Obesity has become a significant public health problem in the UK. A quarter of children leaving school are now classed as overweight. In addition, one in four adults are now considered obese and current trends suggest this could exceed fifty per cent by 2050. Being overweight can have a detrimental effect on the self-esteem and mental health of individuals, and also increases the risk of developing a range of serious diseases, which can shorten life expectancy. Health problems associated with obesity are placing enormous pressure on the NHS, costing more than £5billion every year. 

This qualification is ideal for a wide range of learners who are interested in improving their understanding of nutrition and healthy eating. It will be particularly relevant for those working, or intending to work, in settings such as sport and recreation, exercise and fitness, hospitality and catering or health care, providing specific skills and knowledge to support their role in the workplace. 

Course content

The Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health comprises six mandatory units presented in three concise module workbooks: 


  • Explore principles of healthy eating 


  • Consider nutritional needs of a variety of individuals 
  • Use food and nutrition information to plan a healthy diet 


  • The principles of weight management 
  • Understanding eating disorders 
  • Principles of food safety for the home environment 

Each unit contains activities and assessments designed to cover the specific learning outcomes. 

ETAThis course is run by Eluceo's partner, ETACS. Their courses are free and easy to complete in the comfort of your own home, either via the web or via materials that get sent straight to your door. They are all accredited by NCFE/CACHE. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to sign up to the course.