This course is designed for anyone who is working or seeking a career in food preparation and/or food service.
It will give you basic knowledge of nutrition which will help you prepare well-balanced meals and menus, the result of which will have a positive impact on health as well as an understanding of special dietary requirements.
If you particularly work in hospital or school kitchens, residential homes or community based kitchens, then this course will assist you in preparing well balanced and nutritional meals.
If you are considering a career in the food industry, then this course will give you a good understanding and appreciation of nutritional values and well-balanced diets.
It will also help those who are active in sport and recreation, children or adults, in respect of producing well-balanced diets to support that activity.
The course is made up of theoretical sessions delivered by your Instructor who will provide a detailed course programme.
A range of subjects are covered that will enable you to understand:
- The principle of balanced diets
- Current Government nutritional guidelines for a healthy diet
- Sources of essential nutrients
- The impact of diet on health
- Catering practices that help maintain the nutritional value of food
- How to plan and provide a special diet
- The impact of special diets on health
- Catering practices to be considered when planning and providing meals for those on special diets
This is achieved by on-going theoretical teaching by the instructor, culminating with a multiple-choice question paper at the end.
This qualification does not expire, but refresher training and keeping up to date with changes to policies and procedures is vital to keep the qualification current.
A maximum of 16 students are allowed and must be a minimum of 14 years of age and a certificate can be offered to all, subject to assessment.