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Nutrition and Health - Level 2 Certificate

Learn to live a happier, healthier & better informed life

This qualification is designed for learners who are interested in improving their understanding of nutrition and health. Gain a level 2 certificate on successful completion.

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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

About 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.

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Simple answer – if you meet the eligibility criteria below, then, yes! No fee, no card details and no trial periods… 

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Eligibility Criteria

Receive an accredited NCFE CACHE certificate

The certificate is a record of achievement and your reward for completing a nationally recognised qualification.

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The free online course is split into manageable units

To be awarded the Level 2 Certificate in Nutrition and Health, learners must successfully complete all course 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.

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Is the course definitely free?

If you meet the eligibility criteria then YES!

We connect you with learning providers that use government funding, in the form of the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and the Adult Educational Budget (AEB).

When can I start the free online course?

You can start as soon as your enrolment form and induction have been completed.

The process takes under 10 minutes!

How long will the free online course take?

The courses are designed to allow learners to fit their learning around their employment obligations and can be completed in a number of weeks or months, depending on the level. Our shorter courses are often completed within 3 weeks, whilst our longer lasting courses can take up to 3 months.

Is it all online?

Yes! All of our free courses are 100% online.

Is the qualification recognised by employers?

All of our courses are accredited by UK government-recognised awarding bodies. These include NCFE CACHE and TQUK, with whom we work closely to ensure our existing courses, and all new ones, meet approved standards of excellence and are certified as such. NCFE CACHE and TQUK are national awarding organisations that design, develops and certifies nationally recognised qualifications and awards.

All qualifications are regulated by Ofqual and are the perfect way to boost any CV.

How many free online courses can I take?

You can only take one course at a time but you can take up to 7 in one academic year.

Do I need to sit an Exam?

No, there are no exams, all courses require you to complete assessment questions based on the knowledge you have just gained from the units.

Why am I required to upload such personal information?

The courses we offer are all funded qualifications, meaning you need to be eligible for government funding in order to secure your a place. This information is a funding requirement and proves your eligibility.

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