Study the Foundation Diploma In Obesity Management - understand the impact and management of factors on weight control and obesity.
Learn about managing client's weight to meet their own goals.
- Learn about appropriate nutrition, food coaching and counselling, and much more.
- Understand the impacts of lifestyle, psychology, and nutrition on weight.
- Learn how to plan and manage lifestyle choices in order to manage obesity.
- Learn about different approaches to diet and nutrition management.
- Learn about different dietary requirements according to age, or physical activity levels.
- Understand different dietary requirements for athletes - in training or competing.
- Learn about approaches to coaching and consultation.
- Understand ways to plan weight management with clients.
- Learn about the effect of food types on different people - from food intolerances to food related diseases.
The Certificate In Obesity Management provides professional studies and development for -
- People who work in food provision services - from restaurants, to school meals.
- Nursing staff.
- Health or Lifestyle Coaches who wish to broaden their knowledge and services.
- Support workers.
- Welfare workers.
- Retail staff.
- Foster carers.
- Anyone caring for others or delivering care services.
COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT
Course Duration: 1000 hours.
Start Date: Start at any time - study at a pace that suits you, with the guidance and support of our specialist tutors.
Course Content: Students are to study 9 Core Modules plus 1 Elective Module. The Modules are outlined below, and further information for each can be accessed by following the links to the respective module pages.
The Core Modules are:
Nutrition For Weight Loss BRE210
Weight Loss Consultant BRE307
Food Coaching VRE110
Human Nutrition I BRE102
Human Nutrition II BRE202
Human Nutrition III BRE302
Nutritional Therapy BRE211
Children's Nutrition BRE304
Sports Nutrition BRE303
The Elective Modules are:
Life Coaching BPS305
Counselling Skills I BPS109
THE CORE MODULES
This 9 lesson module focuses on the impact of diet upon weight and looks at different ways of controlling and reducing weight. The module considers the basics of nutrition and the recommended daily intake of different food types and nutrients. It looks at different approaches to diet, from popular approaches and fads, as well as the use of commercially available products and supplements. There are a variety of routes to desired outcomes which include changing eating behaviour and restricting calorific intake and these are all considered in this module. Often, problems with weight are not directly the result of poor diet, and the module looks at medical conditions and eating disorders which have a bearing on this. The module is completed with the student undertaking a special project where they present outcomes or recommendations to a dietary problem.
The 9 lessons in the Nutrition For Weight Loss module are:
- Lesson 1. Understanding Obesity
- Lesson 2. Nutrition Basics
- Lesson 3. Diets - Fads, Fiction and Fact
- Lesson 4. Preventing Obesity
- Lesson 5. Treating Obesity
- Lesson 6. Modifying Eating Behaviour
- Lesson 7. Restricting Calorie Intake
- Lesson 8. Medical Conditions: Hormones, Drugs, Eating Disorders
- 9. Planning a Diet
Through 8 lessons, students of the Weight Loss Consultant module will learn about the weight loss industry, studying the scope and nature of weight loss. The module contains lessons which look at managing a diet, through elements such as portion control as well as food types (calories, fats etc.). It also considers the psychological aspects and looks at what tools a consultant has at their disposal to evaluate weight and health, and provide nutritional advice. Particular aspects of the module focus on how a weight loss service may be provided and how a consultation may be conducted. The module is concluded with a lesson which looks at how a weight loss business might be established and the various aspects which need to be considered.
The 8 lessons in the Weight Loss Consultant module are:
- Lesson 1. Scope and Nature of Weight Loss
- Lesson 2. Managing Physical Activity
- Lesson 3. Managing the Diet
- Lesson 4. Managing the Psychology
- Lesson 5. Tools for the Consultant
- Lesson 6. Delivering Weight Loss Services
- Lesson 7. Conducting a Weight Loss Consultation
- Lesson 8. Establishing a Weight Loss Business
This 10 lesson module looks at the effects of lifestyle and nutrition on a person’s health and the processes involved with consulting and advising people to adopt a healthier approach to living. As such, Food Coaching combines coaching skills with knowledge of nutrition to help clients choose better ways of eating and diets which are healthier for them. This is a broad based module which looks at the complete process for a consultant starting out – from the processes of actual consultation to ethics and professional considerations, to the practicalities of managing a food coaching business.
The 10 lessons in the Food Coaching module are:
- Lesson 1. Introduction and the Healthy Diet
- Lesson 2. Professional Standards for Food Coaching
- Lesson 3. Specialist Diets - Chronic Conditions
- Lesson 4. Specialist Diets - Overeating
- Lesson 5. Specialist Diets -Poor Nutritional Diets
- Lesson 7. Food Coaching for Children
- Lesson 8. Lifestyle Changes
- Lesson 9. Moving on
- Lesson 10. Managing Your Food Coaching Service
This 9 lesson module provides a broad introduction to the important elements of nutrition and how it affects human health. Students will learn about the digestive system and how it works. The module looks at the different food groups and the relevance of the different nutritional elements – fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water. Students will understand the basic daily intake requirements for a human and be able to determine specific dietary requirements for individuals. The module concludes with a lesson on disorders related to food and diet.
