Diploma in Diet & Nutrition


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Diploma in Diet & Nutrition

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Why Oxford Learning College


Why is food and water important and why do we need to eat and drink, should we all just eat what we like when we like? How is the food processed in our bodies, are all foods the same and equally important, does a baby need the same food as a teenager or an adult? Diet and nutrition will be defined and better understood. Healthy eating with regular exercise is key. Before we learn about what our bodies need, we also need to understand how we process food, how we get fat, build muscles and have enough energy to run our body so that we can walk, talk, pump our heart, breathe, blink our eyes, maintain our body and grow – basically to stay alive. Lessons on this online diet and nutrition course will be learned through practical activities which can easily be done at home.

Course Content

Module 1 - The Digestive system

 We start by studying how our body processes the food and water using the digestive system, some foods like cellulose are not digested and what happens to this is as important to know as making use of food groups. This module concentrates on exploring the digestive systems, so that, before we look at the specifics of diet and nutrition, we have an understanding of how the different areas of our digestive system work. Why is the mouth as important as the intestine? It is important to know more about how food gets from our plates into our tissues and cells, and what foods are beneficial to our body. When looking at the subject of diet and nutrition, it is important for us to consider what nutrition actually is, why we feel hunger and why we need food.


Module 2 - Dietary Nutrients


This module introduces the basics of good nutrition and the nutrients our body need. The important dietary nutrients of carbohydrate, protein and fats and oils, vitamins, minerals and water are explained in more detail, so that we can understand the function of these nutrients in our body. It helps us understand how to introduce good nutrition into our daily lives and teaches us concepts such as "Energy Balance", "Body Mass Index" and "The Harris Benedict Equation". How can people stay healthy and what foods and in what amounts are needed to achieve this is discussed. Food can also be a problem and this needs to be investigated to raise the problems people face.


Module 3 - Supplementary Nutrients


As well as the usual foods we also need vitamins and minerals in our diet from citric acid (vitamin C) to zinc. There is a trend also to take herbs and natural supplements such as garlic or cod liver oil directly or as capsules. A lot of people believe that vitamins and minerals are health enhancers and that consuming plenty of them will lead to a long and healthy life. In fact, as we will discover in this module, vitamins and minerals do not directly provide us with energy nor does consuming a lot of them automatically guarantee optimal health. So what do they do, why are they especially important for babies, children, the elderly or if we are ill or run down. What happens if you take too much (our body simply gets rid of them). It is important to know where they come from and what exactly they do in our body.


Module 4 - The Role of Fluids


Humans will die quickly without air and survive just a few days without water. In this module, we will look at why we need to drink water, liquids or food containing them and the best way of obtaining sufficient quantities. 60-70% of our body weight is made of water. Water is essential to life, e.g. it helps to maintains our body temperature and it helps get rid of waste, cushions our joints, and all of the internal body functions need water. We will also examine the role of electrolytes (mineral salts), and learn how to recognize and prevent dehydration. Alcohol is a common fluid consumed as a drug and having little other benefits than providing the body energy (high calorific value). We also explore some facts about alcohol and how our bodies metabolise it, as well as the effects of alcohol on our health.


Module 5 - Weight Loss and Dieting


The main reason people want to control their weight is for better health, as well as wanting to improve appearance and confidence. Generally dieting does not work, unless it involves healthy eating with regular exercise. This module looks at the effects of weight loss on health, and highlights the risks of rapid weight loss methods. We examine the reasons why many people find it so difficult to lose weight and then maintain this loss. We also look at appetite control and metabolism and the effects of different diets, culminating in simple effective strategies we can use to lose weight and maintain this weight loss. We also consider simply strategies for gaining weight, without it turning into fat.


Module 6 – Vegetarianism


Surveys suggest that about one in twenty people in the United Kingdom are vegetarian; many people choose to eat meat rarely or occasionally. A vegetarian diet is followed for a variety of reasons, from religious to moral and ethical reasons. This module looks at the whole topic of vegetarianism, including some of the reasons people choose a vegetarian lifestyle. Are there any health benefits of a vegetarian diet, or, indeed, are vegetarian diets always healthy? The different variations of the vegetarian diet and what essential elements are limited is discussed, and some ideas for meals to suit needs and provide a fully balanced meal are therefore included.


