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Nutrition home study course (1 year)

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Alternative Training provides professional high quality home study courses. They are ideal for anyone who desires flexible learning. Study can be done anywhere in the world and be started whenever you like. The courses can be spread over long time periods so they can be fitted into busy life schedules.

This course is ideal for anyone interested in nutrition that wants to expand their knowledge of the area, to separate the fact from the fiction. If you want to find out for yourself what is healthy then our nutrition course is perfect for you. Foods and their effects on health are something that affects us all, and this course gives you a stepping-stone into this growing area of interest.

Units: 1-3
Study Hours: 125 - 175
Time: estimated 9/12 months (timing up to you)
Re-enrolment: No re-enrolment for two years

Why nutrition?
Is there a relationship between nutrition and health? Is it important to eat healthily? Yes, of course! The food you eat has a direct relationship to how you think, feel and perform. It affects your level of energy in the day and how well you sleep at night.

A healthy balanced diet helps you to:

  • lead an active lifestyle
  • meet your nutritional needs
  • protect against health problems
  • improve your mood and stress levels
  • maintain or restore a healthy weight
  • develop your overall health
  • feel good about yourself
  • gain vitality and energy
  • boost your immune system
  • enhance you ability to concentrate

    What could be more essential than healthy eating?

  • Food and mealtimes are traditionally the heart of social and cultural events. As well as providing nourishment, healthy eating can help facilitate connections between people. Cooking fresh, nutritious meals is an enjoyable way to spend time, either on your own or with others.

    Nutrition is an indispensable part of our everyday lives and something that people are becoming increasingly more conscious of. A growing number of people want to know more about how to make healthy and informed choices about diet and nutrition. There are so many benefits of a healthy diet and this course can inspire you to put them into practice.

    Our distance-learning course is designed to give you a holistic and comprehensive overview of nutrition. It's a great introduction to the world of nutrition for both you and your family, providing you with firm base of understanding.

    The course is made up of three units. In unit 1 you learn about the macronutrients: the essential functions of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. In unit 2 you will investigate the micronutrients: the world of vitamins, minerals and water. In unit 3 you study nutrition in relation to health. Contemporary subjects such as `detox`, food combining, allergies and supplementation, are all explored.

    Purposefully written and clearly presented, this easy to follow course is thorough in content. Each section has clear learning objectives that facilitate your progress. By the end of the course you should have a wholesome understanding of the following areas:

  • carbohydrates, fats and proteins
  • intolerance to wheat and dairy products
  • digestive and eliminative processes
  • functions of the vitamins in the body
  • common sources of vitamins in food
  • vegetarian and vegan diets
  • fasting and special diets
  • detoxifying the body
  • main dietary contributions to allergies
  • food combining and its perceived benefits
  • potential benefits of organic foods
  • minerals, vitamins and other nutrient supplementations
  • basic components of a healthy diet

    Nutrition, health and diet are so much on people's minds these days and this way you too can become well informed. Home study is a very accessible way to learn and anyone can take it up anytime.


  • The course is designed to provide you with a sound knowledge of nutrition. You will learn just how important nutrition is to human health and about the relationship that exists between diet and states of health and disease. The easy to follow syllabus helps you identify, understand and appreciate the vital role of nutrition and diet.

    The course is the equivalent to a vocational 'A' level or NVQ Level 3 and will provide you with a solid foundation should you wish to undertake further study or start an education in nutrition.


    As this is a distance-learning course you can integrate the learning into your own lifestyle according to your needs. You receive from us the highest level of support by post or email. Our personal tutors give you guidance and feedback on your progress upon the completion of each unit.

    This form of continuous assessment provides you with ongoing motivation. There are no exams and no prior medical training is necessary. Upon completing the course the Alternative Training certificate will be awarded.


    The nature of the home-study courses enables you to work and to assimilate the course material at your own pace. Completion of the course takes about 125 - 175 hours, (approximately 6 - 9 months). You are free to decide how much time to put in and when, and we play a supporting role. If you have purchased the course with tutor marking you will also be given contact details for your tutor.

    The printed course manual is sent to you in a convenient ring binder. The learning programme consists of three units. Each unit contains explanatory text, reading references for the two textbooks that accompany the course, short self-assessment questions and longer assignments.

    The course is designed to take you through the process of identifying, understanding and appreciating each individual aspect of nutrition. Step by step you are given a sure foundation in nutrition.

    There are two selected textbooks that are essential for the course. They have been especially chosen to give you the best and most encompassing education the subject:

    Diet and Nutrition
    by Rudolph Ballentine

    This book provides a holistic and comprehensive overview of the field, bringing the ageless insights of the East together with the modern scientific discoveries of the West. The facts are presented clearly and precisely, providing the reader with an in-depth understanding and practical approach.

    Essentials of Human Nutrition
    by Mann and Truswell

    This book has already established itself as the most reliable and accessible textbook for students embarking on courses in human nutrition. It has been adopted as a course textbook in several countries and has proven itself to be an invaluable reference work.


  • designed to provide a sound knowledge of nutrition
  • from macro to micro, one discovers how we get the most out of our food, how the physiology of food processing works in a healthy body and how it can go wrong
  • course will also provide a very solid foundation if you later wish to undertake further study
  • clearly presented, easy to follow and thorough in content
  • personal tutors give guidance and feedback
  • highest level of support by post or email
  • study days with tutors and students
  • study can be started and finished at any time
  • work at your own speed and pace - timetable to suit you
  • no prior medical training is required
  • continuous assessment provides ongoing feedback and motivation
  • there are no exams
  • certificates are awarded on completing the courses
  • course is regularly updated


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    Equivalent to UK vocational 'A' Level/NVQ 3


    £335 (UK price)


    Alternative Training


    Distance Learning


    Tel. +44 (0)1453 765 956



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