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Aim: To equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to understand the composition of food an how food affects an individuals’ health and personal well-being.

Participant Profile: Course is suitable for those who require a formal qualification and skills to work in a healthcare setting.

Duration: 5 days in a classroom setting. Learners will be required to complete work outside of class time.

Status: Elective Minor component

Credit Value: 15 credits of 120 credits required to achieve a major award in Health Service Skills 5M3782


Some of the Learning outcomes include:

  1. Explore the functions of food, specifying the different classes of nutrients and their main functions
    Examine the energy values of the different food types and the factors that affect the energy requirement of an individual
  2. Examine basal metabolic rate (BMR) and reference nutrient intake (RNI) and the factors that can alter BMR
  3. Explore the functions of the digestive organs and the process of digestion and absorption of nutrients in the human body
  4. 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
  5. Investigate the main sources of fat, carbohydrates and protein in the Irish diet
  6. Examine the functions, sources, deficiency symptoms and the effects of excessive intake of the fat-soluble vitamins and water soluble vitamins


Entry Requirement: Minimum of Level 4 certificate standard of education. Strong interest or working in providing quality care in a healthcare setting. A strong level of spoken and written English required.
Assessment: Assignment 60% Examination Theory 40% Learners will receive assignment briefs and guidelines on completing these assessments.
Tutor Profile: All tutors are highly qualified and experienced healthcare experts.
Support: A range of accommodations and supports are available according to specific learner needs. One to one and email support available from tutors throughout the course.
Resources: Learners receive a comprehensive resource pack that can be used as a reference during and after the course.
Booking Process & Fee: Booking Form available by email to admin@barrowtraining.ie or online at www.barrowtraining.ie. Discounts available if the course is booked and paid in full online.
Transfer/progression: Successful completion enables the learner to transfer to programmes leading to other certificates where this component is a mandatory or an elective requirement at Level 5 & 6.

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