Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (short course)

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Why study this course?

Nutrition is a vital component of human health. The intensive, four-week Fundamentals of Human Nutrition online course provides an introduction to this dynamic and exciting field. You should have completed Science at Level 3 (eg A Level, Science Access Course or equivalent).

More about this course

The online Fundamentals of Human Nutrition course is designed for those who have studied science at A Level and who are interested in learning about Nutritional Science. The course has been designed by and is run by the Dietetic and Nutrition academic team at London Metropolitan University and is designed to meet the requirements of a 15 credit module at level 5.

This course teaches you to:

  • describe the function and key sources of macro and micronutrients, and their relationship with human metabolism and the maintenance of good health
  • explain the concepts of balance and turnover and how energy and protein are conserved and utilised in metabolic pathways
  • discuss the role nutrition plays in obesity and other non-communicable diseases

On successful completion of the course you'll be issued a course completion certificate.


The course will be assessed by:

  • one scientific report
  • online multiple choice tests and other short online activities

Fees and key information

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Entry requirements

You should have completed Science at Level 3 (eg A Level, Science Access Course or equivalent).

Course structure

The four-week online course will be run through Weblearn, the University’s virtual learning environment. You'll have access to a number of modules that have been specifically designed for this course, in which there will be a combination of lectures, exercises, online quizzes and suggestions for extra reading.

  • You can work at your own pace and access materials 24 hours a day.
  • The course materials will be available from 6am on the first Monday of the course and your assignments will be due in at 3pm on the final day of the course.
  • You should aim to spend the first two weeks of the course working through the modules, reading the online lectures, textbooks and papers, and undertaking the online activities and quizzes associated with each module.
  • In weeks three and four you will complete a scientific report.
  • You should expect to spend between 18 and 37.5 hours a week on this course to successfully complete it.

You'll be encouraged to interact with other enrolled students and your course leader via online discussion forums and online activities. You'll have access to at least two live support sessions and one one-to-one assessment support session during normal working hours.

During your course you'll have access to the University library’s electronic books and journals, and study support services.

The provisional start date for the course is 15 June 2020.

What our students say

"Excellent feedback and very good standard achieved overall."

"I found the course excellent; I had never covered any nutrition on my course and would thoroughly recommend it to fellow junior doctors and medical students."

"I enjoyed the whole course, I wish it had been longer."

"The course was very useful and very well laid out. It was very accessible and informative and clearly defined the information that you needed to take away from the course."

"I found the course lectures very useful. I will be able to refer to that knowledge in the future."

"The tests at the end of each module really helped me to see how much I had learned. I could then go back and review items that I didn't do so well on."

After the course

This course has been designed to increase eligibility for our Dietetics and Nutrition PGDip and Human Nutrition MSc courses, which lead to registration as a dietitian or nutritionist.

Please note, this course does not qualify you to work as a nutritionist or dietitian and does not guarantee you a place on these postgraduate courses.


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Terms and conditions

Please read our Terms and Conditions ?before booking.?You'll be asked to confirm you agree to these before payment is made.

Please note, if you are an international student who needs a visa to study in the UK the University will not be able to issue you a visa to study on this part-time course.

How to apply

To book on to one of our short courses, visit our eShop. After you've paid for the course you'll be sent the relevant paperwork to submit via email. This will include an application form and copy of your passport and visa (where appropriate). Following receipt of these, an account will be set up within approximately two working days. Your course leader will contact you within the week prior to the course with any further instructions.

If you have a learning difficulty, illness or disability that you feel may affect your completion of the course, please contact the course leaders prior to applying (or as soon as you become affected if it's after enrolment) to discuss any necessary modifications. The course leaders can grant a maximum discretionary two-week extension in the case of pre-disclosed difficulties or last-minute mitigating circumstances.

When to apply

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and close one week before the start of the course.