BTEC HND in Health Diet and Nutritional Studies

Btec Hnd in Health Diet and Nutritional Studies

btec hnd in health diet and nutritional studies

About The Course :

Btec Hnd in Health Diet and Nutritional Studies

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to learn the knowledge, skills and tools essential to the many facets of health, diet and nutritional studies. The health, diet and nurition vocational training course will prepare you to enter a higher education degree programme, or enter directly into employment in management.

You will have the opportunity to learn about anatomy and physiology, pathology, immunology and epidemiology, the promotion of health and wellbeing, the science of nutrition, weight loss and dieting, eating disorders, using nutrition as a treatment, and much more.



You may take up to 2 years to complete this course and you will receive unlimited tutor support throughout.


What Can I Do After Completing This BTEC HND in Health Diet and Nutritional Studies Course?

Once you have successfully completed this course you will be able to use your HND in Health, Diet and Nutritional Studies as a qualification to enter into university, complete a final year of study, and obtain a full degree.


Syllabus and Unit Specification:

Unit 1: Using ICT in Health, Diet and Nutritional Studies     

btec hnd in health diet and nutritional studies

Information, communication and technology (ICT) comprises core skills for learning. In this distance learning course utilisation of methods, tools and strategies of ICT is important in order to establish and maintain a sound working relationship with tutors and the college. Students will need to develop ICT skills in order to communicate effectively and maximize their study progression.

Unit 2: Understanding health and wellbeing

There are many influencing factors which contribute to an individual’s perceived or actual state of health. Within this section we will explore some of the key factors. The social sciences are usually concerned with the study of human patterns of behaviour, activities and experiences of groups and communities and how those groups are organized into societies .

Unit 3: Understanding disease processes

Defining health is a difficult and subjective issue; it could simply be an absence of disease or disease symptoms, to other individuals it may be a snapshot of how they feel at any given time and may even be when diagnosed disease exists.

Unit 4: Promoting health

Health promotion is a collaborative process; as well as involvement by public health departments, the NHS and local provisions; there are many ways in which individuals can take responsibility for improving their own health and maintaining a positive status. This module examines the provisions and ways in which individuals can take this responsibilityis however.

Unit 5: Anatomy and physiology in health and disease part 1

In each of these following units, example illnesses and conditions will be presented and discussed alongside the core course material

Unit 6: Anatomy and physiology in health and disease part 2

The endocrine system consists of several unconnected glands. These glands contain groups of secretory cells which are surrounded by dense networks of capillaries, allowing the diffusion of the hormonesthey produce, into the bloodstream. Hormones are chemical messengers which target specific organs and tissues in the body, influencing growth and metabolism.

Unit 7: Body chemistry and organisation

The atom is the smallest part of a known element that exists in a stable form. Atoms are largely spaces which contain protons and neutrons with electrons continually orbiting them. Neutrons do not carry any electrical charge but protons are positively charged and electrons negatively charged.

Unit 8: Pathology, immunology and epidemiology

of the immune system. The immune system is a collection of cells and proteins that protect the body from harmful micro organisms. In this unit we look at different types of immunity Bacteria and viruses attack the body systems in different ways. In this section we build on knowledge and understanding of pathology and immunology and discuss how diseases are prevented and what kinds of deficiencies in the body might cause these diseases.

Unit 9: Digestion, nutrition and the psychology of appetite

All living organisms, including humans, need food and water, for the following reasons:
To stay alive and to carry out the key activities of ingestion, digestion, absorption, respiration, movement and co-ordination, circulation, excretion and reproduction.

Unit 10: The science of nutrition

The nutrients in our food provide energy, promote growth and development and regulate our bodily functions. A variety of these nutrients are needed to keep fit and healthy particularly if you are generally active. Our body depends on these nutrients, as it is unable to produce sufficient amounts on its own.

Unit 11: Energy and nutrition

Energy is stored within the chemical bonds and when they are broken the energy is released; the amount of energy contained in a food substance can be measured by a process known as calorimetry.This process measures the energy released in a given quantity of food when it is completely oxidised by burning in pure oxygen.

Unit 12: Weight loss, dieting and weight gain

Many people wish to lose weight. They may want to improve their appearance and confidence, as well as improving their overall health and well being. However, rapid weight loss can cause problems and have serious consequences for our health. Therefore, it is essential that we know about safe weight loss methods.

Unit 13: Food safety

For many of us, knowing about basic food safety is something we take for granted. We seem to instinctively know how to avoid food poisoning and how to handle food, possibly because our mums taught us at a very early age.

Unit 14: Treating ailments and illnesses through nutrition

This next unit in this BTEC in Health, Diet and Nutritional Studies course concentrates on looking at how different types of food might help relieve symptoms of illness or conditions as well as contribute to prevention of them.

Unit 15: Diets and dieting

If you pick up any glossy, particularly women’s magazine, you will instantly find some new diet that supposedly “works wonders”. Usually endorsed by some star or other, they claim to help you lose weight quickly, so that you too can be the same size and have the same success!

Unit 16: Eating disorders and nutrition for special populations

Sufferers of disordered eating have an intense fear of becoming fat or gaining weight even though their weight is normal. They may not fall into the clinical eating disorder categories of anorexia, bulimia and compulsive eating, but they may certainly have a sub-clinical eating disorder.

Entry Requirements

All students must be 17 years of age and above. Students should have completed a Level 3 Diploma or an A level standard course (or equivalent) before the Level 5 qualification.

Study Hours

Approximately 60 hours per unit



Qualification: BTEC Higher National Diploma in Health, Diet and Nutritional Studies

On successful completion of this course you will receive a BTEC Higher National Diploma in Health, Diet and Nutritional Studies from EdExcel. The Diploma is equivalent to a Foundation Degree or HE (Higher Education) Diploma.

Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding organisation, offering academic and vocational qualifications and testing to schools, colleges, employers and other places of learning in the UK and internationally.

BTEC HNDs are at the fifth level of the BTEC scale, equivalent to Level 5 of the QCF. They are worth 240 credits.


Requirements for Entry

All students must be 17 years of age and above to complete this course. Students should have completed a Level 3 Diploma or A level standard course (or equivalent) before successfully achieving the Level 5 qualification. All of our Level 3 courses meet this requirement.

Course Fee



Payment by Installments


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