Blood glucose reading from a diabetic client
Blood glucose reading from a diabetic client

Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes Certificate

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Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes Certificate


All you need to do is complete the home study assessments, there's no practical attendance required.

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Using content created and delivered by leading medical professionals, gain the knowledge to combat two of the UK's most prevalent medical conditions: obesity and diabetes.

  • Course type

    Blended learning

  • Time to qualify

    10-12 weeks

  • Entry requirements

    Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma

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Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes Course

Using content created and delivered by leading medical professionals, gain the knowledge to combat two of the UK's most prevalent medical conditions: obesity and diabetes.


Experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) predict that by 2030, almost 75% of men and 63% of women in the UK will be classified as ‘obese’. There are numerous conditions and complications associated with obesity, including diabetes, lower back pain, osteoporosis, and arthritis, and these are also set to become more prevalent.

In the UK, the direct cost of treating and managing obesity and diabetes exceeds £16 billion annually, with even more being spent on secondary conditions. With the NHS being stretched like never before, the demand for knowledgeable, skilled and specialist exercise professionals that can help to curb this crisis has never been so high. Fitness professionals certainly have a key part to play in fighting this global epidemic.

Our Level 4 Certificate in Exercise and Nutritional Interventions for Obesity and Diabetes has been specifically designed to allow you to work closely with the medical community to treat obese and diabetic patients with structured exercise/nutrition interventions. Throughout the course, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge on a range of highly sought-after skills that will allow you to work with obese and diabetic patients.

Course Structure:

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Online lectures

Online learning

Online coursework

Whether you are looking to provide more expert exercise referral services, or are keen to upskill so that you can expand your personal training client base, this obesity and diabetes course is the perfect way to increase your prospects as a fitness professional.

On completion of this qualification, you’ll be able to gain the title of Level 4 Specialist Exercise Instructor. Those who have previously obtained a degree in a sport or exercise science discipline will also be eligible to register with the British Association for Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) as a Certified Exercise Practitioner (CEP).

Entry Requirements

In order to enrol on this course, you must already hold or be working towards the Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral

What You'll Learn How You'll be Assessed Learning and Support Materials

What You'll Learn

Our Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes course contains a wide-range of subjects relating to obesity, diabetes, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle. This programme addresses all of the factors that contribute to the development of these diseases, and the evidence-based interventions and approaches that can be used to reverse or better manage them. Some of the content included in this course is listed below, although this is far from all-inclusive:

  • Introduction to Obesity and Diabetes

    Introduction to Obesity and Diabetes

    • Incidence & prevalence
    • Statistics and trends
    • Financial burden
    • Risk factors
    • Metabolic syndrome
    • Medications
  • Causation of obesity and diabetes

    Causation of obesity and diabetes

    • Genetic and environmental factors
    • Food and dietary habits
    • Parental influences
    • Thermodynamic laws
    • Energy balance
    • Appetite and satiety
  • Pathophysiology


    • Signs and symptoms
    • Clinical complications
    • Pathogenesis
    • Inflammatory responses
    • Disease progression
    • Effects of exercise
  • Exercise interventions for obesity and diabetes

    Exercise interventions for obesity and diabetes

    • Exercise physiology
    • Benefits of different exercises
    • Modes of exercise
    • Evidence-base for exercise
    • Optimum volume and intensity
    • Exercise recommendations
  • Nutrition interventions for obesity and diabetes

    Nutrition interventions for obesity and diabetes

    • Dietary guidelines
    • Shifting dietary advice
    • Diet and metabolism
    • Nutrition for exercise
    • Nutrition analysis
    • Changing dietary behaviours

How You'll be Assessed

This qualification includes a range of assessments that are seamlessly embedded into the course in order to assess your knowledge and understanding. The course is delivered entirely online and remotely via a telephone support tutor, so there’s no practical attendance or assessment required. The main ways in which this obesity and diabetes course is assessed are listed below.

Note: The case study includes: a food diary, client personal information, programme objectives, class and session plan, a summary of modifications and evaluation and reflection.



  • Complete online
  • Causes of obesity and diabetes
  • Managing obesity and diabetes


  • Simulated client
  • Exercise interventions
  • Nutrition interventions

Learning and Support Materials

This is a fully online obesity and diabetes course that is supported by a team of highly knowledgeable, experienced and passionate exercise and medical professionals. This course combines a variety of learning resources, materials and support systems that have been expertly crafted to ensure that you get only the best learning experience. These include, but are not limited to:

Online lectures presented by our resident GP with extensive clinical experience


Join our GP, Dr Dane, as he shares with you his wisdom and extensive clinical and applied experiences of working with this population.

Rich and informative student training manuals

No omissions

These comprehensive student manuals have been expertly written to leave no stone unturned with the research and evidence-based for obesity and diabetes.

A simple and easy to follow study-guide
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Guiding you

Accessed from within our Learner Engagement System, or LES for short, you'll be able to download and use this study guide to inform your learning activities.

Unlimited student support from our team of dedicated tutors
Learning tutor support

Without limits

Our dedicated team of learning support tutors are always on hand when you need them to provide expert advice, guidance and tuition on all manner of subjects.

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