Advanced Certificate in Nutrition & Health Management

Gain knowledge and skills in nutrition, human anatomy and health. Work in food production, processing, retailing, food service or nutritional health.

Course Code: VRE050
Fee Code: AC
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 900 hours
Qualification Advanced Certificate
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Work Towards Becoming a Nutrition & Health Expert

This study program will offer a competitive edge to people wanting to work in the field of Nutrition or who want to add another layer to existing knowledge.  The mix of skills learnt in this course would be valuable for persons working in a range of industries including food blogging, marketing, processing, provision, service, research, advice, and more.

With further study it may be a stepping stone toward a career as a medical or hospital nutritionist.

Work in the Food and Nutrition Industry

This course provides a pathway to develop and share your passion for healthy eating. It's designed to give you a framework to develop or advance your career in areas that might include:

  • Nutrition consultations

  • Food writing, blogging, reviewing, presenting

  • Food service

  • Food production

  • Food marketing

.... within industries such as complimentary medicine, allied health and other food & nutrition related enterprises.

Course Structure

Some of the modules either included in the course, or which you can choose from include:

Module 1.      Nutrition I

There are nine lessons in this course, each requiring about 10 hours work by the student.  Emphasis is placed on understanding the body, the food we eat and it's affects, our mental, emotional health (state of mind), and physical health.

The nine lessons are as follows:

  1. Introduction to Nutrition

  2. The Digestive System

  3. Absorption & Enzymes

  4. Energy Value and Foods

  5. Carbohydrates and Fats

  6. Proteins

  7. Vitamins and Minerals

  8. Water

  9. Nutrient Disorders

Module 2.      Nutrition II

This course is divided into eight lessons as follows:.

  1. Cooking And Its Effect On Nutrition

  2. Food Processing And Its Effect On Nutrition

  3. Recommended Daily Intake Of Nutrients

  4. Vitamins

  5. Minerals

  6. Planning A Balanced Diet

  7. Assessing Nutritional Status & Needs

  8. Timing Of Meals & Needs For Special Groups

Module 3.      Nutrition III

This course is divided into eight lessons as follows:

  1. Problems With Eating

  2. Dental Problems

  3. Fibre and Bowel Diseases

  4. Different Ways of Eating

  5. Food Toxicity A

  6. Food Toxicity B

  7. Detoxification/Body Cleansing

  8. Consulting/Giving Advice

Module 4.      Children's Nutrition

There are 10 lessons in this module as follows:

  1. Introduction to Child Nutrition

  2. Nutrition for Pre-Pregnancy

  3. Nutrition in Pregnancy

  4. Nutrition in Infants

  5. Nutrition in Childhood

  6. Nutritional Concerns

  7. Healthy Eating Behaviours

  8. Issues in Child Nutrition

  9. Childhood Obesity

  10. Diet Plans

Module 5.      Human Biology 1A

There are 6 lessons as follows:

  1. Cells & Tissues -
    Explains the human body at a microscopic level, including the structure and function of cells, tissues and membranes.

  2. The Skeleton -
    Examines features of the human skeletal system.

  3. The Muscular System -
    Describes the human muscular system, in terms of structure and basic function.

  4. The Nervous System –
    Looks at the human nervous system, in terms of structure and basic functions.

  5. Digestion & Excretion -
    Explains different physiological systems of digestion and excretion in the body.

  6. Physiological Systems –
    Focuses on the different physiological systems of the body.

Module 6.      Human Biology II

 There are 8 lessons as follows:

  1. How Nerves Work -
    how nerves cause reactions in the human body.

  2. Nerves & Motor Skills -
    how the nervous system affects motor skill performance

  3. Skeletal Muscle -
    function and structure of skeletal muscle in the human body

  4. Muscle Organisation -
    organisation of muscle tissue in the human body

  5. Muscular Movement -
    mechanics of muscular movement

  6. Muscular Development -
    development of muscular strength and muscular endurance.

  7. Muscle Flexibility -
    selecting muscular flexibility exercises

  8. Muscles & Posture -
    significance of muscles to posture and general well being.

Module 7.      Human Biology III

There are 7 lessons as follows:

  1. The Science of Blood

  2. Blood Pressure

  3. Pulmonary Ventilation

  4. Gas Exchange & Transport

  5. Blood Flow & Gas Transport

  6. Cardio Respiratory Control

  7. Cardio Respiratory Disease

Module 8.      Research Project I

There are 7 lessons as follows:

  1. Determining Research Needs

  2. Searching For Information

  3. Research Methods

  4. Using Statistics

  5. Conducting Statistical Research

  6. Research Reports

  7. Reporting On A Research Project.

Module 9.      Research Project II

There are 6 lessons in this module as follows:

  1. Identifying research issues

  2. Acquisition of technical information

  3. Specialised research techniques

  4. Research planning and designing

  5. Statistics

  6. Conducting research

Module 10.      Research Project III

There are five lessons in this module as follows:
1. Determining research priorities.
2. Planning research improvement
3. Testing the viability of alternative approaches
4. Conducting detailed research into commercial work procedures
5. Developing an improved approach to a workplace procedure

A major research project undertaken at the end of this course will involve at least half of the total duration.

