CIEH Level 2 Award in Healthier Food and Special Diets

Please note: this qualification will be withdrawn on 31 January 2017.

More information can be found on the Voluntary Surrender of Recognition page.


The benefits of a healthy and varied diet are indisputable. This qualification has been designed to provide a good, basic understanding of nutrition to enable learners to plan well-balanced meals that will have a positive impact on health.

Who needs this qualification?

All employees in catering environments involved in the selection of menus, recipes and ingredients. It is also relevant for those in the health care and education sectors

Why is this training important?

The Government is committed to reducing death and ill health caused by diet-related disease. More than ever caterers need to understand the link between diet and health.

Learning outcomes

Successful completion of this qualification will enable candidates to understand:

  The principle of balanced diets
  How to plan and provide special diets

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  Qualification Specification 



Duration  Duration  One-day programme
Assessment  Assessment  Multiple-choice exam
Prerequisite  Prerequisite   Level 1 in literacy, or equivalent recommended
Suggested Progression  Suggested Progression  None

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