Nutrition & Health Certificate

Understanding the importance of nutrition is real and pressing. Learn how to make a big difference in your life now.
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This course is a must for anyone who is passionate about health & well-being whether in relation to themselves and their loved ones, or in the workplace whereby an understanding of nutrition will enhance the service you provide . It will teach you basic nutritional principles and help you to formulate healthy diets and set out well-informed programmes for yourself and for your family when faced with the bewildering array of nutritional supplements on the shelves today. The hope is expressed that this course will lead you to feeling more informed, on a deeper naturopathic level, and provide you with a range of measures that you can apply towards better health.

Dr. Lawrence Plaskett
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Course Overview

The Plaskett certificate in Nutrition & Health is designed for individuals who are passionate about health & wellbeing, whether on an informal basis whereby it will enable you to work out sound nutritional regimes for yourself or for members of your family, or on a professional basis whereby nutrition is a feature of your line of work and a better understanding of the subject will only enhance the service that you provide. 

In studying this course, you will:

    •  Be introduced to the concept of naturopathy
    •  Gain a general understanding of the subject of health and nutrition
    •  Grasp the fundamentals of the cell's need for nutrients
    •  Appreciate the role of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals and understand the basics of how these nutrients work in the body
    •  Be aware of the enormous health benefits that can come from favourable dietary change
    •  Appreciate the merits of particular foods and nutrients
    •  Ultimately gain the knowledge that will lead towards a better standard of well-being now, and a prolonging of good health in the future


Although this is not a practitioner level course, it will benefit any health care professional who wants to expand her/his knowledge of nutrition and health.  Whether you work in mainstream medicine or in one of the alternative disciplines, the course can inform aspects of your main practice or enable you to provide simple nutritional programmes for your clients.  It is especially useful if you are working in:

  • voluntary health care or employment in health and fitness, weight control, catering, the health food market or the nutrition business, or even in the media reporting upon nutritional subjects.
  • the NHS in contact with patients.
  • alternative and complementary medicine such as an osteopath, chiropractor, acupuncturist, homoeopath, herbalist, reflexologist, aromatherapist etc and wanting a better general understanding of nutrition to supplement your professional base.
  • contemplating moving into alternative and complementary medicine in the future.

Breakdown of the Course Sections

The Nutrition & Health Certificate includes the following 12 sections:

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Section 1

The Principle Bulk Nutrients & Associated Foods

In Section 1, we begin the study of nutrients and foods by looking at the main bulk nutrients that our diets contain: protein, carbohydrate and fat. Before one can consider individual vitamins and minerals, one has to know about the nutrients that make up most of our diets, namely the bulk nutrients. These are the suppliers of food energy, essential amino acids and fatty acids. You will need to understand these so as to manipulate them with skill.  

Areas Covered

  • Proteins
  • The carbohydrates
  • Fibre
  • Fats
  • Classes of foods based upon composition
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Section 2

The Cell & Cell Energy

This section will illuminate the nature of the cell and explain how the energy of the cell is generated and what functions the cell must perform using that energy. It explains calories as units of energy measurement and the dynamic role of the enzymes in the cells.

Areas Covered

  • The cell
  • Cell energy
  • The energy content of food
  • What else does the body have to do with its energy?
  • How does the body release energy from food?
  • Enzymes
  • The overwhelming importance of cell energy
  • The vitality of cells and tissues
  • The key role of blood glucose
  • What key factors are most likely to erode good vitality?
  • Go-factors for enzymes
  • Internal cell environment
  • Enzyme poisons
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Section 3

THe environment inside the cell

This section explains the importance of the controlled environment inside the cell. It particularly stresses how important it is to maintain the balance between sodium and potassium and between calcium and magnesium.

