Essentials of Nutrition

FacultyScience and Technology

Nutrition as a science has evolved from many disciplines including, physiology, cell science, biochemistry and molecular biology. The multidisciplinary nature of the subject area makes it an exciting and dynamic field of study. This online distance learning course will introduce you to fundamental aspects of nutrition such as essentials of a diet, food intake and control, digestion and absorption, macronutrients, micronutrients, dietary requirements and nutrition in health and disease.

Who is this course for?

This online course is ideal for those keen to further their knowledge in the field of nutrition. It is also intended as a preparatory course for students who are looking to do a Masters in the field but have no previous nutritional background.

Upcoming courses
Start date Enrolment start Duration Price  
Flexible – online course 1 October 2016 Approximately 150 hours £500 for six months' access; £100 for one extra month if requested. Register your interest

Course content

This course will cover the following:

  • Unit 1 – Essentials of a diet
  • Unit 2 – Macronutrients I: carbohydrates
  • Unit 3 – Macronutrients II: fats and proteins
  • Unit 4 – Micronutrients I: vitamins
  • Unit 5 – Micronutrients II: minerals
  • Unit 6 – Dietary requirements
  • Unit 7 – Food intake and control
  • Unit 8 – Nutrition, health and disease

Teaching during this course uses distance learning methods including online lecture material, self-assessment activities and tests. Our virtual learning environment is Blackboard Learn Release 9 and we will also use discussion boards to create an online community among students on the course. The Course Coordinator will check discussion boards once a week and will facilitate discussions.

This course should take approximately 150 hours to complete. Each unit is expected to take 10-12 hours' study time (80-96 hours total for all units). Students can check their understanding and progress via formative multiple choice questions. The course is assessed via 100 per cent coursework, which consists of four essays submitted at the students' own pace but within the four month duration. It is expected that students will spend the rest of the module time (54-70 hours) researching and writing essays. Students are advised to follow the units in order of presentation on Blackboard.

The knowledge gathered from this course will enable students to further their studies in the field of nutrition.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • explain basic aspects of biochemistry and physiology relevant to the study of nutrition
  • outline the processes involved in digestion and absorption
  • describe the role of each of the macronutrients and selected micronutrients
  • explain dietary reference values
  • give examples of the influence of nutrition in health and disease

The course material has been developed by a number of lecturers in the Faculty of Science and Technology who have many years of experience in higher education and in the field of nutrition. All are actively involved in research, consultancy, community work, international work and business development.

The Course Coordinator for this online course is Dr Rumy Begum who is a part-time Senior Lecturer in nutrition and exercise science. She has been teaching on the Human Nutrition and Nutrition and Exercise Science undergraduate pathways here at Westminster for over 10 years. Her PhD work focused on the development and application of techniques to assess the efficacy of nutritional ergogenic aids. While her interest in sports nutrition remains, she is currently focused on education, nutritional knowledge in communities and health and wellbeing.

After completing this course no formal accredited qualification is awarded, however you will receive a certificate of completion.

If you intend to apply for an MSc, you should ideally complete this course anytime between September and April, allowing ample time to organise paper work for MSc courses, such as visas.

Contact us

For administrative queries

Nazmin Islam
Short Course Administrator

T: +44(0)20 3506 9900