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Diet and exercise are becoming increasingly important in the modern day environment. More and more people are considering the effect diet and exercise have on their overall health. The World Health Organization (WHO) has linked obesity with a nine-year reduction in life expectancy. This is extremely worrying, especially for those people who face weight problems.

Throughout this course the student will receive all the information they require in order to be able to implement the changes that need to be made in order to follow a healthier lifestyle for themselves or for their clients.

The aim of this course is to give students the necessary knowledge to embark on a career within the health and fitness industry or simply to improve their own lifestyle.

Course Syllabus


    * Define health, activity, and fitness
    * Discuss the health risks of an inactive lifestyle and poor diet
    * Name and describe five components of fitness

Improving Fitness and Activity

    * Demonstrate an awareness of the obesity epidemic currently affecting industrialized nations
    * Discuss the importance of setting SMART goals
    * Identify barriers to maintaining an exercise routine
    * Plan ways to improve adherence to an exercise program

Measurement in Health and Fitness

    * Identify reasons to measure activity and fitness
    * Name tests for each aspect of physical fitness
    * Discuss tests for health variables including activity and blood pressure
    * Take precautions to ensure that tests are carried out in a consistent way

Planning a Fitness and Training Program

    * Name the principles of training
    * Understand the FITT Principle
    * Show awareness of the three energy systems
    * Use RPE to prescribe exercise intensity
    * Prescribe exercise following the FITT principle

Safety in Exercise

    * Talk about the importance of pre-exercise questionnaires
    * Describe the importance of a warm-up and cool-down
    * Recognise different types of injuries
    * Discuss safety factors pertaining to the exercise facility and the exercising individual that should be considered in designing a program

Anatomy and Physiology

    * Name the 11 physiological systems
    * Describe the structure and function of the:





Nervous system

    * Describe the concept of homeostasis


    * List the forms of energy used by the body
    * Define the terms calorie and Calorie
    * Know the energy currency of the body
    * Describe in detail the three macronutrients, their components, and their subtypes
    * Recognize that cellular pathways convert macronutrients to ATP

The Digestive System

    * Name the parts of the digestive system, and describe their function
    * Identify the sites of absorption of the major vitamins and minerals
    * Discuss digestive enzymes
    * Name the hormones involved in the control of blood glucose


    * Discuss the three major functions of vitamins
    * Identify the function, RDA, and major food sources for each of the 13 vitamins
    * Mention the risk of toxicity for fat-soluble vitamins compared with water-soluble vitamins


    * Discuss the roles of 7 important vitamins in the body
    * Identify the role of calcium in bone-building
    * State the RDA and some major food sources of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, copper, chromium, and selenium
    * Discuss the possibility of toxicity for each of these minerals


    * Define the term food supplement
    * Discuss the risks and benefits of supplementing with certain:




Amino acids

Herbs and other substances

    * Define the terms antioxidant and free radical in the context of diet and exercise

Exercise and Diet for Chronic Disease Prevention

    * Discuss the risk factors for, negative health effects of, and dietary and exercise interventions for:



Cardiovascular disease



    * Describe some positive lifestyle changes that will reduce the risk of many diseases


On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:
Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Diet, Exercise and Fitness Diploma

Diet, Exercise and Fitness Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.
Certificate 2 is issued by ABC Awards: Level 3 Diet, Exercise and Fitness Certificate of Achievement

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Stonebridge Associated Colleges have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Stonebridge Associated Colleges to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Who are ABC

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

Tutor Support

With this course you will have unlimited access to your own personal tutor who specialises in their field of study. It is your personal tutor's role to ensure that you receive constructive feedback and to deal with any queries you may have. You are more than welcome to telephone, fax or email your personal tutor.

You will also have access to a dedicated and friendly team of administrators and course advisors who offer sound and professional guidance and advice when you need it. This ensures that you will never feel neglected and that you will always succeed!

Requirements for Entry

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Study Hours

This is only an approximate figure and is dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 90 hrs.

Additional Information

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

What's Included

    * All study materials
    * Study Guide
    * Full Tutor and Admin support

Advantages of this distance learning course:
  • Home Study: you declare when you study, no need to attend class at fixed times and fixed dates. Your study hours fit around you!
  • We will post all the beautifully printed course materials to you. Everything is written in a clear and easy-to-understand format.
  • Start this course anytime of the year! No need to wait until the new academic year starts. Enroll today so soon you'll start improving your CV or re-skill for your new career.
  • Create your own study routine, learn at your own pace, complete your course as quickly or slowly as your circumstance dictate.
  • Your home learning is totally supported by experienced tutors who guide, encourage and assess your progress. You will not be alone because all our tutors are friendly and approachable.


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