Module 7 - Young People


Children and young people’s nutritional needs depend on their life-style and the amount of energy they use. This depends on age, gender and the amount of activity, so their particular nutritional requirements must be assessed on an individual basis. This module will be of particular interest to all those involved in caring for young people and young people themselves, to help them maintain health. The energy needs of young people, especially if they are very active, as well as their protein, carbohydrate and fluid needs is explored, specifically looking at how these may differ from the needs of adults. The needs and diets of women planning to conceive or pregnant women is also studied to start this topic discussing the needs of the child from their earliest point of life.


Module 8 - Groups with Special Dietary Needs


The diet and nutrition of groups with special dietary needs, including women at different stages of their lives, including during pregnancy and the menopause, will have special focus here. So, for example, girls who exercise vigorously may be late menstruating (amenorrhoea). Other groups with special dietary needs include those diagnosed as having diabetes, heart disease, allergies and asthma. The signs and symptoms associated with these diseases and what can be done to prevent or delay their onset will be considered. The importance of all essential minerals and vitamins will be explored in this particular context. Our body cannot make Iron so how to provide sufficient amount and prevent anaemia will also be explored.


Module 9 - Eating Disorders


The three main categories of eating disorder are anorexia, bulimia and compulsive eating (some consider obesity to be a fourth type). What they are is explored, and according to most experts on the subject of eating disorders, rather than just being a problem with food and body image, it is believed they are an outward expression of psychological conflict. It may not be easy to label a sufferer as being one or the other of these, as quite often, anorexics might later become bulimic and compulsive eaters might also become bulimic from time to time. It is more useful to know and explore the distinct differences between the eating disorders (often termed disordered eating) and their effects. Strategies to help counter these illnesses and improve body image will be discussed.


Module 10 - Personal Dietary Plans


There is evidence that most people do not understand how to maintain a healthy state. As for children, our needs depend on age, gender and the level of activity. Having a health plan is not just about maintaining body weight, but more about leading a healthy lifestyle. This depends on individual needs and needs to be devised methodically. Designing a personal dietary plan needs to take into account all the personal details of the person the plan is for. It may be for yourself or for someone you are advising about diet and nutrition. A plan includes suggestions and ideas for healthy, balanced meals, treats and advice on keeping food (calorie intake) and exercise (calorie expenditure) diaries, so that any goals and targets set may be successfully achieved within a given time frame.

Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.


Diploma in Diet & Nutrition

This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
Quality Assured by QLS

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC 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 is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual 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.

How can I progress

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Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

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What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

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Overall rating 4.6 out of 5 based on 5 student reviews

Excellent service doing this course. All assignments were marked with-in a day, some even on the same day, which is fab. Would definitely use oxford learning again in the future.

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Hi Oxford, It was an exciting journey for me as I completed my course. I have learned a lot of things and new info where I can implement them into myself. But there is one disappointment where I have to purchase my own embossed certificate after my exam where I have worked so hard for and receiving a digital version of a certificate is quite sad and disappointing for me.... I live in Malaysia and 35 British pound is quite a large sum to me and have to add another 10 British pound for delivery outside of UK. Do you think you can lessen on the fees for me? Regards, Elissa

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Overall I enjoyed the course and learnt a lot about the subject however I feel that the final multiple choice examination was not an accurate test of the course content. Had I not studied AS level biology last year I would have struggled to answer several of the questions. I found the SAP\'s very beneficial and I would suggest that in addition to these, perhaps a multiple choice examination (or other) at the end of each module would be a more accurate test of knowledge learnt throughout the course.

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Distance learning was a great experience I have learnt a lot while doing my diploma in diet and nutrition. Thanks for all your help and support I\'m so happy I have passed.

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I really enjoyed this course, you work at your own speed fitting modules in as and when life allows. Your work is marked very quickly and you are not sat around waiting to see how you have done before you start your next module. With a time scale of 1 year you have time (but not so much that you forget) to do the reading required. Over all I really recommend this course.

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