Specialist Award In Nutrition

Deepen your knowledge in nutrition. This course is designed primarily for people who already have some related training or experience and seek to supplement their existing skills.

Course CodeVRE504
Fee CodePA
Duration (approx)500 hours
QualificationSpecialist Award

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         Help People to Better Nutritional Health
This course provides an opportunity for you to expand or deepen your knowledge, and improve your career possibilities.
This is easy learning in many ways:
  • Start any time of the year
  • Take as long as you wish to study
  • Choose to study aspects of nutrition that are of relevance to you.
  • Access tutor support whenever needed, and via email or phone, from wherever you want.

A qualification designed as professional development for anyone working in the health or food industries.


Learning to manage food intake is more than just gathering factual information: it also requires an ability to choose the right information to apply to the situation at hand; as well as an ability to understand and apply that information appropriately.

While a book or web site may provide information; that isn't enough.

To properly manage nutritional health, you need to learn; and to learn you need to progress through a series of learning experiences, guided by a well constructed program and competent teachers.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Specialist Award In Nutrition.
 Industry Project I BIP000
 Industry Project II BIP001
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 7 modules.
 Human Nutrition 1 BRE102
 Human Nutrition II BRE202
 Nutrition for Weight Loss BRE210
 Therapeutic Nutrition BRE211
 Children's Nutrition BRE304
 Human Nutrition III BRE302
 Sports Nutrition BRE303

Note that each module in the Specialist Award In Nutrition is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

What is in our food?

No one food provides all the nutrients required for good health. Learning about the nutrients found in different foods and how to combine foods to achieve a balanced diet is an essential part of dietary planning. In this section we shall focus on the macronutrients or energy providing nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) found in individual foods and discuss why each nutrient is required by the human body and how individual foods can contribute to our daily nutritional requirements.

Food groups and nutrition found in them:

An initial way of understanding the foods we eat is to think of each food as belonging to one of five main food groups which are:

Fruit and vegetables
Starchy foods such as bread, potatoes, rice and pasta
Meat, fish, eggs and pulses
Milk and dairy foods
Foods containing fats and sugars.

To achieve a healthy diet it is important to achieve a balance of these food groups. Most governments have information that can be found on the internet that provide recommended daily intakes for the relevant country. The information is often presented visually in images such as the healthy food pyramid that displays food in categories from those that should be eaten plentifully, to those that should be eaten rarely.

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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 projec
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 fo
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, Di
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