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Understanding Nutrition & Health (distance learning) - NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate

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This qualification is designed for learners with some knowledge of this area who are interested in improving their understanding of nutrition and health.

What the course is about

This qualification provides you with a range of underpinning knowledge in areas such as healthy eating, nutritional needs, weight management, eating disorders and food safety in the home environment. The qualification supports the Government drive to empower individuals to make healthy choices, a key focus of which is the need to educate and change behaviour on diet and nutrition to reduce the prevalence of obesity. This qualification aims to:

  • Increase understanding of the principles of healthy eating and the role of food in maintaining health

  • Increase confidence in planning and achieving a healthy diet

  • Provide an understanding of how an individual's dietary requirements change throughout their life

  • Provide an understanding of food labelling and the ability to use information from food labels

  • Provide information on eating disorders

  • Increase understanding of the role of a healthy diet for weight management

  • Increase understanding of the principles of food safety in a home environment

The objectives of this qualification are to:

  • Give individuals working or intending to work in settings such as Sport and Recreation, Exercise and Fitness, Hospitality and Catering or Healthcare, an understanding of nutrition and health to support their role in the workplace

  • Enable individuals to progress to other qualifications in this subject area, or within the wider area of healthcare, sport and leisure or hospitality and catering

This is a distance learning qualification course where you will use textbooks and complete assessment activity electronically. You will be supported by a tutor who will provide feedback (electronically) on your progress and will suggest other learning activities to help you develop the knowledge and understanding you require to successfully complete the qualification. The textbook material provided has been developed to provide the information you need to develop your knowledge and understanding to meet a specific range of learning outcomes. These outcomes are also mapped to National Occupational Standards, so you can be sure that what you are learning is relevant to the workplace. You will plan a programme of study around your other life commitments. Distance learning material can be studied at any time and in any location where you can access a PC, laptop or tablet, and broadband. You should aim to complete your course in 6 months although it may be possible to achieve this earlier if you have more time to spend on study. Qualification content To be awarded the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health, you are required to successfully complete 6 mandatory units. These are:

  • Explore principles of healthy eating (5 credits)

  • Consider nutritional needs of a variety of individuals (4 credits)

  • Use food and nutrition information to plan a healthy diet (3 credits)

  • The principles of weight management (1 credit)

  • Understanding eating disorders (1 credit)

  • Principles of food safety for the home environment (1 credit)

You should not underestimate the time commitment required to complete a distance learning qualification at Level 2. Your tutor will also support you to improve your English skills alongside your learning of your vocational subject. This will include assessing your current skills from the work you produce and providing additional learning activities related to your subject that are designed to develop your skills in these areas. This is a vocational course leading to a qualification, and the cost of it is subsidised by public funding. You will be required to complete all of the necessary coursework/assignments or exams by the given deadlines. Please note: if you do not successfully complete the course within the required timescale, you will not be able to repeat it at the subsidised fee. For further information on the syllabus for this course please go to

Pre-course information session or interview

There is a minimum entry age of 19 for this qualification. An Application process is applicable to this course. Please read the application page on the website before applying. Once you have read the application page you may go ahead and apply. For term dates please refer to

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

This is a Level 2 assessed course. The online materials have been developed to provide you with the underpinning knowledge you require to complete the qualification. The learning materials are mapped to learning outcomes required by awarding organisations to satisfy the requirements of the qualification. At the beginning of your course, you will be assigned a tutor who will be able to mark your work on-line and give you feedback and suggestions as you progress. Once completed, your work will be marked and internally verified. An external verifier from the awarding body will review your work before you receive your certificate. The visits from external verifiers only take place twice a year so there may be a delay in certification being awarded after you have completed your course. As soon as your certificate is received by Skills & Learning it will be forwarded to you.

Awarding body: NCFE CACHE

Assignments/Course work: Assessed questions for each learning outcome

Examination(s): No set examination Please note that this qualification must be completed within the deadline set.

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

This course is designed to support 19+ learners progress into employment or further learning, depending on your own needs and interests.

You will need good IT skills and access to a computer, laptop or tablet with regular and reliable internet connection. This can be at home, at work, or in a library. You can check the suitability of this course for a preferred career path or route to employment by looking at various job profiles on the National Careers Service website

There is an expectation that if you enrol on this course, you are willing to commit fully to the period of time involved in this course, the associated home study and the assessed work required, and intend to sit the examination if applicable. You should consider your readiness to commit to study and we have a study support toolbox to help you with this:

English language skills at Level 1 are required. You will be asked to complete an online assessment in English after submitting a course application.

Materials and costs

Resources required to achieve your qualification Essential: Access to a PC, laptop, notebook or tablet with broadband/Wi-Fi.

Desirable: Headphones.

There may be further materials you could obtain to further support your study. You will be guided by your tutor prior to any purchase.

Course Costs For information regarding any funding for this course please refer to the Finance page on our website

Please be aware that once you have submitted the Learning Agreement, you are committed to this programme of study. If you do not start the learning package when advised, or submit work when requested, the cost of the registration fee (£125) will be passed on to you.

Course Details

Start DateAny




Duration2-6 months

SubjectDistance Learning


Fees and concessions

The total charge for this course is £165. Concessions FREE.

You could study this course for free if you:

  • Receive Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance or any other state benefit.
  • Are unemployed or under employed.
  • Receive take home pay (disregarding Universal Credit and other benefits) less than £494 a month (if you are a sole adult in your benefit claim) or £782 a month (if you have a joint benefit claim with your partner).
  • Earn less than £20,319pa.

If you’re not eligible, you can pay via an Instalment Plan or by paying the full course fee upfront.


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