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NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health

Key course information

Health and Social Care


16 weeks

Part time

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Course Overview

Whether you are working in a health or social care environment or as a personal trainer, an understanding of nutrition and health is essential. This qualification aims to increase your understanding of the principles of healthy eating and the role of food in maintaining health. You’ll increase your confidence in planning and achieving a healthy diet, and understand how an individual’s dietary requirements can change throughout their life. You’ll gain an understanding in food labelling, and be introduced to eating disorders. The course also covers the role of a healthy diet for weight management, and the principles of food safety in a home environment, enabling you to progress onto other qualifications in this area, or further your areer in healthcare, sport and leisure or hospitality and catering.

What will I learn?

Tailor your learning to your lifestyle with this distance-learning course, which covers six mandatory units. These explore the principles of healthy eating, introducing you to the nutritional needs of a variety of individuals. You’ll learn how to use food and nutrition information to plan a healthy diet, come to grips with the principles of weight management and begin to understand eating disorders. You’ll also cover the essential principles of food safety for the home environment.

Entry Requirements

• Learners must be aged 19 years or over as at the start of the academic year (31st August).
• Must have lived in the UK or EU for the last three years.
• Must currently reside in England, in a post code outside of the Mayor of London, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley, West Midlands and the North of Tyne Combined Authority NTCA.
• If aged 19-23, must hold a full Level 2 qualification or above in any subject (e.g., QCF Diploma Level 2, five GCSEs/O Levels grade A-C, two or three AS Levels, CSE grade 1 5 or more, one A Level, QCF Certificate, GNVQ Intermediate, First Diploma, NVQ Level 2, First Certificate or Principle of Learning Level 2).
• If aged 24+ no qualifications are required.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

This is a distance learning course. This means learners do not have to attend college for lessons or sessions with a tutor.

You are given a personal log in to e-assessor, where you will submit your work for each unit.

The allotted time for each learner to complete this course is 4 months.

Additional Costs and Information

• This course is free however, we do have a £130 withdrawal charge if learners do not complete.
• Learners can only complete one NCFE course at a time.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care. Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Health (Clinical Healthcare Support) (England)

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