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Level 2 NCFE Certificate in Understanding Nutrition & Health

Part Time

Course Overview

This qualification is designed for anyone who is interested in improving their understanding of nutrition and healthy eating.

It may be particularly relevant to you if you work - or are looking to work - in Sport and Recreation, Exercise and Fitness, Hospitality and Catering or Healthcare. It will complement your other qualifications and enables you to develop within your current job role.

The qualification supports the Government White Paper ‘Healthy Lives Healthy People’ and the drive to empower individuals to make healthy choices and give communities the tools to address their own, particular needs, including the need to educate and change behaviour on diet and nutrition to reduce the prevalence of obesity.

Course Content

This course consists of the following five mandatory units, all of which need to be completed to achieve the full qualification:

  • 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 gain an understanding of the special dietary requirements of vegetarians, those with certain religious beliefs 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. In the final section learners 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.

Entry Requirement

This qualification is suitable for learners aged pre-16 and above.

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


There are no exams for this course and your learning will be assessed through the completion of coursework and assignments.

Where does this course lead to

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
  • key workers in domiciliary care services
  • home care support worker
  • healthcare assistant
  • health promotion/education worker
  • sport and exercise nutritionist
  • exercise/fitness instructor
  • hospitality services assistant
  • school cook
  • cook/chef


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
  • Intermediate/Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Catering and Professional Chefs
  • Intermediate/Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care
  • Intermediate/Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Health (Clinical Healthcare Support)

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Course Outline

Course Code: MDFL053
Study Mode: Part Time
Duration: 20 Weeks
Start Date: Anytime
Day & Time: Distance Learning
Tuition Fees: £0
Registration Fees: £0
Exam Fees: n/a
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