Students must hold an ITEC Diploma in a Complementary Therapy or equivalent in order to take this course. It is intended that students use this knowledge as an additional service to their clients in order to enhance their health.
The course covers –
- The digestive system and inter relationships with other systems of the body.
- Disorders and diseases affecting the digestive system.
- Water and its functions.
- Food nutrients.
- Diary analysis.
- Dietary guidelines for healthy eating.
- Food processing and preserving.
- Environmental pollutants.
- Current debates e.g. genetic engineering.
- Anti nutrients.
- Consultation procedure.
- Allergies and intolerances.
- Dietary adaptations necessary for a variety of conditions e.g.
- Obesity, diabetes and anorexia.
- Nutritional requirements for a range of clients including children, the elderly, pregnancy and lactation, menopause.
The Diet and Nutrition course is 40 hours long and usually divided into 10 x 4 hour classes. These are initially 2/3 weeks apart, but are spaced out more towards the second half of the course to allow time for students to commence their case studies. The course generally runs over a period of 6/9 months. Exams can be held throughout the year.
A 30 minute multiple choice exam paper is sat. Pass mark 60%.
5 case studies covering a 4 week period are required to be completed and forwarded to ITEC for assessment. Students must pass these in order for the certificate to be awarded.