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Diet Nutrition and Exercise for Children QLS


Develop your knowledge of the dietary, nutritional and exercise needs of children with this course.

Course Duration

Up to one year

Course Outcome

You will receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality License Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course


Tutor-marked assignments

Course Options

Study Options

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Course code: SH007
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Course overview

  • Education about nutrition and exercise for children is increasingly needed in the UK to tackle childhood obesity.
  • Encourage children to lead a healthy lifestyle by teaching them to take responsibility for their own health and fitness.
  • This course will allow you to give them the tools to apply sound techniques through their adult life.
  • Develop your knowledge of nutritional and physical needs, food labelling, the digestive system, food hygiene and how to plan a meal.
  • Explore the need for physical exercise with children

The course will allow you to study when and where you want, at your own pace. All coursework can be submitted by either post or email making it easier and hassle-free.

All the materials will be delivered to you by post or email, so it couldn’t be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors are always a click away by email, giving you advice and helping you through your course.

Course content

  • The 5 main food groups
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Starchy foods
  • Meat, fish, eggs, beans, nuts and seeds
  • Milk and dairy
  • Foods containing fat and sugar
  • Not forgetting water
  • Excess and inadequate nutrient intake of both children and adults
  • Calories
  • Dietary fat
  • Monounsaturated fats (MUFA)
  • Polyunsaturated fats (PUFA)
  • Hydrogenated oils
  • Typical breakdown of fats
  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids
  • Omega-6 essential fatty acids
  • Inflammation
  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • Sugars

  • Gluconeogenesis
  • Vitamins
  • BMI

  • Good hygiene practices
  • Cleaning
  • Chilling
  • Cross contamination
  • Re-using bags
  • Freezing and defrosting
  • Pets
  • Cooking
  • Food poisoning
  • Bacteria
  • Treating food poisoning
  • Shopping safely – understanding food standards labelling
  • Allergenic ingredients
  • Display until/sell by
  • Best before
  • Food assurance schemes
  • Assured food standards red tractor
  • Fresh, pure and natural
  • Gluten free
  • Health claims
  • Ingredients
  • Lite or light
  • No added sugar or unsweetened
  • Organic
  • Produce of?
  • Reduced lactose or lactose-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Preservatives

  • Babies and infants
  • Protein content of formula
  • Bottle feeding
  • Long-chain PUFAs
  • Prebiotics
  • Hydrolysed and soya-based formula
  • Weaning
  • First food suggestions
  • Foods to avoid or limit
  • How much solid food?
  • Infant nutrition
  • Pre-school nutrition
  • Fatty foods
  • Sweet sugary foods
  • Salt
  • Drinks
  • Supplements
  • Foods to avoid
  • 6 – 12 years
  • Further considerations
  • Fish
  • Sodium (salt)
  • Breakfast
  • Healthy weight
  • Teenage nutrition
  • Iron

  • Calcium
  • Calcium cofactors

  • Carbohydrates
  • Protein
  • Fat
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Water
  • Eight key nutrients vegetarians need
  • Non-nutrient foods
  • The real benefits of dietary fibre
  • Insoluble fibre
  • Soluble fibre
  • Sources of different kinds of fibre
  • Other non-nutrients
  • Probiotics
  • Prebiotics

  • Dietary supplements
  • Roles of dietary supplements
  • Who might benefit?

  • The balance of good health
  • What is the balance of good health?
  • Who is the balance of good health for?
  • Healthy eating advice
  • Food groups
  • Bread, other cereals and potatoes
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Milk and dairy
  • Meat, fish and alternatives
  • Foods containing fat
  • Foods and drinks containing sugar
  • How much food do people need?

  • Easy-to-follow instructions
  • A healthy, balanced diet with sufficient calories
  • A variety of foods
  • Readily available foods
  • Meal plans and recipes
  • Involvement
  • Managing change
  • Tips on diet planning
  • Know what is in each food group
  • The healthy diet: back to basics
  • How is a diet made up?
  • Diet plans
  • Sleep
  • Introduce healthy sleep habits
  • Structure of the digestive system
  • The alimentary canal
  • The digestive system

  • Food labelling – the traffic light system
  • Aims
  • What do the colours mean?
  • What are the criteria for traffic light labelling?
  • Which food products display traffic light labelling?
  • Why is traffic light labelling important?

  • Are there criticisms?

  • Availability, income, food prices and convenience
  • Advertising and media
  • Societal and traditional aspects
  • Beliefs and personal values
  • Sensory aspects – hunger, appetite, palatability and taste
  • Education, knowledge, skills (e.g. cooking ability) and time
  • Mood, stress and guilt
  • Other factors that affect food choice
  • Changing food behaviour: successful interventions

  • Loss of appetite after illness
  • Children at risk of poor diet
  • Additional dietary considerations for some children
  • Vegan and Vegetarian Diets
  • “Fussy” eaters
  • Food allergies
  • Coeliac disease

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Physical exercise for adolescents
  • Pre-school exercise
  • Exercise for children
  • Are children active enough?
  • Activity logs
  • Government policy
  • Method and application
  • Specific sports training
  • Varied activities

  • Further considerations

Awarding Body

This course has been endorsed by the Quality License Scheme for its high-quality, non-regulated provisions and training programmes.

This course and/or training programme is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. Your training provider will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example, progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit the learner FAQs on the Quality Licence Scheme website.

The Quality License Scheme’s endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Extra Information

This course is assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to your tutor to be marked. No external examination is required.

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. We suggest that the course will take approximately 90 hours to complete.

The course is designed for distance learning at home or at work. Students will receive all course materials by post or online, plus tutor support by email.

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality License Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).


You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

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• Dedicated personal tutor support
• Dedicated learner services
• Assignment marking and feedback
• Open Study College pen and highlighter

• Student notebook
• FREE XO Student Discounts membership
• FREE CV critique service
• FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers

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