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About this course

Ofqual Qualification Number: 600/6873/5

Course objectives

The objective of this qualification is to provide you with evidence-based knowledge and understanding of the nutritional requirements for a healthy diet, the effect of diet on health, and the importance of hydration.

You will take a single unit: Principles of Nutrition but may add additional units at a later date to obtain the RSPH L4 Certificate in Nutrition for Physical Activity and Sport or the RSPH Level 4 Certificate in Nutrition for Institutional Food Services.

This qualification is delivered in accordance with the Association for Nutrition (AfN) code of practice.

Its purpose is to protect and benefit the public by defining and advancing standards of evidence-based practice across the field of nutrition and at all levels within the workforce

The AfN aims to ensure its learners clearly and accurately communicate reliable evidence-based healthy eating guidelines and nutrition information.


In this course you will study the following:

  • Sources functions and use of macro and micronutrients
  • Dietary sources of macro and micronutrients
  • Physiological functions of macro and micronutrients
  • Hydration, dietary requirements, and food choices of individuals throughout life
  • Components of energy consumption and expenditure
  • Energy, hydration, and nutrient requirements at different life stages
  • Factors that affect nutrient requirements in relation to social, cultural, religious, and ethnic groups
  • Effects of diet on health
  • Relationship between diet and disease
  • Possible dietary influences for different groups
  • Legislation as it relates to labelling and advertising of food
  • Food labelling requirements
  • Legal requirements in relation to health claims and nutrition claims


Written assignment 

Attainment of the Learning Outcomes for the unit will be assessed by assignment. The assignment will be provided by RSPH and internally marked by the centre, Care in training CIC. Centre marks will be subject to external verification by RSPH. In order to obtain a Pass candidates must be able to demonstrate that they have achieved the learning outcomes for the unit.  

The RSPH has four windows a year open for coursework submission, you will therefore need to submit your work four weeks in advance to allow your work to be assessed and internally verified by us. The submission dates are as follows:

Length of course:

You are free to work through this course at your own pace and in your own time. Once you are ready to submit your completed coursework, to Care in training CIC, you will be registered with RSPH examinations. 


To enrol on this Level 4 Award in Nutrition course you must be 18-years-old or over. It is recommended that learners should have achieved a level of education equivalent to five GCSEs at grades A*-C however exemptions may be made for adult returners with relevant experience.


Upon successful completion of this course candidates will be awarded a Level 4 Award Certificate in Nutrition from The Royal Society for Public Health.

Course curriculum

  • 2

    Sources, functions and uses of macro and micro nutrients

    • Macro and Micro Nutrients

    • Quiz

    • Current UK Guidelines for a Healthy Diet

    • Government Dietary Recommendations

    • Dietary Reference Values

    • Quiz: Dietary Reference Values

    • How much is 5 a day?

    • Food groups

    • Activity: Sources of Nutrients

    • The Eatwell Guide

    • Takeaway: The Eatewell Guide

    • Template: The Eatwell Guide

    • The Eatwell Guide quiz

  • 3

    Energy, hydration and nutrient requirements at different lifetime stages

    • Nutritional needs through life

    • Energy intake and expenditure

    • Activity: Energy and Nutrients

    • Explore Food

    • Activity: Energy through life

    • Activity: Diet through life

    • Activity: Investigating portion sizes

    • What happens to your body when you are dehydrated?

    • Healthy hydration guide for adults and teenagers - British Nutrition Foundation

    • Healthy hydration for older adults with poor appetites - British Nutrition Foundation

    • Hydration for children - British Nutrition Foundation

    • Healthy hydration for children aged 1-4 years - British Nutrition Foundation

    • Healthy hydration for children aged 1-4 years - British Nutrition Foundation (1)

  • 4

    The effects of diet on health

    • My diet

    • British Dietetic Association - Menu planning

  • 5

    Legislation as it relates to labelling and advertising of foods

    • Nutritional information on food labels

    • Activity: Food labels

    • Portion sizes

    • Worsksheet - Investigating portion sizes

    • Recipe modification

    • Nutrition claims

  • 6


    • Part 1.LO1 & LO2

    • Part 2.LO3 & LO4

    • Assessment Learning Outcomes

    • Candidate Assignment Front Sheet

    • Plagarism Statement

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