Nutrition, Diet & Health

Providing you with a detailed introduction to healthy living.


Why take this course?

This online e-learning course provides information that will benefit learners with little or no previous knowledge of Nutrition, Diet and Health. Learners will gain a good understanding of the importance of providing meals that fulfil the nutritional requirements of the human body in order for it to maintain health and wellbeing.

Learners will explore the basic components of nutrition and will understand the role energy, protein, vitamins and minerals play in the provision of a healthy well-balanced diet. The course explains what each nutritional component is and provides examples of the different types of foods they can be sourced from.

As learners progress through this course they will discover that there are fundamental differences in the nutritional requirements of male and female human beings and will understand how the nutritional requirements of the human body change as it progresses through the life cycle.

What you will experience

The course explains the importance of achieving ‘Energy Balance’ in order to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle and provides information on how to make healthy and informed choices when planning a diet. Learners will use an interactive Body Mass Index (BMI) chart as an aid to identifying obesity and will benefit from information and guidance on how to avoid and manage obesity and other health conditions associated with it.

Information, guidance and examples are provided for the provision of alternative sources of nutrients to people who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet. The course also includes information on catering for the dietary needs of people with food allergies and intolerances and explains the importance of food labelling as a tool for avoiding allergens and foods containing high levels of fat and sugar.

The study units are:

  • An Introduction to Nutrition
  • The Basics of Nutrition
  • Nutritional Requirements Throughout Life
  • Managing and Avoiding Obesity and Disease
  • Nutrition and Special Diets
  • Preserving, Processing and Labelling Food.
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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

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:, 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.