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Nutrition, Healthier Foods and Special Diets

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Course Overview: Nutrition, Healthier Foods and Special Diets

Awareness of the link between diet and health is rising. Our nutrition course provides essential grounding in the basic principles of nutrition, healthy eating and dietary information. Whether you promote healthy eating for a living or just have a personal interest in nutrition and diet, this course will clarify the link between diet and health.

This self-study online training course provides a good grounding in basic nutrition and health. Our health and nutrition course is suitable for people working in catering environments who are responsible for selecting ingredients, and planning menus and recipes to improve the health of specific groups of people, such as the elderly or the young. It would be particularly relevant for health promoters in the education or health care sectors but is useful for anyone who is interested in healthy eating, balanced diets and nutritional information.

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Who needs a nutrition course?

This nutrition course is designed so that learners will be able to plan healthy meals around current dietary guidelines. This will take into account special dietary requirements, food allergies or intolerances and ethnic minority groups. This healthy eating course offers advice and advises how to plan meals using the eatwell plate for a balanced diet, how to get your five a day, and government eight tips to eating well.

This course is appropriate for anyone who prepares and serves food as part of their work, particularly if they are involved in the selection of menus, recipes and ingredients. It’s also suitable for those whose job role involves the promotion of health, such as community workers and carers in the healthcare sector, school caterers and teachers, and fitness trainers and weight management professionals. It’s useful lifestyle education for anyone interested in healthy eating.

City & Guilds Certified Training for Nutrition, Healthier Foods and Special Diets Foundation course.

Upon completion of this online food safety course, learners will sit an online training test and upon successful completion, will receive a City & Guilds certificate in Nutrition, Healthier Foods and Special Diets, meeting the legal training required for food industry professionals.

As a recognised City and Guilds Accredited centre, our course content and our learner support systems are all City and Guilds approved quality assured, including our online delivery processes. Upon completion of our courses you will receive an official City and Guilds certified qualification for Nutrition, Healthier Foods and Special Diets.


What will you learn?

  • Guidelines to healthy eating- This introductory module covers healthy eating advice, the eatwell plate for the proportion and types of foods for a varied and healthy diet, the Governments 8 tips to eating well and information about food proportions and the health benefits of healthy eating.
  • Nutrition Basics- This module explores energy, fat, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and major minerals. This includes looking at sources, different types and the healthy amount.
  • Nutrition through the lifecycle - In this section, learners will learn about nutrition for the different stages of life, including preconception and pregnancy, weaning to 12 months, school ages children and nutritional guidelines, adolescents, adults and the elderly.
  • Diet and health- This diet and health module covers obesity and health, including diet and common diseases, how to calculate BMI (body mass index) and the different BMI categories.
  • Special Diets- In this section, learners will learn about the nutritional quality of vegetarian diets including sources of iron, protein and iron. This module also covers catering for ethnic minority groups, food allergies and intolerances and those with coeliac disease.
  • Food Processing and labelling- This module explores food preservation, food processing, fortification, methods to reduce nutrient loss and food and nutritional labelling. This section also looks at the traffic light system in food labelling and how to choose healthier.
Certification and Duration

Upon completion, you may print your digital Nutrition, Healthier Foods and Special Diets certificate immediately. The training and test usually take between 2 to 3 hours to complete (depending on learning speed). This is equivalent to 6 hours face-to-face group training.

Learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. If necessary, the learner may attempt the test 3 times at no extra cost, having revisited the training material. If learners have not achieved the 75% pass mark, further attempts may be given by contacting Learner Support.

How it Works

This is a general guide to how the learning management system works.


This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post.

If you wish you may print out any page of the training material and may also print the notes you took during the training. You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

The lesson consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course.


The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can complete the course in stages revisiting the training at any time, however the training and test usually take between 2 to 3 hours to complete, depending on learning speed.

Learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. If necessary, the learner may attempt the test 3 times at no extra cost, having revisited the training material. If learners have not achieved the 75% pass mark, further attempts may be given by contacting Learner Support.

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