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Level 3 Eating Disorders in Sport and Exercise

Develop the knowledge and confidence to support and signpost clients with eating disorders

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Level 3 Eating Disorders in Sport and Exercise


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

  • Course type

    Home study

  • Time to qualify

    1-2 weeks

  • Entry requirements


  • Accreditations

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Be at the Forefront of Change.

Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to better support and direct clients with eating disorders and join thousands of graduates working with some of the country's largest gyms and institutions.

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Level 3 Eating Disorders in Sport and Exercise

Our Level 3 Award in Understanding Eating Disorders course is essential for exercise and nutrition professionals wanting to get a deeper insight into a broad range of common eating disorders present in sport and exercise settings.


Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses which unfortunately are becoming more prevalent in society today, both here in the UK and around the world. According to research published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the eating disorder charity, Beat, they are thought to affect up to 3.4 million people in the UK. Eating disorders are responsible for more deaths than any other mental health conditions, which is why they should be treated with the utmost priority, urgency, sensitivity and professionalism.

Many of the people suffering from an eating disorder have a significantly distorted image of their bodyweight and shape and will seek to control their weight, or lose even more weight, through a combination of food restriction and excessive exercise. Therefore, exercise professionals working in the active leisure sector are well placed to help support, guide and ultimately, empower those with eating disorders to face up to their reality and seek professional help.

Course Structure:

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Online knowledge checks

Online learning

Online assessment

This level 3 online eating disorders course, which combines a series of eLearning sessions and online lecture style presentations, is written and presented by a team of clinical and technical experts. The online lectures are presented by our clinical dietician, Claire, who has extensive first-hand experience of diagnosing and treating patients suffering from disordered eating. Claire is also a qualified exercise professional and is actively involved in the health and fitness sector coaching clients to complete ultra-endurance events like ironman.

This is the only course of this nature in the active leisure sector. If you want to develop a strong understanding of eating disorders that are prevalent in sport and exercise settings, then this course is definitely a must for you.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification and even if you are not working in the fitness industry, you’ll also learn a great deal from the course. The programme is however aimed at exercise professionals and this is who will get the most value from it.

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

What You'll Learn

Developing a strong understanding of eating disorders is essential if you want to be able to empathise, support and appropriately refer clients who you feel might be suffering from disordered eating. Some of the content covered includes:

  • Introduction to Eating Disorders

    Introduction to Eating Disorders

    • Defining eating disorders
    • Classifications of eating disorders
    • Consequences and characteristics
    • History and development of eating disorders
  • Types of Eating Disorders

    Types of Eating Disorders

    • Anorexia & Orthorexia nervosa
    • Bulimia nervosa
    • Binge eating disorder (BED)
    • Pica
    • Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
    • Diabulimia
  • Incidence, Prevalence and Guidance for Eating Disorders

    Incidence, Prevalence and Guidance for Eating Disorders

    • Incidence and prevalence data for the UK
    • Challenges with data accuracy and eating disorders
    • Professional roles, responsibilities and scope of practice
    • GP's guide to eating disorders
    • Support channels for those with eating disorders
  • Recognising the Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders

    Recognising the Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders

    • Recognising anorexia and orthorexia nervosa
    • Recognising bulimia nervosa
    • Recognising binge eating disorder (BED)
    • Recognising pica
    • Recognising body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
    • Recognising diabulimia
  • Disordered Eating in Sport

    Disordered Eating in Sport

    • Prevention strategies
    • UK sport and ACSM guidance
    • Real-life case studies
    • Detection strategies
    • Screening tools
    • Coach guidelines

How You'll be Assessed

The course is assessed formatively throughout with a series of multiple-choice knowledge checks being presented throughout the eLearning modules. Once the eLearning and lecture videos have been completed, you can then take the final multiple-choice online exam.


Knowledge tests

  • Multiple choice
  • Informal tone
  • Varied style

Online exam

  • Multiple-choice questions
  • Unlimited re-sits
  • Open book

Learning and Support Materials

The course is delivered through a blend of eLearning, online lecture videos and interactive knowledge checks. You’ll also have access to our dedicated team of Learner Support Tutors if you need any extra help.

Technically rich, mobile friendly content
Study on the go

Access your course on the go

Our mobile-friendly learner engagement system makes learning on the go a breeze.

Trusted and authoritative online lectures
Learn from experts

The expert voice

Join our clinical dietician as she presents the evidence base surrounding disordered eating in an easy to digest style.

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Customise your course

Whether you want audio, larger fonts, or a different colour text or background, our content is fully accessible and customisable.

Friendly and intuitive assessments
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Bite-sized achievement

Complete the micro knowledge checks as you learn and then when your studies are over, take the final open-book exam.

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Our dedicated team of learner support tutors are on hand to help if you need us.

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