Areas covered

  • Out of balance intakes of sodium and potassium
  • Calcium and magnesium balance
  • Calcium mishandling
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Section 4

The need for the cell to self cleanse

This section shows you how the cell needs to remain vital and active and to maintain the integrity of its energy systems and enzymes. It stresses the cell's need to excrete waste and toxic materials and to actively cleanse. This approach is both naturopathic and science-based.

Areas covered

  • Naturopathic elimination
  • The concept of self-cleansing
  • Naturopathy
  • Vitality
  • Chronic and acute
  • Suppression
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Section 5

The micro-minerals & their contribution to the cell

This section emphasises and explains the importance of micro-minerals. It shows them in their role as enzyme activators and how they contribute in this way to cell energy and to maintaining the cell's integrity and function. It explains the key roles and characteristics of individual micro-minerals.

Areas covered

  • How metals act as enzyme activators
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Manganese
  • Copper
  • Chromium
  • Selenium
  • Molybdenum
  • General supplementation policy on trace metals
  • Non-metallic micro-minerals
  • Toxic metals
  • Notes on metallic macro-minerals
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Section 6

the vitamins

This section covers the entire group of vitamins. It shows how they activate enzymes, contribute to cell energy and increase vitality. It explains their differing functions and characteristics.

Areas covered

  • Vitamins defined
  • Intakes and rnis for vitamins
  • How vitamins work
  • The vitamins
  • Non-vitamin nutrients
  • How vitamins contribute to cell energy and increase the life force
  • Food sources of the vitamins
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Section 7


This section explains how the complex population of bacteria in the intestines contribute to maintaining vitality and health. In particular, it will become clear how these bacteria aid cleansing and the maintenance of a good environment within the body, which is so essential to good health. It includes how to nurture your own bowel flora organisms.

Areas covered

  • The bacteria of the large intestine (the bowel)
  • The alternative view of desirable and undesirable bowel flora
  • The benefits from an acidic lower bowel
  • The effect of bowel flora upon cleansing
  • Association of lactobacillus with milk
  • Synthesis and absorption of b vitamins
  • The reciprocal effects of bowel flora
  • The bowel flora from infancy to adulthood
  • Candida albicans
  • How to maintain the bowel flora
  • The use of bowel flora products
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Section 8


This section identifies the 'suppressive' foods - those which block the body's elimination of toxins. It separates them from the 'eliminative' foods - those which enable or enhance the voiding of toxins. It gives the characteristics (in this respect) of the main food groups. It will tell you what problem foods to avoid and identify the acid-producing foods.

Areas Covered

  • Milk as a problem food
  • Wheat and rye as problem foods
  • Vegetables
  • Relation of elimination to acidity
  • The two-step process of elimination
  • The neutral grains
  • Salt
  • Sugar
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Section 9

the composition of foods

This section provides a great deal of data on the composition of foods, their content and the main differences between them. This is a working mass of data to enable your own design of health-giving diets.

Areas Covered

  • Commentary on food tables
  • The spread of bulk nutrients
  • The spread of mineral nutrients
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Section 10


This section is an introduction to allergies or intolerances - what they are; physical signs and symptoms, the most frequent; masked/hidden and/or addictive allergies; causes of allergy - food, chemical, emotional and mental; stages of allergy; different types of allergy - fixed, variable, cyclic; managing allergies and sensitivities - how to handle them; rotation diets (including the rotation chart); allergy testing and its limitations; food additives and chemicals; the role of nutrition in all this.

Areas Covered

  • Allergic reactions defined
  • The nature of allergies and the effect they have
  • Obvious reactions
  • The four main classes of allergy
  • The possible underlying causes of allergy
  • Viewing allergy tests and their limitations
  • What help is available to deal with allergies
  • The key role of nutrition in the underlying case and treatment of allergy
  • How allergies interfere with treatment
  • The concept of neutralisation
  • The allopathic or orthodox drug approach
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Section 11

Designing Diets

This section provides clear guidance on designing maintenance nutritional diets that, compared to most ordinary diets, should improve health.

