This course is designed to help students learn about the fundamental principles of nutrition including physiology, anatomy, macronutrients and micronutrients, duties and responsibilities of a nutritionist and more.
What you will learn:
- Introduction to the concept of nutrition and how it impacts individual and public health in the UK. In addition, you will learn about balanced diets and the idea of a food pyramid.
- Human anatomy and physiology including organ systems such as digestive, muscular, skeletal, nervous, endocrine, urinary, respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
- Structure and metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates as well as enzymatic action.
- Rich sources of proteins, carbohydrates and fats and the number of calories that different nutrients provide. You will learn about the correct proportion of nutrients involved in a balanced diet.
- Monosaccharides, disaccharides and polysaccharides and the specific organs and enzymes involved in the breakdown of macronutrients. You will also learn about important amino acids, fatty acids and their derivatives.
- Vitamins (including Vitamin A, B, C, D, E and K) and for every vitamin, you will learn about its functions, benefits, deficiency and toxicity symptoms.
- Action and benefits of minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, sodium and so on. You will learn about deficiency symptoms as well as the interplay between vitamins and minerals.
- Different nutritional requirements of women in different stages of their lives including puberty, pregnancy and lactation phases.
- Nutritional requirements for infants, growing children and teenagers as well as identify different eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia.
- Special nutritional requirements of older people and sportspersons as well as the duties, responsibilities and job profile of nutritionists.
Benefits of Studying the Course
- You will enjoy opportunities to interpret your knowledge of nutrition and apply it to help clients achieve their health goals.
- You can confidently evaluate and assess school and office menus and suggest modifications that help improve the nutritional value that they provide
- You can work together with other professionals to create and plan dietary plans for clients and groups
- Over time, you can specialise in an area of nutrition that stirs your passion and enthusiasm. Examples include geriatric nutrition, women’s nutrition or nutrition for teenagers.
- As a nutritionist, you can provide value to individual health as well as public health.
- Definition of nutrition as a discipline
- Importance of nutrition and its role in personal and national health
- Factors to consider in the study of nutrition
- Nutritional requirements and the concept of a balanced diet
- Understand basic human anatomy and organ systems
- Physiology of each system and functions
- Skeletal, muscular and cardiovascular system
- Muscular, urinary and endocrine system
- Identification of the nature of proteins and foods containing protein
- Amino acids and their role in nutrition
- Protein digestion and enzymatic action
- Simple and complex carbohydrates, structure and metabolism
- Effects of excessive and inadequate intake of carbohydrates
- Glycaemic index and glycaemic load
- Fatty acids and glycerol
- Types of fats (unsaturated, saturated and trans fats)
- Fat digestion process and enzymatic action
- Fat emulsion and the absorption process
- Fat metabolism and effects of excessive and inadequate intake
- Fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins and their role in biological function
- Biological functions, metabolism and deficiency symptoms of vitamin A
- Biological functions, metabolism and deficiency symptoms of vitamin D, E
- Biological functions, metabolism and deficiency symptoms of vitamin K
- Biological functions, metabolism and deficiency symptoms of vitamin C
Module 7 : Micronutrients and their Role in Nutrition (III) (Vitamin B Complex, Minerals and Electrolytes)
- The metabolism, function and beefits of Vitamin B complex
- Deficiency symptoms, sources and toxicity side-effects
- Functions and benefits of minerals
- Calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, sulphur and selenium
- Nutritional requirements of infants and preschool children
- Importance of breast milk and how to wean infants off
- Diets and nutritional requirements of school children and adolescents
- Nutritional dilemmas faced by teenagers in the UK
- Different nutritional needs for women
- Why iron and calcium are important for women
- Nutritional status before, during and after conception
- Nutrition for menopause
Module 10 : Dietary Reference Values in the UK; Duties, Responsibilities and Job Profile of a Nutritionist
- Dietary reference values, goals and guidelines
- Nutrition tips for older adults and sports persons
- Efforts of the UK government with regard to providing nutrition for the public
- Differences between a dietitian, nutritionist and nutritional therapist
Who can take the Nutrition Diploma course?There are no entry requirements to take the course.
What is the structure of the course?The course is broken down into 10 individual modules. Each module takes between 20 and 90 minutes on average to study. Although students are free to spend as much or as little time as they feel necessary on each module.
Where / when can the course be studied?The course can be studied study at any time and from any internet connected device
Is there a test at the end of the course?Once you have completed all 10 modules there is a multiple choice test. The questions will be on a range of topics found within the 10 modules. The test, like the course, is online and can be taken a time and location of your choosing.
What is the pass mark for the final test?The pass mark for the test is 70%.
What happens if a user fails the test?If the user doesn’t pass the test first time they will get further opportunities to take the test again after extra study. There are no limits to the number of times a test can be taken.
How long does it take to complete the Nutrition Diploma course?We estimate that the course will take about 12 hours to complete in total, plus an additional 30 minutes for the end of course test.