The 9 lessons in the Human Nutrition I module are:
- Lesson 1. Introduction to Nutrition
- Lesson 2. The Digestive System
- Lesson 3. Absorption and Enzymes
- Lesson 4. Energy Value of Foods
- Lesson 5. Carbohydrates and Fats
- Lesson 6. Proteins
- Lesson 7. Vitamins and Minerals
- Lesson 8. Water
- Lesson 9. Nutrient Disorders
Human Nutrition II builds and extends upon the lessons from Human Nutrition I. In this 8 lesson module, we look further at the dietary intake of individuals and consider how different elements affect the body and physical health, our mental, and emotional health (state of mind). The module also looks at how food is prepared and the effect this has on its properties and concludes with a lesson concerning when and what we eat. Students learned in Human Nutrition I how to determine dietary requirements and with this module will also gain a further depth of knowledge which also covers areas such as the different dietary needs for people of different ages, planning diets for different specific purposes, and producing 7-day diet plans.
The 8 lessons in the Human Nutrition II module are:
- Lesson 1. Cooking And Its Effect On Nutrition
- Lesson 2. Food Processing And Its Effect On Nutrition
- Lesson 3. Recommended Daily Intake Of Nutrients
- Lesson 4. Vitamins
- Lesson 5. Minerals
- Lesson 6. Planning A Balanced Diet
- Lesson 7. Assessing Nutritional Status And Needs
- Lesson 8. Timing Of Meals, And Needs For Special Groups
This 8 lesson module is concerned with health issues arising from diet. It looks at foods which can have a negative effect on certain people and diseases that occur as a result of an individual’s diet. Students will consider which foods are harmful to some, whilst offering nutritional benefits to others. They will also consider properties of different foods – some which may act as a stimulant, for example, and others which may have a positive medicinal effect. As well as looking at toxicity, the module also contains a lesson on detoxification and cleansing. Human Nutrition III is then completed with a lesson on consulting and giving advice to others.
The 8 lessons in the Human Nutrition III module are:
- Lesson 1. Problems With Eating
- Lesson 2. Dental Problems
- Lesson 3. Fibre and Bowel Diseases
- Lesson 4. Different Ways of Eating
- Lesson 5. Food Toxicity A
- Lesson 6. Food Toxicity B
- Lesson 7. Detoxification/Body Cleansing
- Lesson 8.Consulting/Giving Advice
Nutritional Therapy is a 9 lesson module concerned with the approach of using nutrients to maintain or restore optimal nutrition and health for an individual. The module looks specifically at allergies and food intolerance, diabetes, heart disease, cancers, and other conditions and disorders. The module is concluded with a lesson looking at the planning of diets for someone with a medical condition.
The 9 lessons in the Nutritional Therapy module are:
- Lesson 1. Introduction to Therapeutic Nutrition
- Lesson 2. Allergies and Food Intolerance
- Lesson 3. Diabetes
- Lesson 4. Heart Disease, Hyperlipidemia and Arteriosclerosis
- Lesson 5. Renal/Kidney Conditions
- Lesson 6. Cancers
- Lesson 7. Digestive Disorders and Diet
- Lesson 8. Other Metabolic Conditions
- Lesson 9. Strategic Diet planning for a medical condition
Children’s dietary needs are different to those of adults, and continue to change throughout their growth and development. The 10 lesson course looks at the elements which contribute to a child’s healthy development. Nutrition starts before birth and the course therefore spans the period from pregnancy through to infants, childhood, and puberty. As well as looking at the appropriate foods for each developmental stage, it also considers the promotion of good eating habits, and the impact of fast foods and snacks on a diet. The module includes a lesson looking at the preparation of diet plans, and also includes a problem based learning project which aims to provide some practical experience in the area of providing guidelines for diet.
The 10 lessons in the Children's Nutrition module are:
- Lesson 1. Introduction to Child Nutrition
- Lesson 2. Nutrition for Pre-Pregnancy
- Lesson 3. Nutrition in Pregnancy
- Lesson 4. Nutrition in Infants
- Lesson 5. Nutrition in Childhood
- Lesson 6. Nutritional Concerns
- Lesson 7. Healthy Eating Behaviour
- Lesson 8. Issues in Child Nutrition
- Lesson 9. Childhood Obesity
- Lesson 10. Diet Plans
Through 9 lessons, the Sports Nutrition module looks at diet and nutrition for athletes. Different levels of energy are required at different times and an athletes diet will need to vary to match their physical requirements, whether they be training or in competition. The module considers how energy is utilised in the human body and the athletes needs for proteins, fats, carbohydrates, other nutrients, and fluids. Students will learn about the composition of an athlete’s body, along with weight management, and the use of dietary supplements.
