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Certificate in Understanding Nutrition & Health

Level:
Level 2
Course Code:
PDMN0185/12/A
Location:
Distance / Blended Learning
Duration:
16 weeks


This qualification explores influential factors such as the principles of healthy eating, weight management and nutrition in the context of eating disorders, and explains how to prepare food safely in a home environment. This course is suitable whether you want to improve your knowledge around diet and health for personal reasons, or wish to develop your employment opportunities.

"I am interested in dieting, nutrition and weight loss so enjoyed learning more about different diets, what effect they can have on the body and the nutritional values of foods."

FAQs  

Nutrition is the key to a healthy body and mind, and understanding the values of a diet and exercise plan is an important part of maintaining overall well-being. If you are working, or want to work, in areas such as sport and recreation, exercise and fitness, hospitality, catering or health care, this nationally accredited qualification is for you. The course gives you the understanding of nutrition and health you'll need in your role. It's a great basis for progressing to other qualifications in any of these subject areas.

Unit 1: Explore the principles of healthy eating
This unit explores healthy diets and how a person's diet affects their health. You also look at lifestyle diseases, the role of different nutrients, how to plan a healthy meal and how to prepare food.

Unit 2: Consider nutritional needs of a variety of individuals
You look at how nutritional needs vary with age and this unit explores the needs of children and older people, as well as the special dietary requirements of certain groups. The factors that create barriers to healthy eating for individuals are also explained.

Unit 3: Use food and nutrition information to plan a healthy diet
You will gain an awareness of the information placed on food labels and how this can be used to plan healthy meals and encourage a healthy diet. The advantages and disadvantages of food additives are explained and learners will evaluate their own diet.

Unit 4: The principles of weight management
This unit explores the risks associated with ineffective weight management and effective methods of weight management. You will look at how body image can influence weight management and will learn how to plan a short-term weight management programme.

Unit 5: Understanding eating disorders
You will explore different eating disorders and their effect on health and well-being. This unit also provides an understanding of the connection between food and feelings and explains how to access information and support surrounding eating disorders.

Unit 6: Principles of food safety in the home environment
In this unit you will understand food safety in a home environment. You will investigate safe handling of food, food storage and food disposal, as well as look at correct cooking temperatures to ensure food is safe to eat.
Each unit is assessed though short answer questions. Assessments are completed online via our online assessment platform or you can request paper-based assessments that you will need to post back to us.
There are no specific entry requirements for this course. This is a knowledge based qualification and requires a good level of literacy, reading and writing.

Learners must be over 19 and resident in the UK or EU country for at least 3 years.
You can enrol onto other Level 2 subject specific qualifications within the health and social care sector or progress onto higher level courses.
You will receive a study pack which contains your learning resources, study plan, study guide and how to access the online assessment platform. If you want to complete paper-based assessment you will have the option to request these when you enrol.
This is a distance / home study course, so you can study at your own pace and at a time to suit you. A subject specialist tutor will be allocated to you and you can email them should you have any questions relating to your course.

It is important that you can work independently and be dedicated to set time aside each week for your studies, we recommend that you allow a minimum of 4 to 6 hours a week. Remember that your study time counts towards your CPD - Continuing Professional Development.

There is no cost for this qualification. However, if you do not complete your course inside the agreed timescale without a valid reason there will be a charge of £100.

For more information call Steve or Lida on 01271 852354 or email pddistancelearning@petroc.ac.uk

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