Explore the Principles of Healthy Eating

Providing you with a good understanding of the importance of healthy eating.


Why take this course?

More than half of the people in the UK are overweight or obese. This ever increasing figure includes 61.9% of adults and 28% of children and young people. This statistic could decrease significantly with a more wide-spread and engaged understanding of the importance of healthy eating.

This short, auto-marked programme will give you a good knowledge and understanding of the topic, and cover a range of key issues.

What you will experience

The course has five main sections:

Section 1: Diet and health
In this section the learner will learn about the multi-faceted meaning of the term ‘diet’, what a healthy diet looks like and how to enjoy and maintain a balanced diet. Key topics are energy and its sources, lifestyle, obesity and the positives and negatives of salts.

Section 2: Components of a healthy diet
Learners will learn to identify different food groups, understand the elements of a balanced diet and learn all about effective approaches in keeping the body healthy.

Section 3: Nutrients and their role in maintaining health
Learners will identify the importance of nutrients, fluids and fibre and understand their pivotal role in maintaining good health and wellbeing.

Section 4: Healthy food preparation
In this section, learners will cover the key concepts of food preparation and understand what is essential to consider when planning a meal.

Section 5: Food safety awareness
This section will introduce the learner to food safety and will help them understand personal hygiene, cleaning and contamination.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course will require you to manage your workload independently, without tutor support.

Subject area

Entry requirements

Previous knowledge or experience would be of benefit but is not essential.

What you will need

Students must have access to a computer with a broadband internet connection.

What you need to know

Anything else?

This is a Distance Learning course which means you can study at home, in the workplace or wherever you choose at times that are convenient for you. You do not have any classes to attend. The materials for this course are provided as webpages for you to work through online. As you progress through the course materials you will find explanations of each feature, followed by practical exercises.

Fee Waivers

Please note that fee waivers or funding do not apply for this course.

Next steps




Duration Fees Code
5 Hours over 1 Month £30.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330
Email: enquiry@nescol.ac.uk

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website: www.nescol.ac.uk, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.