NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health


The number of obese people in the UK has more than trebled in the last 25 years, reaching what many doctors believe to be ‘epidemic’ proportions. Insufficient nutrition can lead to a variety of health-threatening conditions; understanding the benefits of a balanced diet and the role of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease is fundamental.

What will you learn
  • 1.

    Achieve a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification

  • 2.

    Evidence your competency to employers

  • 3.

    Further your personal and professional development

  • 4.

    Learn at a time that suits you without the need to attend college

  • 5.

    Increase your understanding of food safety for the home environment

Duration: 4 Weeks

Course Units

This unit looks 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. The final section provides learners with an understanding of healthy food preparation.

This unit encourages learners to look at how nutritional needs vary with age. Learners gain an understanding of the special dietary requirements of people following a vegetarian diet, people with certain cultural requirements, and people with allergies. They also gain an awareness of the factors that create barriers to healthy eating.

In this unit learners gain an awareness of the information provided on food labels and how this may be used to help 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.

This unit aims to give learners an understanding of weight management and how to plan a short-term weight management programme.

This unit gives learners an understanding of different types of eating disorders, how they develop, and their effect on health and well-being.