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Nutrition and Health Level 2

Online FREE course to help you improve your understanding of health and wellbeing



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Fully funded by the Skills Funding Agency

Study method
15 weeks · Self-paced
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health (RQF)
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health (RQF)
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  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students


Are you looking to gain a better knowledge of Nutrition and Health? Do you want to upskill and have a certificate to add to your CV?

Gain an understanding of the impact that food and diet has on health and gain a nutrition-related qualification as an addition to your current skillset.

  • Learn about how diet affects a person’s health, focusing on the five major food groups
  • Gain a practical insight into effective weight management
  • Understand more about different types of eating disorders
  • Discover how nutritional needs vary according to an individual’s age


Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health (RQF)

Awarded by Innovate Awarding
Regulated by Ofqual

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health (RQF)

Awarded by NCFE CACHE
Regulated by Ofqual

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Unit 1: The principles of healthy eating

Learning topics:

  • Linking diet and health
  • Components of a healthy diet
  • The role of nutrients
  • Principles of healthy food preparation

Unit 2: The nutritional needs of individuals

Learning topics:

  • Nutritional needs of children and young people
  • Nutritional needs of older people
  • Special dietary requirements
  • Barriers to healthy eating

Unit 3: Planning a healthy diet

Learning topics:

  • Understanding food labelling
  • Understanding food additives
  • Applying principles of healthy eating

Unit 4: Principles of weight management

Learning topics:

  • Risks associated with ineffective weight management
  • Body image and weight management
  • Planning a short-term weight management programme

Unit 5: Understanding eating disorders

Learning topics:

  • Different eating disorders
  • Causes of eating disorders
  • How eating disorders affect the individual and others
  • Managing eating disorders

Unit 6: Principles of food safety for the home environment

Learning topics:

  • Handling food safely
  • Personal hygiene when handling food
  • Storing food safely
  • Effect of food storage on nutritional value
  • Keeping food work areas clean
  • Checking food is cooked to the correct temperature
  • Disposing of food waste safely

Who is this course for?

For people looking to work as a nutritionist or wanting to enhance their performance in their current role by providing a better advice on leading a healthy lifestyle.


To be eligible for a free place you must be:

  • 19 or over at the start of the current academic year 31st August
  • Resident of England only and does not cover Northern Ireland or Wales
  • UK or EU resident of three years or longer or outside of the EU be able to provide Visa Evidence
  • Your employment status or prior level of qualification may affect your eligibility to study with some colleges.
  • You are able to complete the course regardless if you are working or receiving benefits. If you receive benefits, you will be asked to provide evidence in the form a current award letter.

Career path

This course will enable you to start your career as a nutritionist, dietician or personal trainer. You will explore how good nutrition enhances wellbeing, and can help manage or prevent disease.


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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.