Diploma in Nutrition


Diploma in Nutrition with QQI Level 5 Nutrition

Course Details

Full Course name:
Diploma in Nutrition with QQI Level 5 Nutrition Minor Award

Classroom based or online

Course Award

Award: City Colleges Diploma
NFQ: QQI Level 5 Nutrition Minor Award

Course Dates

Next course commencing:
Tuesday, 28 January 2020

10 weeks, one evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm

Course Fee

Classroom-based: €995 (€1,095 in installments)
Online: €895 (€995 in installments)

Interested in learning more about Nutrition?

This course provides up to date scientific research, a well-rounded view and base of knowledge to allow the student to identify what they require for their own personal health, that of their families and perhaps friends and to enhance their professional development. The study of nutrition is vast and extensive but we will none the less delve in deep into this exciting world over the course of 10 weeks. Students will have the opportunity to become a member of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism upon completion of the course.

The purpose of this course is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the nutritional composition of food and the affects of food and nutrition on an individuals health and personal well being.

Learners will be able to:

1 Explore the functions of food, specifying the different classes of nutrients and their main functions.
2 Examine the energy values of the different food types and the factors that affect the energy requirement of an individual.
3 Examine basal metabolic rate (BMR) and reference nutrient intake (RNI) and the factors that can alter BMR.
4 Explore the functions of the digestive organs and the process of digestion and absorption of nutrients in the human body.
5 Examine the role of each type of fat (monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated). and fatty acids in relation to health and the effects of the deficiency and excess intake of fat.
6 Investigate the main sources of fat, carbohydrates and protein in the Irish diet.
7 Examine the functions, sources, deficiency symptoms and the effects of excessive intake of the fat-soluble vitamins and water soluble vitamins.
8 Distinguish between digestible and poorly digestible (non-starch polysaccharide NSP) carbohydrates.
9 Examine the functions, sources and deficiency symptoms of minerals, to include, Fe, Ca, I, P, Na, Zn.
10 Explore the importance of fibre in the diet and the sources of soluble and insoluble fibre and the potential health functions of each.
11 Examine the effects of a low and a high carbohydrate diet.
12 Distinguish between essential and non-essential amino acids.
13 Compare the protein content of foods derived from plants and animals.
14 Examine the role of vitamins and minerals in maintaining good health, the reference nutrient intake (RNI) for vitamins and minerals and the factors which affect absorption.
15 Investigate why certain groups of people are at high risk of suffering vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
16 Explore how the vitamin and mineral content of food
can be preserved and the effects of preparation and cooking.
17 Explore the specific nutritional needs and the factors that influence the eating habits of infants, children, adolescents, adults and the elderly.
18 Explore how glycogen loading is achieved.
19 Examine the possible causes and effects of dehydration and the importance of maintaining fluid intake.
20 Specify the labelling of food products in accordance with EU regulations.
21 Examine the main categories of food additives, including E numbers, distinguishing between artificial and natural food additives, and the impact of additives on health.
22 Identify the trace elements that are required in the diet.
23 Test foods for the presence of fat, carbohydrates and proteins.
24 Examine the causes, symptoms and effects of anorexia, nervosa, bulimia and obesity.
25 Examine the role and impact of diet in a range of diseases and illnesses to include; coronary heart disease and hypertension, links between diet and types of cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes and dental health.
26 Explore the role of diet in the treatment of a range of illnesses to include, diabetes mellitus, coeliac disease, cystic fibrosis and lactose intolerance.
27 Examine the different techniques for measuring the nutritional status of an individual.
28 Devise a suitable menu for infants, school-going children, adolescents, the elderly, pregnant women, vegetarians, vegans and athletes.
29 Interpret the nutrition labels on a variety of food products.
30 Evaluate the current dietary recommendations of the Department of Health.

Course Fee

Classroom-based: €995
(€1,095 if paying  in instalments)

Online course: €895
(€995 if paying in instalments)

Non-EU students: €1,295


Dr Al-Najim, Nutrition Lecturer

Dr Werd Al-Najim is a Nutrition Scientist and Health Coach.  Werd gained her BSc degree in Nutrition Science from Kingston University in London.  Shortly after graduating she commenced on a research career in Imperial College London where she investigated obesity treatments. In 2012, Werd started a PhD degree investigating a novel endoscopic intervention for obesity (the EndoBarrier) on food preferences in people with obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. She also holds a health coaching certificate from the Integrative Nutrition school in New York.

Over the past six years, Werd was involved in a number of groundbreaking research studies in the areas of obesity and diabetes in both London and Dublin. She now leads a number of global studies in the Metabolic Medicine Laboratory in University College Dublin. She also provides nutrition consultations in MedFit Proactive Healthcare and, an online nutrition platform.

Assignment 60%

Examination – Theory 40%

Why City Colleges?

  • Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
  • Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
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  • Study rooms and library in our City Centre and Dundrum locations
  • Limited class size
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