The Weight Management Consultant Diploma - Level 3 Course is designed for students interested in becoming a weight management consultant with the option to open and run their own business. This course will show how to design weight loss plans for others, to obtain information on how the body uses food and to teach the important benefits of nutritious foods. It is also suitable for people who wish to know more about the benefits of nutrition and healthy eating.

On completion of this course the student will have gained a comprehensive knowledge of why people may wish to lose weight, an understanding of eating disorders and how the digestive system works. By the end of this course the learner will have gained the knowledge that will allow them to read and understand food labels, work out a client's Body Mass Index and have the ability to be able to run their own weight management consultancy service.

The study material is designed to allow the learner to obtain information on how to educate clients into having a better relationship with food, and for them to gain an understanding of a programme to follow that will allow them to lose weight.

On successful completion on this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate Award.

The course includes the following units:-

  • Unit 1 - Why is weight such an issue?

This introductory module examines the subject of weight problems and explores some of the reasons why this widespread concern is an issue for individuals, looking in particular at areas such as; confusion and reasons for weight control.

  • Unit 2 - Understanding eating disorders and food sensitivities

This module is focussed on the examination of recognised problematic relationships with food, in other words eating disorders and studies areas of relevance such as; Anorexia, Bulimia and binge eating.

  • Unit 3 - Nutrition and health problems

This module studies specific health conditions, looking at how they affect, and are affected by weight gain, and examines areas of relevance such as; digestion, nutrition in pregnancy and weight gain linked to injury.

  • Unit 4 - Understanding food labels

This module looks specifically at food labels and examines the importance of taking note of the information provided on them in order to aid positive weight management, focussing on relevant considerations, such as; sugar, dates, and preservatives.

  • Unit 5 - Food composition

This module considers what different types of food are made up of and looks at what they contain, focussing specifically on areas such as; carbohydrates, what counts as five a day the importance of fruit and vegetables.

  • Unit 6 - Vitamins and minerals

This module teaches about the nutrients in food known as vitamins and minerals and details what food contains what, what different nutrients do and how they affect the body.

  • Unit 7 - Index, portions, and diaries

This module promotes the understanding of the Body Mass Index and details various guidelines on how to calculate this for clients, BMI monitoring and the importance of portion control to maintain the correct index for the specific individual.

  • Unit 8 - Records, goals, and body shapes

This module advises on how best to keep track of a client's progress. The materials contained predominantly examine; the production and usage of the record card, how to set goals and also teaching individuals to use weight loss charts.

  • Unit 9 - Excuses and reasons for weight gain

This module studies the array of excuses individuals use in an attempt to justify why they gain weight. The materials explore some of the most commonly used explanations and examines ways in which you can respond in a positive way to challenge this reasoning and support individuals to make the right choices.

  • Unit 10 - Diet types

This module is concerned with the various types of diets available and examines the specific benefits and pitfalls associated with different options in order to instil you with the knowledge on choosing what is best for your client's needs.

  • Unit 11 - The benefits of exercise

This module looks at the importance of exercise with regards to weight management. The materials contained study why we need to be active and examines how exercise can be tailored to the individual to assist them with their weight loss goals and help them to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  • Unit 12 - Everyday exercise

This module is an extension of module 11 in that it continues to explore the importance of exercise in helping to maintain a healthy weight. The materials contained here however look at more subtle ways in which exercise can be incorporated into everyday life, when other options such as attending a gym, for example, become a difficulty.

  • Unit 13 - Creating a diet plan

This module focusses specifically on how to create a diet plan to suit the individual needs of your client, looking at a range of considerations, such as; different types of meal, snack considerations and hitting a plateau.

  • Unit 14 - Business and making it work

This module considers weight management as a business, looking at how you can create and maintain your own company and manage your own clients. The materials contained looks at important considerations such as: legal aspects, sticking to a business plan and advertising.

  • Unit 15 - Diet tips and advice your clients will love

This concluding module adds to all the knowledge gained in the course so far by providing some final tips which you can teach your clients, to give them that final push in achieving their weight management goals.

Prerequisites:

There is no prior learning knowledge or experience required to take this course.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.

Assessment:

You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Coursework consists of a series of word processed or written assignments, which are submitted to and then marked by your course tutor. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.

Certification:

NCFE On successful completion of this course students will be awarded a Weight Management Consultant Certificate of Achievement by NCFE. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 3 (using Ofqual's Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.

Further information about Ofqual's Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors can be found at http://www.ofqual.gov.uk/qualifications-and-assessments/qualification-frameworks/levels-of-qualifications/

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are: the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government, and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

NCFE accreditation gives assurance that the content of a training course is of a high standard and meets the rigorous requirements of a national awarding organisation. NCFE accreditation also gives formal recognition to courses, which result in the award of a certificate of achievement but does not qualify you for a nationally recognised qualification. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence through NCC, an approved NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to this course. Training courses have been specifically designed by the course developer to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home.

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