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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health

Course Overview

Our level 2 certificate in understanding nutrition and health is great for both individuals interested in nutrition and health, as well as employers looking for health training courses for their staff. This certificate in understanding nutrition and health provides training in 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.

The effects of diet are felt throughout the body, from the way we look to our mental health so knowing how to maintain a healthy diet is important.

This course is equivalent to a level 5 in Scotland based on the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework.

Key Information

Course Length
8 to 12 weeks

Course Level
Level 2

Awarding Body
(E-certificates upon achievement)

Learning Method(s)
Online materials
Online assessment

For Individuals


  • Fully- online learning materials and assessments
  • Study from anywhere, at any time
  • Gain an accredited level 2 qualification
  • Equivalent to a Scottish level 6 based on the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework
  • Nationally recognised
  • Access to an award-winning e-learning platform
  • Perfect for beginners
  • Unlimited support from qualified tutors
  • Receive a digital e-certificate upon completion
  • No hidden costs

Cost and Funding Information

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Unit 1: Explore the principles of healthy eating

Explore what a healthy diet is and how the diet affects health. 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

Explore how nutritional needs alter with age from children up to older people, looking specifically at dietary requirements for these demographics. Additionally, learn the factors that create barriers to a healthy lifestyle.

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

Develop an awareness of food labels and how this can be used to plan healthier meals and encourage a healthier diet. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of food additives and evaluate your own diet.

Unit 4: The principles of weight management

Explore the risks associated with ineffective weight management and how to implement effective methods of weight management. 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

Study different eating disorders and their effect on health and well-being. Explore 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

Learn how to implement food safety in a safe environment, avoid contamination and identify hazards. As well as develop an understanding of the importance of personal hygiene when handling food.