The 9 lessons in the Sports Nutrition module are:
- Lesson 1. Introduction to Human and Sports Nutrition
- Lesson 2. Energy
- Lesson 3. Energy in the athlete’s body
- Lesson 4. The Training Diet
- Lesson 5. The Competition Diet
- Lesson 6. Fluids
- Lesson 7. The Athlete’s Body Composition.
- Lesson 8. Weight Management.
- Lesson 9. Training for Size and the use of Sports Supplements
THE ELECTIVE MODULES
Students are to select one of the following Elective Modules:
This 10 lesson module will enable the student to determine what life coaching is and what distinguishes it from other professions such as psychotherapists, counsellors and so on. Students will understand the balance and relationship of elements required for a well-balanced life and the relationships between these. The module highlights key coaching processes and the skills that a life coach needs to develop in order to effectively communicate with their client. It covers such key areas as psychology, physiology, stress, and nutrition, with the concluding lesson of the module looking at the review procedure and determining whether or not and how a programme may be reassessed.
The 10 lessons in the Life Coaching module are:
- Lesson 1. Introduction: Nature & scope of Life Coaching
- Lesson 2. Individual Perception
- Lesson 3. A Well Balanced Life
- Lesson 4. Coaching Processes
- Lesson 5. Coaching Skills
- Lesson 6. Coaching and Physical Well-Being
- Lesson 7. Coaching and Psychological Well-Being
- Lesson 8. Coaching Success
- Lesson 9. Goal Setting
- Lesson 10. Review and Adjustment
There are a number of different aspects which a counsellor needs to consider – they need to know what sort of questions to ask, they need to listen to the responses, but they also need to form some bond with those who they are counselling. This 8 lesson module looks at different types of counselling, considering the different theories and approaches that a counsellor may consider. The module considers how the counsellor may bond with their client, how the client should be made to feel at ease and the combination of elements which will contribute to this. Students will consider how to approach questioning – the types of question to ask and those that should be avoided, and whether they wish to develop discussion with open questions or use closed questions to determine a direction. With lessons that include interview techniques, therapies and how to conclude a counselling session, and case studies to provide context and practical examples, this is a useful module which will benefit people in many areas ranging from parenting, to the work place, to teaching, to volunteer work, and training.
The 8 lessons in the Counselling Skills I module are:
- Lesson 1. Learning Specific Skills
- Lesson 2. Listening and Bonding
- Lesson 3. Reflection
- Lesson 4. Questioning
- Lesson 5. Interview Techniques
- Lesson 6. Changing Beliefs and Normalising
- Lesson 7. Finding Solutions
- Lesson 8. Ending the Counselling
HOW THE COURSE WORKS
You can start the course at any time.
It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies. Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way. If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.
Each lesson includes set tasks, and is completed with an assignment which the student submits to their course tutor. The tutor will mark the assignment and return this to the student with comments and suggestions for further reading.
HOW THE FOUNDATION DIPLOMA IS ASSESSED
The Foundation Diploma requires approximately 1000 hours of study. It is made up of ten 100-hour modules.
To pass the course –
- Pass all assignments on the ten 100-hour modules. There will be an assignment at the end of each lesson to submit to your tutor for marking and feedback.
- Pass ten examinations – one on each module. These are usually taken at the end of the module and can be arranged at a time and location to suit you.
This qualification is accredited by IARC (International Accreditation and Recognition Council).
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- Depending upon your course, your studies may involve independent research, interviews, practical exercises, assessments, Problem Based Learning projects, and more.
OUR STUDENTS SAY
"[the course was a valuable learning experience]. [It] gave me confidence and knowledge to start my own small business and help others with health and weight loss... My tutor was brilliant! She replied to questions promptly and my assignments were always returned quickly with useful critique. She was extremely helpful and supportive and I cannot thank her enough! I am very impressed with ACS from start to finish! I have attended other tertiary institutions before and attended university and have never had such a smooth and positive experience as the one with ACS."
Lisa McDonald - Nutrition For Weight Loss Course
"I am expanding my knowledge and the things I am learning in this course I can use in everyday life as well, for example, when it comes to making food choices, I think back to what I have learned in this course and think about how certain foods can benefit me and my body. I am getting feedback about how I am progressing, both negative and positive points which help me to improve and also gives me confidence in what I am doing and also motivating."
S. Ryan - Human Nutrition 1
WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
- To learn and understand about the different elements which contribute to obesity - nutritional, psychological, physiological and lifestyle choices.
- To learn about coaching and counselling approaches to help manage obesity in children or adults.
- To understand the different requirements of athletes at different times of training or competition.
- Valuable studies for counsellors, nursing staff, parents, foster carers.
- Those seeking to pursue careers in coaching or counselling, or who are looking to expand their existing service provisions.
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