This qualification is designed for a wide range of learners who wish to gain an understanding of the care and management of diabetes.

Fully-funded via the UK Government in the form of the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

  • Free online course


  • Course duration

    6 weeks

  • Support

    Expert tutor support available

  • Experience

    No previous knowledge is required or assumed

  • Awarding body

    NCFE or TQUK depending on location and training provider

Overview of Diabetes

Qualification aims

This qualification aims to:

  • Provide an understanding of the different types of diabetes and how they can occur
  • Develop awareness of how the onset of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed with lifestyle changes
  • Develop understanding of diabetes diagnosis and initial care
  • Develop understanding of ongoing care and treatment of diabetes to control blood sugar levels.

There is an emerging global epidemic of diabetes

In the UK alone, 3.2 million people are diagnosed with the disease and an estimated 630,000 people have the condition but don’t know it.

It is believed that deaths from diabetes will rise by more than 50% in the next ten years. Simple lifestyle measures can be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of this chronic, debilitating and often deadly disease.

Course units

To be awarded the Level 2 Certificate, learners are required to successfully complete 4 mandatory units:

Understand diabetes

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand how glucose and insulin function in the body, how different types of diabetes occur and the risk factors associated with Type 2 diabetes.

Prevention and early intervention of Type 2 diabetes

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand how the onset of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed through lifestyle changes.

Understand the initial care of diabetes

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand how a diagnosis of diabetes can impact on an individual and how the condition can be managed and monitored.


Understand the treatment and management of diabetes

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the on-going care and treatment recommended to control blood glucose levels and prevent complications for people with diabetes.

Get certified

Gain a nationally recognised level 2 accredited certificate.

Qualification benefits

Develop your skills

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Build up enough knowledge, skills and confidence to transition into a new career.

Improve your CV

Level 2 qualifications are nationally recognised and accredited, giving you the foundations to improve your job prospects.

Course sample

Download the sample workbook



Been in the UK or EU for three years for purposes other than study.


19+ at the start of the academic year.


  • Not on an apprenticeship.
  • Not completed any part of the course before.
  • 19-23-year-olds must have a level 2 or higher prior to attainment.

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