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

Course Format:Paper Based Materials (With Optional Online Course Notes)
Self-Study Time:Approximately 100 Hours (Self-Study)
Delivery Time:1-2 Working Days (Courier Service)
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Course Description

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 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement.

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.

Course Format & Delivery

This course is supplied as hard copy paper-based materials. You will receive an A4 ring bound course folder which will include all of your course notes and assignments and there is a separate study guide which should be read before starting the course and explains about support, the required format of assignments and how to submit assignments for assessment. We find this format works well for this particular course as you don't have to be on a computer to work through the notes and you get to keep the course materials after you have completed your study if you need to refer back to them.

We do also offer the option of an online version of the course notes which can be purchased for an additional £36.00 for learners who prefer computer-based learning or are travelling and need access to their course notes. This option is available at the checkout when ordering the course.

The hard-copy course materials are dispatched using a next working day courier service where available and the online course notes are usually issued within 24 hours of processing an application.

If learners would prefer an online only version of the course notes then please contact us for information on how to order this.


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.

QLS Course Endorsement

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a QLS Level 3 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme 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.

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

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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