Weight Management Consultant - QLS Level 3 Diploma Course

Course Format:Online Course (With Optional Paper-Based Course Notes)
Self-Study Time:Approximately 200 Hours (Self-Study)
Delivery Time:1-3 Working Days (Email)
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Course Description

The Weight Management Consultant - QLS Level 3 Diploma 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 of this course students will receive a QLS Level 3 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement.

The Weight Management Consultant - QLS Level 3 Diploma Course includes the following units:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Course Format & Delivery

You will receive access to the course materials through an online portal for a 12-month period. Students can use the portal for accessing their course materials, submitting assignments and to log tutor questions. 

Please Note: An optional hard-copy version of the course notes can be purchased for an additional £48.00. This is useful for learners who also want to study away from the computer and means they have course notes they can keep and refer back to beyond their online course license.

Delivery of the hard-copy materials is usually within 5 to 10 working days by a recorded delivery service.


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 through the online portal or 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.


Students will be required to complete a number of assignments. Your personal tutor will review, mark and provide you with feedback on your work. Coursework assignments can be returned by uploading to the online portal, by email or by post.

We recommend that assignments are completed and returned as word-processed documents through the online portal. Handwritten documents can be accepted but need to be clear and legible and may be subject to a longer marking time.

QLS Endorsed Certification

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 NCC 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 NCC 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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