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NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health

This qualification is designed for a wide range of learners with some existing knowledge of this area who are interested in improving their understanding of nutrition and healthy eating. These may be learners who wish to access this training with a view to progress to further qualifications or employment within Sport and Recreation, Exercise and Fitness, Hospitality and Catering or Healthcare. It complements other qualifications and enables learners to develop within their current job role within these sector areas.


Entry requirements

Learners must be aged over 19 and have lived in the EU for the past three years. 

There are no specific prior qualifications needed to access this qualification.

What you'll learn

This is a QCF qualification with the following mandatory units:

Explore principles of healthy eating

This unit starts by looking 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. Learners will also gain an understanding of healthy food preparation.

Consider nutritional needs of a variety of individuals

This unit encourages learners to look at how nutritional needs vary with age. Learners will gain an understanding of the special dietary requirements of vegetarians, those with different religious and cultural requirements and those 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 that is provided on food labels and how this may be used to 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. Learners will also 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.

Understanding eating disorders

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

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.


What's next?

This qualification can support progression to employment and progression within employment for the following job roles and workers:

care assistant or worker

personal care assistant

support worker (supported living)

key workers in domiciliary care services

home care support worker

healthcare support service worker

healthcare assistant

health education/promotion worker

sport and exercise nutritionist

exercise/fitness instructor

hospitality services assistant

school cook


This qualification supports progression to further learning in the following areas:

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery

Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles

Level 2 Diploma in Exercise, Health and Fitness Instructing

Level 2 Diploma in Health and Fitness

Level 2 and 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care

Level 2 and 3 Certificate for Working in the Health Sector

Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery

Intermediate and Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Catering and Professional Chefs

Intermediate and Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care

Intermediate and Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Health (Clinical Healthcare Support)




Work books, on-line or paper based.