will give me more knowledge to help others on this topic. It's also free, which is brilliant!'
    'I've done three courses and they've been easy to follow, had good timelines, and are free and informative.'

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