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Nutrition healthier foods and special diets
Nutrition healthier foods and special diets
Nutrition, Healthier Foods and Special Diets

Overview - Nutrition, Healthier Foods & Special Diets - Foundation

The Government is committed to reducing death and ill health caused by diet-related disease. More than ever, caterers and those preparing and serving food for others need to understand the link between diet and health. Based on the syllabus of the Level 2 Award in Healthier Food and Special Diets, this course covers the basic principles of nutrition which underpin the production of healthy food, the preparation of special diets, and the effect that nutrition has on our health.

This course has been designed to provide a good, basic understanding of nutrition and is aimed at those who are employed in catering environments and involved in the selection of menus, recipes and ingredients. It is also relevant for those in the health care, health promotion and education sectors, and for anyone interested in healthy eating purely for themselves and their own family. Those involved in the promotion and marketing of food products and services would also benefit from learning the basics of nutrition and health.

Successful completion of the training programme and assessment will enable candidates to:

  • Plan healthy meals based around current dietary guidelines
  • Understand how to plan healthy meals for different groups of people and age groups
  • Understand specific standards and recommendations that apply to catering for certain groups of people with special requirements
  • Understand how food preparation and processing affects the nutritional value of food
  • Understand the significance of information on food labels

This course is Accredited by City & Guilds

  • Virtual College are a City and Guilds Accredited centre
  • City and Guilds have accredited our Nutrition, Healthier Foods & Special Diets - Foundation course
  • Our price includes a City and Guilds Accredited Certificate
  • City and Guilds approved quality assurance of our online delivery processes and learner support systems
  • Quality City & Guilds Accredited Certificate carrying authorisation seal

The course was produced by Virtual College in association with Nutrition experts "Verner Wheelock Associates" and we have made every effort to make the training friendly, understandable and as down to earth as possible.

Lesson Plan

Areas covered include:

  • Introduction
  • Guidelines for Healthy Eating
  • Nutrition Basics
  • Nutrition through the Lifecycle
  • Diet & Health
  • Special Diets
  • Food Preservation, Processing and Labelling


On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.


Approximately 2 - 3 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.

Target Audience

This nutrition course is aimed at those who are employed in catering environments preparing and serving food and involved in the selection of menus, recipes and ingredients. It is also relevant for those in the health care sector including community workers, carers, care workers, fitness trainers, weight management professionals and the education sector including school caterers and teachers and others involved in the promotion of health.

It would also be appropriate as part of lifestyle education for people of all ages, and especially for young people, and anyone interested in healthy eating purely for themselves and their own family. Those involved in the promotion and marketing of food products and services would also benefit from studying this course.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course. It is suitable for anyone with an interest in food, cooking and healthy eating.

How It Works

How it Works

This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.

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When you get to the end, you will be presented with an assessment to check your understanding. Don't worry; in most cases you can take this assessment three times at no extra cost, and we have policies and procedures in place for adding further attempts.

Step 4: Your certificate

You will be able to print your own certificate at the end of the course.

Some courses also include the option of a high-quality posted certificate, for example our Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene courses.


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