Principles of Weight Management

Enhancing your understanding of weight and the associated risks, issues and weight management approaches.


Why take this course?

More people in the UK are either overweight or obese than at any other time in the past three decades, according to new data analysis. This could be significantly reduced if an engaged understanding of the importance of healthy eating became commonplace.

This short, auto-marked programme will give you the knowledge you need to understand weight-related health issues and how to control and manage a healthy diet. 

The course is completed online with auto-marked assessments, and can be completed in your own time.  It is a great addition to your CV, as it will highlight your commitment to - and understanding of - health and fitness.

What you will experience

The course has four main sections:

Section 1: The risks associated with ineffective weight management
In this section, learners will familiarise themselves with a range of terms relating to ineffective weight management, learn to recognise health risks associated with obesity and emaciation, and learn about the warning signs of malnourishment.

Section 2: How body image may influence weight management
Learners will start to really understand the meaning of the term ‘body image’ and will study media portrayal of body image and the negative effect it can have on weight management.

Section 3: Effective methods of weight management
This section will help the learner understand the role of a balanced diet, and the meaning of the term ‘energy balance’. Weight management programmes, lifestyle choices and the common myths surrounding weight loss are also studied.

Section 4: Planning a short weight management programme
In the final section, learners will learn how to plan their own diet and nutrition programmes, how to identify goals and how to collect information relating to the plans they are working on.

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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. You will be supported throughout the course by a specialist Distance Learning Tutor.

As you progress they will continue to make regular contact to offer support and guidance, usually by email but sometimes by phone, to ensure you are making good progress and to support your learning throughout. You must be able to study independently through the course materials.

Whilst studying with Business & Community Development, you will have access to the Library+ sites and the Digital Skills Space. You will also have technical and administrative support from Business & Community Development team.

Fee Waivers

Please note that fee waivers or funding may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses.

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.