Module 11.     Biochemistry I (Animals)

There are 10 lessons as follows:

  1. Introduction to biochemistry

  2. Lipids and proteins

  3. Enzymes and hormones

  4. Nucleic acids

  5. Thermo-regulation

  6. Carbohydrate metabolism

  7. Absorption

  8. Acidity and alkalinity

  9. Chemical analysis

  10. Biochemical applications

Module 12.     Sports Nutrition

There are 9 lessons as follows:

  1. Introduction to Human and Sports Nutrition

  2. Energy

  3. Energy in the Athlete’s Body

  4. The Training Diet

  5. The Competition Diet

  6. Fluids

  7. The Athlete’s Body Composition

  8. Weight Management

  9. Training for Size and the Use of Sports Supplements

Module 13.     Food and Beverage Management

This subject has 9 lessons as follows:

  1. Human Nutrition in Food Service Industries - This covers all the major food groups and their importance in a nutritional diet. Also including factors in nutrition from compatibility and range of ingredients through to healthy cooking and eating methods.

  2. Cooking - Includes various cooking methods for a variety of different foods, covering both palatability and digestibility through to the nutritional value in processing foods.

  3. Kitchen & Food Management - Learn to maximise efficiency and service through proper management of kitchen facilities, including the handling of food storage and preparation, hygiene and ethics.

  4. Planning A Menu - Covering menu planning for the needs of special groups in different situations, including children; adolescents; elderly people; expectant and nursing mothers; immigrants; vegetarians and other health related diets.

  5. Alcoholic Beverages - Learn how to provide adequate variety and product knowledge in order to manage the provisions of alcoholic beverages appropriately for different situations.

  6. Tea, Coffee and Non-Alcoholic Beverages - This lesson provides an understanding of non-alcoholic beverages available in the catering industry and how they should be made and served.

  7. Scope & Nature Of Catering Services - Learn to understand the differences in appropriate management and catering for a variety of situations from pubs to a-la-carte.

  8. Personnel Management -(waiting skills, staffing a restaurant, kitchen etc) This lesson covers the management of people in the food and restaurant industry, including training programs, job specifications, recruitment etc.

  9. Management Of Catering Services - By consolidating the skills developed throughout this course you are given a comprehensive understanding of marketing through to food purchasing in order to effectively manage in the food and beverage industry.



Course Snapshot



900 hours


 Time Period

Up to 3 years PLUS deferment options



National Recognition



Online, correspondence (paper notes) or eLearning (CD)




 An assignment per lesson, Self Assessment tests (online & CD)


One optional for each 100hr module


Course notes, eBook text references, unlimited tutor guidance 5 days week

Professional Indemnity 
Insurance pathway


 Fit study
 around  Life

 - Start when you are ready
 - Study at home, from anywhere in the world
 - No set assignment due dates
 - Work at your own pace
 - No stuffy classrooms or rigid timetables

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- 35 years+ in education

- Content is regularly updated based on industry, tutor and student feedback

- Learning can be adapted to your interests, capability, circumstances and needs.

 - Courses delivered by the team who created them.

  - Unlimited tutor guidance, 5 days week.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Advanced Certificate in Nutrition & Health Management.
 Food & Beverage Management BTR102
 Food Coaching VRE110
 Human Nutrition I BRE102
 Research Project I BGN102
 Nutrition for Weight Loss BRE210
 Children's Nutrition BRE304
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 15 modules.
 Industry Project I BIP000
 Biochemistry I (Animal and Human) BSC103
 Human Anatomy & Physiology (Human Biology 1A) BSC101
 Food Preparation - Foundations of Cooking BRE212
 Human Nutrition II BRE202
 Microbiology BSC209
 Muscles & Movement (Human Biology II) BSC202
 Research Project II BGN201
 Research Project III BGN202
 Therapeutic Nutrition BRE211
 Cardiorespiratory Performance (Human Biology III) BSC301
 Food Processing and Technology BSS301
 Human Nutrition III BRE302
 Sports Nutrition BRE303
 Weight Loss Consultant BRE307

Note that each module in the Advanced Certificate in Nutrition & Health Management is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Understanding Food Allergies and Intolerance

Common foods which some people have problems with mostly include proteins: wheat, sugar, chocolate, seafood, soy, eggs, dairy and peanuts. Chemicals in foods, such as preservatives and colourings, may also cause intolerance or allergic reactions. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is an example of an allergen food chemical. Food intolerance and allergies may manifest with “mild” and often chronic symptoms, like poor digestion, belly bloating, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), sinus, asthma, headaches and migraines, woolly head, irritability, depression and behaviour changes. They can also manifest in more sudden and dramatic symptoms, like diarrhoea, nausea, or anaphylactic shock that can require hospitalization and if untreated, or not treated promptly can result in death. It is important to note that some allergies to foods can be so severe that separate cooking utensils and pots must be used – an example being nut allergies.

