Nutrition Course (QQI Level 5)

314.00 or 158.00 / month for 2 months

  • The purpose of our online QQI level 5 Nutrition course is to provide you with the knowledge of the composition of food and how food affects an individual’s personal well-being.
  • What QQI award do I receive? On successful completion of this module you will gain a QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Nutrition (5N2006).
  • NFQ Credit Value: 15 Credits.
  • How is it delivered? Online distance learning with flexible part-time study from your own home.
  • How long is the Nutrition Course? Students are given ample time (8 weeks) to complete the course and can start it at any time of the year.
  • What does it cost? The full course fee is €314 and includes all documentation, lecturing, assessments, learner registration and QQI certification fees. No other enrolment fees to pay!
  • There is also an Easy Payment option of – €158 per month over 2 months with our unrivaled Easy Payment Plans. Enrol using your Debit / Credit Card or call us on (+353) 1 206 1828 to avail of this offer
  • Study from Home – No classes to attend.


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Course Description


The purpose of this online QQI level 5 Nutrition course is to provide you with the knowledge of the composition of food and how food affects an individual’s personal well-being.


Topics covered include:

  • Composition of Food
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Nutrition and Exercise
  • Food Labelling.

This elearning QQI accredited course means that students can study flexibly at home or at work, while gaining an Internationally recognised qualification.


Who should complete this course?

  • People who wish to pursue a career in any of the complementary therapies.
  • People who wish to pursue a career and work in the fields of natural health, nutrition and physical fitness.


Course Details


Unit 1: Introduction to Nutrition & Approaches to Nutrition


This unit will cover:

  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Approaches to Nutrition
  • Nutrition for Health
  • Protein, Carbohydrates and Fats
  • Dietary Fibre in Europe.


Unit 2: Digestive System


This unit will cover:

  • Digestive System
  • Functions of Accessory Organs
  • Protein – Digestion and Absorption
  • Carbohydrate – Digestion and Absorption
  • Fat – Digestion and Absorption.


Unit 3: Vitamins, Minerals, Phytochemicals, Water & Enzymes


This unit will cover:

  • Vitamins and Minerals
  • Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA)
  • Water Soluble Vitamins – B, C and P
  • Fat Soluble Vitamins – A, D, E and K
  • Minerals
  • Trace Minerals
  • Phytochemicals
  • Water
  • Enzymes.


Unit 4: Energy Balance, Metabolic Rate & Measuring Daily Energy Requirements


This unit will cover:

  • Human Energy Needs
  • Sources of Fuel
  • Measuring Energy
  • Fuel Density
  • Sources of Stored Energy
  • Metabolic Rate.


Unit 5: Water Balance & Super Foods


This unit will cover:

  • Water Balance
  • Body Water Functions
  • Water Requirements
  • Sources of Water
  • Electrolytes
  • Acid – Alkaline Base Balance System
  • Kidneys and pH
  • Super foods.


Unit 6: Sugars & Obesity


This unit will cover:

  • Sugar
  • Recommended Intake of Sugar
  • Digestion of Sugar
  • Effects of Sugar on Your Health
  • Diabetes       
  • Obesity.


Unit 7: Nutrition in Infancy, Childhood, Adolescence & Adulthood


This unit will cover:

  • Growth Cycle
  • Nutrition in Infancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Foremilk and Hind milk
  • Energy Demands for Breastfeeding Mother
  • Bottle-feeding/Formula – feeding
  • Childhood
  • Toddlers: 1 to 3 years old
  • Preschool Children: 3 to 5 years old
  • School-Age Children: 5 to 12 years old
  • Adolescence 12- 18 years
  • Adulthood.


Unit 8: Reading Labels


This unit will cover:

  • Food Labels
  • American Food Labelling
  • Label Listings
  • Claims on Labels
  • Top Allergens in the EU
  • List of 14 Allergens
  • Food Additives and E Numbers
  • Preservatives.


Unit 9: Disease’s


This unit will cover:

  • Disease States
  • Treating Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • The Common Cold, Sinusitis and Asthma
  • Asthma
  • Skin Problems.



Entry Requirements / Prerequisites:

  • Leaving certificate, Level 4 certificate or equivalent in a relevant subject area (Healthcare/Childcare/Sports) and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please ask about our requirements surrounding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry.

  • Mature students (over 23 years) may be exempt from the above prerequisites.

  • English Language Requirement: Students entering programmes leading to awards at Level 5 are expected to be able to: be proficient at reading, drafting, preparing and understanding information across a broad range of topics, including quantitative information.

  • Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment. 

  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.

  • For more details on participation suitability of this course click here».




This course is assessed through a combination of assignments and an online theory exam.


Assignments (2) – 60%.

Assignment 1: The brief for the first assignment will focus on the nutritional content of foods. Candidates will carry out an investigation of foods using appropriate research methods, analyse the results and present conclusions and recommendations. Candidates will submit a report with supporting documentation as part of the evidence.

Assignment 2: The brief for the second assignment will focus on the nutritional requirements of individuals or groups. Candidates will investigate the dietary requirements of specific individuals or groups. They will devise suitable menus, outline the rationale for their selections and make recommendations. Candidates will submit a report with supporting documentation as part of the evidence.

Each assignment carries equal marks.


Examination – 40%.

This online examination will be based on a range of specific learning outcomes and will be 2 hours in duration.


The format of the examination will be as follows:

Section A:

  • 12 short answer questions.
  • Candidates are required to answer 10 (4 marks each).

Section B:

  • 4 structured questions.
  • Candidates are required to answer 3 (20 marks each).



Pass 50 – 64%
Merit 65 – 79%
Distinction 80 – 100%




  • Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Nutrition (5N2006).
  • QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. The Open College is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland. Click here for details of the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Click here for more detailed Accreditation information.
  • All Registration & Certification Fees are included in the course price. No other fees to pay.

QQI Distance Learning Courses


Delivery Format


This QQI Nutrition 5N2006 course is completed through online eLearning and there are no lectures to attend.

Students can complete this course within 8 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.



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