Lifespan Nutrition

Short Course - 15 credits at SCQF level 8
Lifespan Nutrition

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of metabolic demands and nutritional requirements at key stages of the lifespan, and introduce evidence relating nutrients, diet and lifestyle-related factors to health and chronic disease prevention.

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This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

Spring 2023

Course Length

8 weeks

This module will develop your knowledge further in relation to nutritional requirements throughout the various stages of the lifespan: pre-conceptual, foetal life, pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, ageing and senescence.  A particular emphasis will be placed on the factors affecting nutritional requirements and food choice at these stages including, genetics, physiological and metabolic changes, age, gender, socioeconomics circumstances, psychology, beliefs, ethnicity, religion, culture, lifestyle, food sustainability and physical activity.  You will explore current nutritional recommendations and guidelines, and how these can be implemented on both a personal and public health basis. 

The learning outcomes for the module are:

  • Explain the nutritional requirements throughout the stages of the lifespan.
  • Explain food patterns and factors affecting food choice throughout the stages of the lifespan, and implications for menu planning.
  • Discuss the implications of food and lifestyle choices on growth and development, and healthy ageing.
  • Identify the policies and guidelines to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities throughout the lifespan.


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Learning Methods

Directed study activities will be given each week over the duration of the course. In addition, online ‘live’ tutorials will take place, supplemented by online discussion forums. 


  • Written exam

Independent Study

Independent study is expected throughout.  In addition to reading around the topic to enhance your knowledge, you will be directed to do particular tasks and submit your findings.  A full brief of what you are required to do, and when, will be provided at the start of the module.

Staff Delivering on This Course

All staff delivering on the course are either Registered Dietitians (HCPC) or Registered Nutritionists (AfN).


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All online learning students, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.


This ‘top-up’ module in nutrition is appropriate for those, who have completed relevant previous studies, who wish to progress to undertaking a PDGE in Home Economics teaching.

  • HS2132 Food, Culture and Human Nutrition (or equivalent)

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. 


For Academic Session 2021/2022

  • All students: £260

Student Funding

Some students may be eligible for funding via SAAS.  For more information, please see:  

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


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