This qualification is designed for a wide range of learners with some existing knowledge of this area who are interested in improving their understanding of nutrition and healthy eating. These may be learners who wish to access this training with a view to progress to further qualifications or employment within Sport and Recreation, Exercise and Fitness, Hospitality and Catering or Healthcare. It complements other qualifications and enables learners to develop within their current job role within these sector areas.
Learners must be aged over 19 and have lived in the EU for the past three years.
There are no specific prior qualifications needed to access this qualification.
This is a QCF qualification with the following mandatory units:
Explore principles of healthy eating
This unit starts by looking 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. Learners will also gain an understanding of healthy food preparation.
Consider nutritional needs of a variety of individuals
This unit encourages learners to look at how nutritional needs vary with age. Learners will gain an understanding of the special dietary requirements of vegetarians, those with different religious and cultural requirements and those with allergies. They also gain an awareness of the factors that create barriers to healthy eating.
Use food and nutrition information to plan a healthy diet
In this unit, learners gain an awareness of the information that is provided on food labels and how this may be used to 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. Learners will also evaluate their own diet and make recommendations for improvement.
The principles of weight management
This unit aims to give learners an understanding of weight management and how to plan a short-term weight management programme.
Understanding eating disorders
This unit gives learners an understanding of different types of eating disorders, how they develop and their effect on health and wellbeing.
Principles of food safety for the home environment
In this unit learners will understand food safety in a home environment. They will investigate safe handling of food, food storage and food disposal. They will also look at correct cooking temperatures to ensure food is safe to eat.
This qualification can support progression to employment and progression within employment for the following job roles and workers:
care assistant or worker
personal care assistant
support worker (supported living)
key workers in domiciliary care services
home care support worker
healthcare support service worker
health education/promotion worker
sport and exercise nutritionist
hospitality services assistant
This qualification supports progression to further learning in the following areas:
Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery
Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles
Level 2 Diploma in Exercise, Health and Fitness Instructing
Level 2 Diploma in Health and Fitness
Level 2 and 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
Level 2 and 3 Certificate for Working in the Health Sector
Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery
Intermediate and Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Catering and Professional Chefs
Intermediate and Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care
Intermediate and Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Health (Clinical Healthcare Support)
Work books, on-line or paper based.