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