Diploma in Nutrition

Course Overview

This course overview is important to read before you start your course as it explains how to complete your course and submit assignments.

Your tutor is there for any questions that you may have, so do ask if you are unsure of anything.

Course Outline

  • Train to be a fully qualified Nutritionist
  • Study from the comfort of your own home
  • Learn from a professional Nutritionist with over 10 years’ experience
  • Fully accredited and professional course

Course Description

The Diploma in Nutrition is a distance learning accredited course designed to fit around your current lifestyle. It is a must for all therapists and health professionals but is also available to beginners with a general interest in health and nutrition.

Nutrition is one of the most important factors influencing our health. What you eat influences the way you feel, the way you look, the ability to utilise the energy you do have and your ability to fight off infection and disease. With obesity and health related illnesses on the increase, nutrition is becoming more and more in demand.

The course will give you an understanding of the importance of nutrition for optimum health.

The Diploma in Nutrition Includes:

  • The Role of a Nutritionist
  • RDAs (Recommended Daily Allowances) and Food Groups
  • The Digestive System
  • Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fats, Vitamins and Minerals
  • Understanding the Glycaemic Index (GI) and the Glycaemic Load (GL)
  • A Healthy Diet
  • Specialist Diets
  • Acid/Alkaline Balance
  • Allergies and Intolerances
  • Dealing with Clients
  • How to Create a Professional Development Plan
  • Setting up your Business
  • Marketing your Business

You will learn the basics of what is involved in good nutrition and gain up to date research in the field. You will also be given the confidence to set up your own practice as a Nutritional Therapist once qualified.

Why Become a Nutritionist?

There are many reasons to become a Nutritionist, below are just a few:

  • You can work the hours you choose
  • You will be in demand from day one
  • You can work from home or a location you choose
  • You can fit your career around your life
  • Every day will offer a new and exciting challenge
  • You dictate your own success
  • You can be your own boss

Course Material

On the learning platform you will find all your course material. This includes the following:

  • Course Manual – this is your manual to work from throughout your course. Your assignments are also within the course manual.
  • Course Videos – excellent tool for visuals learners.
  • Supplementary Reading List – information to further your reading and understanding of the subject.
  • Study Guide – an easy to follow guide on how to complete your course.
  • Home Study Tips – a free booklet to guide you on the best ways to study from home.
  • Successful Business Guide – 100 ways to grow your business.

The course will be yours to start in your own time and remember if you have any questions your tutor can be contacted for help.

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to learn and understand the fundamentals as to what is involved in good nutrition, what is best for the body, as well as how to be an effective Nutritionist and market and grow a business. This course takes a holistic approach to nutrition.

Learning Outcomes

This online course will teach you:

The Role of a Nutritionist

  • To understand the role of a Nutritionist.
  • To be aware of different client groups and common problems in those groups.
  • Thorough knowledge of what to do before, during and after a client consultation.
  • To know how to read food labels.
  • To know about RDA’s (Recommended Daily Allowances) of food groups.
  • To have an understanding of ethics and safety that you should adhere to.


The Digestive System

  • To have an understanding of the anatomy of the digestion.
  • To be aware of the functions of the digestive system.
  • To have an understanding of the sequence of organs that food travel through when going through the digestion process.
  • To be aware of how the body breaks down and absorbs nutrients.
  • To understand how the body disposes of excess material and solid waste.



  • To have an understanding of the chemical composition of simple and complex carbohydrates.
  • To be aware of the functions of carbohydrates within the body.
  • To be aware of dietary sources of simple and complex carbohydrates.
  • To have knowledge of some of the health problems associated with carbohydrates.
  • To understand what fibre is and the importance of it within the diet.
  • To be aware of the importance of water.



  • To be aware of what a protein is and that it is made up of many amino acids.
  • To understand the function of protein in the body.
  • To understand what essential and non-essential amino acids are.
  • To know which food sources contain protein.
  • To understand the role of protein in the diet.



  • The chemical composition of fats.
  • To understand the difference between saturated and unsaturated fats.
  • To understand what trans fats are and how they are created.
  • To be aware of the foods that contain saturated, unsaturated and mono-unsaturated fats.
  • To understand the role that fats play in a healthy diet.
  • To be aware of which fats should be avoided in a healthy diet.
  • To be aware of common health problems that occur from too much saturated and trans-fat.


Vitamins and Minerals

  • To be aware of the essential vitamins and minerals the body needs.
  • To understand that we can get these vitamins and minerals from the food we eat.
  • To know the symptoms that can result from the deficiency of the vitamins and minerals.
  • That an overdose of a vitamin or mineral can be as problematic as a deficiency.


The Glycaemic Index and The Glycaemic Load

  • To have an understanding of the Glycaemic Index (GI) of a food.
  • To have an understanding of the Glycaemic Load (GL) of a food.
  • To understand the difference between GI and GL scores.


A Healthy Diet

  • To have an understanding of dietary guidelines in accordance with how many servings we should be consuming per day.
  • To be aware that to have a healthy diet the body requires wholesome grains, vegetables, protein, fruit, dairy, fish, pulses, seeds, nuts and water.
  • To understand the basics of each food group and the recommended servings per day.


Specialist Diets

  • To understand what is involved in a vegetarian, vegan, restrictive and organic diet.
  • To identify the different categories of vegetarianism.
  • To be aware of the factors that classify food as organic.


Acid/Alkaline Balance

  • To understand that diet has a huge impact on improving health.
  • To be aware of healthy habits that you can offer to your clients.
  • To have been introduced to alkalising and are aware of alkaline and acidic foods.


Allergies and Intolerances

  • To understand what an allergy and intolerance is.
  • To be aware how to recognise problem foods.
  • How to treat the possibility of an allergy or intolerance.

Setting up your Business

  • To have thought about where you will set up your business.
  • To recognise that you will need certain equipment and have considered how you will obtain this equipment.
  • To know the importance of a business plan and how to write one.
  • To have thought about business operations, accounting and the importance of keeping records.
  • To have created your own professional development plan.

Marketing your Business

  • To recognise the different client groups you may work with. You are also aware of the specialisations within the nutrition field.
  • To have thought about how to market your business.

How the Course Works

The Diploma in Nutrition will allow you to study at your own pace in your own home. You can start it in your own time and complete what you can when you have the time. You will have a year to finish the course and even if you don’t finish it in that time, arrangements can be made.


There are 13 modules to complete and each of these include an assignment. Once you have completed an assignment you will simply email it to your tutor and wait for feedback.

You will receive detailed feedback within 5 working days from your tutor. They will be there to help you every step of the way.

Certificate on Completion

Once you have completed all assignments, you will be awarded with a certificate. Your certificate will be sent in the post within 10 working days of completing your course.

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