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Level 1 and Level 2 Awards in Healthier Food and Special Diets


Healthy Eating has never been higher on the national agenda and these two short “Healthier Food and Special Diets” qualifications programmes (a day for the Level 2 and half a day for the Level 1) are a timely contribution to the overall effort to improve the nation’s health through a better understanding of the importance of eating healthily.

While these qualifications are open to all, they will be of particular value to those who work, or intend to work, in the planning or providing of meals or recipes in the following sectors:


  • Child carers/minders
  • Catering, including staff providing school lunches
  • Hospitality and Leisure
  • Health and Community care
  • Food manufacturing
  • Retail food outlets

It will also be appropriate as part of lifestyle education for young people.

Reports on the nation’s health show that the UK population is suffering disproportionately from disorders such as obesity, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, dental caries, liver cirrhosis and certain types of cancer. Poor diet can be a contributory factor to each of these and people of all ages can be affected. The Government has targets and initiatives to improve the statistics related to the incidence of some of these disorders and the Food Standards Agency has spearheaded a number of initiatives on a balanced diet.

Some people require or choose a special diet - for medical, religious, cultural, ethical or other reasons. National Minimum Standards, which include standards in relation to the provision of food, have been produced for schools, care homes for older people, and other institutions where people are looked after; and these reflect Government policy, both on content and on facilitating choice.

Certificate in Nutrition and Health


This qualification is designed for anyone concerned with the practical application of nutrition to healthy eating.

This programme involves some 24 guided learning hours followed by a written exam.


Diploma in Nutrition and Health


This qualification is designed for staff in the health care professions, hospitality, sport, leisure, beauty, and food industries.

Candidates must choose from two options:


  • Nutrition and Health in the Community
  • Nutrition and Health for Sport and Leisure

Candidates who have obtained a Diploma in Nutrition & Health in the Community may, the following year, obtain a Diploma in Nutrition & Health - Sport and Leisure by taking the specialist paper 2 only - and vice versa.

The programmes involve some 45 guided learning hours followed by 2 written exams.


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