Food Intolerance

This is the most common reaction to food. It is an adverse reaction to a food or component of food that does not involve the immune system. In some cases it is due to the body not being able to properly digest a proportion of the food because it lacks the right enzyme, like in dairy intolerance. In this case, the result is usually diarrhoea or nausea because the person lacks the enzyme in the bowel that digests lactose, the sugar found in dairy products. Many people manifest only mild symptoms throughout their lives, without realizing or connecting those symptoms with the foods they consume. In the long term impaired digestion can lead to chronic malnutrition that end up showing as chronic conditions or contributing significantly to them.


Allergies (food hypersensitivity) involve an adverse immune response to a food. Allergens found in food are often proteins, and can stimulate the body to produce antibodies specific to that food. If an individual who has inherited a specific food allergy is first exposed to that food, their immune system produces IgE (immunoglobulin) antibodies. The antibodies reside in white blood cells and mast cells in the body, particularly in the skin, the respiratory tract and gastrointestinal tract, i.e. the parts of the body that come into contact with the air and the food that we eat. These cells also contain substances such as histamine that are released when the antibodies once again come into contact with the food allergen.   

It is the histamine and the other chemicals that cause the allergic reaction resulting in such symptoms as swelling of the skin, itchiness, hives, and itchy eyes. The gastrointestinal tract may respond with vomiting, cramps, diarrhoea and nausea as attempts to remove the allergen. Symptoms in the respiratory tract may include runny nose, coughing, and sneezing. In severe cases anaphylactic shock and death may result.  This is essentially a situation where the body’s immune system goes completely overboard trying to save itself from the allergen and the side-effects of its efforts kill it instead.

Ninety percent of allergens found in food are proteins derived from milk, eggs, seafood, wheat, soy protein and nuts (particularly peanuts). Additives such as sulphites used as preservatives can also cause allergic reactions. It may be possible to self-diagnose and to avoid certain foods, though in more complex cases it may be necessary to consult a dietician, food allergist or physician to ensure that a proper diet is followed, avoiding deficiencies in protein, fat, vitamins and minerals.


Food has a language all of its own.

You must learn this language if you are to communicate in this field.

In some lessons you will be given several terms. These may or may not be new to you.

If the terms are new; you should try to find out their meaning using a dictionary or any other means you have at hand. If you have difficulty still; you should ask for help; in which case the tutor will provide you with a definition to learn.


To be successful in Food and Nutrition, you need passion, persistence and a willingness to do what it takes to succeed. If this describes you, we can help you to get a start!

This course is different to many others; it is an "experiential based" learning program, designed to get you involved with the Food and Nutrition industry as you study. The industry is changing faster than ever and will continue to change. For ongoing success, you need to become "connected" and remain "connected", so that you see and adapt to recent changes and ongoing changes as your career moves forward.

With the strong foundation gained throughout this course, you will have a great standing for a successful career in Food and Nutrition.

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Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.

Jade Sciascia

Biologist, Business Coordinator, Government Environmental Dept, Secondary School teacher (Biology); Recruitment Consultant, Senior Supervisor in Youth Welfare, Horse Riding Instructor (part-completed) and Boarding Kennel Manager.
Jade has a B.Sc.Biol, Dip.Professional Education, Cert IV TESOL, Cert Food Hygiene.

Lyn Quirk

M.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy
Over 30 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head for TAFE, she brings a wealth of skills and experience to her role as a tutor for ACS.

Karen Lee

Nutritional Scientist, Dietician, Teacher and Author.
BSc. Hons. (Biological Sciences), Postgraduate Diploma Nutrition and Dietetics.
Registered dietitian in the UK, with over 15 years working in the NHS. Karen has undertaken a number of research projects and has lectured to undergraduate university students. Has co authored two books on nutrition and several other books in health sciences.


Meet some of the tutors that guide the students through this course.

Lyn Quirk

Lyn has 35 years of experience in the Fitness, Health and Leisure Industries. She has a string of qualifications that are far too long to list here; being qualified and registered to teach, coach or instruct a wide range of different sports and other skills.

Lyn established and managed Health clubs at three major five star resorts on Australia's Gold Coast, including The Marriott. She was a department head for a large government vocational college (TAFE), and has conducted her own aquafitness business for many years. Lyn has among her other commitments worked as a tutor for ACS for almost 10 years, and over that time, participated in the development or upgrading of most courses in her fields of expertise.

Jacinda Cole

Jacinda has expertise in psychology and horticulture. She holds a BSc (hons) in Psychology and a Masters in Psychology (Clinical) and also trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the London Centre for Psychotherapy. In horticulture she has a Certificate in Garden Design and ran her own landscaping and garden design business for a number of years. Jacinda also has many years experience in course development and educational writing.

Tracey Jones

Tracey has over 20 years experience within the psychology and social work field, particularly working with people with learning disabilities. She is also qualified as a teacher and now teaches psychology and social work related subjects.

She is a book reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work. Tracey has also written a text book on Psychology and has had several short stories published.

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