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Nutrition, Healthier Foods & Special Diets - Foundation

Course Overview

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On average this
course contributes
2-3 hours
towards your CPD

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
  • and an understanding of 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.

Course Details

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

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.


With over 130 interactive screens, it is estimated that this module will take approximately 2-3 hours to complete (depending on learning speed). As an e-learning module you can complete this training in convenient stages and revisit. The system will record your progress throughout.


When you have successfully completed your course, you will be able to print a City & Guilds Accredited Certificate. Our Certificates are of extremely high quality and carry an authorisation seal. The certificate should be displayed to show appropriate training has taken place.

CPD Accreditation

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines

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.

What our customers have said

Clear and simple. Liked that reading option was available as I read faster and allowed me to progress at my pace
30/04/2016 AP
Easy to follow modules,can return to where you left off.Can Also see your progress.
30/03/2016 GP
I found the course very interesting and enjoyed everything about it
20/03/2016 ST
Presentation of the module content was very clear and understandable. Very easy to navigate the site.
15/03/2016 RD
Well presented, good visual content.
14/02/2016 JB
Easy to follow layout and the option to study the course in my own time with no time limits
ND 17/07/2015
It was a good way to learn and understand topic by topic and made me achieve and pass the exam so am happy about that
RK 22/01/2015
Really enjoyed the course - very easy to access and read, and attractive format to look at
TA 19/03/2015
The Main body of text was displayed in concise bullet points
PT 27/11/2013
The module can be completed at one's own pace
MS 28/10/2013e

Cost and Discounts

£45 + VAT - This cost is for a single user.

Discounts are available for multiple users (10 or more) for more information please contact, or telephone UKVC Sales on 01943 885089.

How it Works

The information below is specific to this particular course. If you would like a more general guide to how our purchasing and learning works please visit the Four Easy Steps page which should tell you all you need to know.

Alternatively; if you have a specific question or concern why not contact us directly ?


This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post. If you wish you may print out any page of the training material, and may also print the notes you took during the training.

You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

The lesson consist of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course


This course is delivered fully online allowing you to learn at your own pace, however an average duration would be 2-3 hours.

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