Diet, Nutrition & Exercise for Children - QLS Level 3 Course

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Self-Study Time:Approximately 100 Hours (Self-Study)
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The Diet, Nutrition & Exercise for Children - QLS Level 3 Course is designed to equip students with the theoretical knowledge, information and resources needed to educate parents and children up to 12 years old on how to lead healthier lifestyles.

Due to poor diet and lack of exercise childhood obesity has more than doubled in children in the past 30 years. Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk of conditions such as bone and joint problems, prediabetes, sleep apnea and are more likely to suffer from social and psychological problems.

This course will focus on nutrition and exercise for children and how healthy lifestyle habits such as healthy eating and physical activity can lower the risk of becoming obese. You will also learn how poor food choices can have a detrimental effect leading to health problems later in life.

On successful completion of this course students will receive a QLS Level 3 Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards.

The Course includes the following units:
The following topics are included: 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; and BMI.
The following topics are included: 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; and Preservatives.
The following topics are included: 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 Healthy Weight; Iron; Calcium; and Calcium Cofactors.
The following topics are included: Carbohydrates; Protein; Fat; Vitamins; Minerals; Water; 8 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; and Who Might Benefit?
The following topics are included: 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; and How Much Food Do People Need?
The following topics are included: 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; and The Digestive System.
The following topics are included: 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?; and Are There Criticisms?
The following topics are included: 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; and Changing Food Behaviour: Successful Interventions
The following topics are included: 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; and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
The following topics are included: 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; and Further Considerations.

There are no particular entry requirements for this course, so students can sign up providing they are comfortable studying at a Level 3 standard.

Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.


You will be assessed on TMAs (Tutor Marked Assignments). Most TMAs consists of short paragraph answers, although some TMAs may have a specific word count. The main criteria to pass as assignment is to prove to the tutor that you have fully understood the question and have answered it sufficiently.

If the assignment is not of the required level or needs an amendment it will be detailed in your tutor feedback so you can make any required changes. The course tutor will be happy to give guidance as to how you might improve you answers. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.

About ABC Awards & Certa Awards Certification

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a QLS Level 3 Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards.

This course has been endorsed by ABC Awards and Certa Awards for its high-quality. The Quality Licence Scheme, endorses high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course and/or training programme has been endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme for its high-quality, non-regulated provision 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.

You can find more information on level descriptors from our Certification Overview Page.

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