Areas Covered

  • Dietary paragraphs
  • Using the dietary paragraphs to make up diets
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Section 12

The use of supplements

This section explains and demystifies the subject of vitamin and mineral supplements and their use. It enables you to design simple maintenance and health-giving programmes of supplementation.

Areas Covered

  • General guidelines in the use of supplements
  • Always attend to the diet first
  • Preparing for mineral and vitamin supplementation
  • Steps in supplement intake
  • Simple and effective combinations
  • The eliminative qualities of magnesium and calcium
  • Less frequently used combinations
  • Use of multiple formulations
  • Adding in the trace elements as a further stimulant of toxin elimination & for correction of deficiencies
  • On to the next stage – zinc and manganese
  • Conditions where practitioners of nutritional medicine might use such formulae
  • Vitamins a & d
  • Vitamins c & e
  • Choline & inositol
  • Calcium pantothenate
  • The role of the practitioner of nutritional medicine


Here's what students have to say about the course

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Julie A, Podiatrist

South Africa

Thank you for a very comprehensive overview course on the fundamentals of health and personal wellness. While I am already in the Health industry in another field, I found this course added a more in-depth perspective to health from a cellular point of view and clearly linked the importance of nutrition and the incidence of chronic disease. I also found the on- line accessibility user friendly.


Emma Rubio, Health Coach


I studied the Health and Nutrition certificate first with the Plaskett College to see if what it was taught matched my believes. At the end of that certificate I decided to pursue my studies with Plaskett college to become a Nutritional therapist. For that, I am studying Nutritional medicine and Iridology. During the Health & Nutrition certificate I learnt already about supplements. Now I know which type is best and most absorbable by our body, and the combinations to keep minerals in balance. Thus, I am more confident when I choose supplements for me and my family. I liked that the founder Dr. Plaskett was a doctor in Biochemistry. My background is in science and I wanted to study both the biochemical and the holistic sides of nutrition. I am happy to have a mentor to answer my doubts, and get my assignments reviewed. I like the flexibility they gave me to complete my first certificate. I love the subjects and the way is explained.

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Catherine Rogers

Henley-On-Thames, UK

I have found this course extremely enjoyable, user friendly and insightful. The information covered throughout the course was up to date and provided a holistic approach, educating students on nutrition at multiple levels. I found the content of the course easy to read and understand but also challenging when it needed to be. For someone with no prior knowledge of nutrition it was perfect yet was still applicable to student who had prior knowledge on the subjects covered. The course started with the basics to improve your base level understanding and built up the course week by week. Material was extremely user friendly. Materials could be studied through the course book provided or downloaded which was extremely useful for traveling! The tutors provided fantastic feedback. They explained when I got things wrong and were always happy to help. Their contact time was great too. I have thoroughly enjoyed this course on so many levels and I would recommend it to


Nutrition & Health Course


  • Lifetime Access to Course Material
  • Full Tutor Support
  • Certificate in Nutrition & Health upon Completion
  • Option to Advance onto Full Diploma


No, there is no requirement to complete this course prior to studying our Nutritional Therapy course.

All our courses are accredited by the IICT (International Institute for Complementary Therapists).

If you would like a hard copy of the course material to complement your online studies, you can purchase this for £10 (p&p incl.)

There is a series of multi-choice questions to complete throughout the course with a short 200 word essay to complete at the end of the course.

You will receive a certificate of completion and the option to transition onto another course. 

Although this course serves as an excellent introduction to nutritional therapy, it is not designed for the full training of Nutritional Therapists. These people are trained to treat the sick through nutritional means and require much fuller professional training with a wealth of medical knowledge. However, this course could be a first step towards that goal, since it can give you exposure to the field and help you to decide whether or not nutritional therapy could become either your future profession or a very useful extension of what you already do.

Upon completion of this course, you can transition easily onto the Diploma in Nutritional Consultancy and be exempt from part 1, or you can advance onto the Nutritional Therapy course.

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