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Nutrition & Health (RQF) Certificate Level 2


Statistics from the World Health Organization show that the level of obesity in adults continues to rise each year. Experts predict that the vast majority of British people will be overweight by 2030, suggesting that 75% of men and 66% of women will reach past the healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) by this date. Out of these numbers, 33% of women and 36% of men will be obese. It is estimated that the NHS will have to pay more than £500 million per year for illnesses associated with poor eating habits, 
This course looks at the principles of health eating and how diet is linked to health, explaining the connection between health and diet. It also explains the influence that better dietary decisions can hold not only on health and confidence, but overall life expectancy and quality of life as well. 
You will also learn about:
Nutritional needs of children; younger and older people
  • Methods of weight management
  • Special dietary requirements
  • Barriers to healthy eating
  • Types of eating disorders
This qualification is ideal for a wide range of learners who are interested in improving their understanding of nutrition and healthy eating. Individuals such as parents, carers, catering staff and students may find this qualification of particular benefit to their personal lives as well as potential career pathways.
By studying this nutrition and health qualification, you will develop the understanding and knowledge of diet and nutrition to a healthier lifestyle by paying particular attention to the dangers of being obese and the health risks associated with it. 

How does the course work? 

This course has been designed for individual work, from the comfort of your own home via our learning platform with support from tutors via phone, email and instant messaging. You will be able to share thoughts and ideas about your course work with other students as well. 
You will be in control of your study schedule where you fit your studies around your other commitments such as work or family life. The amount of time you will have to schedule depends on how much time you can dedicate to your course and how well you grasp the learning materials. 


Unit One: Explore principles of healthy eating (R/505/2204)

On completion of this unit you will:
Understand how diet is linked to health
Understand the components of a healthy diet
Know the nutrients in food and their role in maintaining health
Understand the principles of healthy food preparation

Unit Two: Consider nutritional needs of a variety of individuals (J/601/2535)

On completion of this unit you will:
Know the nutritional needs of children and young people
Know the nutritional needs of older people
Understand special dietary requirements
Understand barriers to healthy eating

Unit Three: Use food and nutrition information to plan a healthy diet (M/601/2545)

On completion of this unit you will:
Understand food labelling
Understand food additives
Apply principles of healthy eating

Unit Four: The principles of management (L/505/2203)

On completion of this unit you will:
Know the risks associated with ineffective weight management
Understand how body image may influence weight management
Know about effective methods of weight management
Be able to plan a short-term weight management programme for an individual

Unit Five: Understanding eating disorders (M/503/0999)

On completion of this unit you will:
Know about different eating disorders.
Understand the connections between food and feelings.
Know how to access information and support relating to eating disorders.


To enrol on this course, you do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience, it is openly available to anyone who wants to learn more about nutrition and health whilst studying at home, with no time pressures.

Please note you must be at least 16 years of age to join this course.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is 98 hours.


There will also be question papers at the end of every lesson which you will have to complete and then send back to your tutor. It is recommended that you allow at least 1-2 hours of study to complete each question paper. 


When you have successfully completed this course, you will receive the Nutrition & Health RQF Level 2 qualification. This certification is listed on the RQF framework at Level 2. T

his course has also been assigned 12 credits.

This course can be used as evidence of knowledge that counts towards studying a qualification in areas of Health and Social Care, Hospitality or Sport. It is also a great pathway to meet ongoing CPD requirements. 
Learners who have achieved this qualification might find it useful progressing to: 
Health and Social Care (Adults) QCF Course
Hospitality Supervision and Leadership (QCF) Diploma NVQ Level 3
Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training QCF Level 3

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