The Understanding Eating Disorders - Level 2 Course is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of working with Eating Disorders, and the basic skills required to work with such complex conditions. No prior knowledge is required.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 2 Certificate of Achievement.


After studying this course, students will:

  • Have an understanding of Eating Disorders

  • Understand possible causes

  • Have Knowledge of the different treatments available

  • Be able to list sources of help and advice in a range of situations

  • Have a clear understanding of how to work with these complex conditions.

The Course Includes the Following Units:-

  • Unit 1 – Types of Eating Disorders

The following topics are covered: Anorexia Nervosa; Bulimia; and Binge Eating Disorder.

  • Unit 2 – Classifications

The following topics are covered: DSM; and ICD.

  • Unit 3 – Diagnosis

The following topics are covered: Anorexia; Restricting type; Binge eating type; Bulimia; Binge eating disorder; and Eating disorder not otherwise specified.

  • Unit 4 – Complications

The following topics are covered: Side effects; and Complications.

  • Unit 5 – Who is Effected?

The following topics are covered: Men; Women; Children; and The Elderly.

  • Unit 6 – Causes of Eating Disorders

The following topics are covered: Psychological; Biological; Social; Patient perspectives; Media and magazines; Self esteem; Childhood experiences; Healing the past; Addiction; Dependent; Anxiety; Sleep; Self harm; Friends and family; Personality disorders; Depression; Stress; & Suicide.

  • Unit 7 – Treatment Options

The following topics are covered: Psychodynamic psychotherapy; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Interpersonal therapy; Group therapy; and Family therapy.

  • Unit 8 – Information for Friends & Family

The following topics are covered: Support for caregivers; Parents; Review; Methods; Findings; Daughter-directed activities; and Construction of Anorexia.

  • Unit 9 – Research

The following topics are covered: The Pro-Ana community; Participant observation and Internet research ethics; Method; Analytic procedure; Support; Group identities and Negative Attributions.


There are no particular entry requirements.

Course Duration & Support:

You will have access to a tutor via post or email. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained.

The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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