Level 3 eating disorders course

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

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The industry's leading level 3 eating disorder course

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.

  • Course type:

    Home study

  • Time to qualify:

    1-2 weeks

  • Entry requirements:


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Book your place for only £195

Course overview: Eating disorders in sport and exercise

Working in the fitness industry means you're likely to come across various eating disorders. Learn how to recognise them and take the right steps to guide those who may be at risk towards help and support.

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.

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.

  • Accreditations:

    This Level 3 Award in Understanding Eating Disorders course is fully endorsed by the YMCA Awards, which ensures that the content you learn is credible and recognised as a mark of quality in the sector. On completion of this course, you'll be able to confidently recognise and support clients with eating disorders in the sport and exercise industry.

  • Learning materials:

    Delivered through a blend of eLearning, online lecture videos and interactive knowledge checks, our course learning materials are technically rich, vibrant and mobile-friendly to create a deeper understanding and keep you engaged whenever and wherever you choose to study.

Payment Options

We are incredibly proud of our training programmes which are some of the most flexible, widely accessible and highest quality within the fitness sector.

We’ve invested our years of experience and expertise into creating an ‘eating disorders in sport and exercise’ certification that is not only fit for industry but also affordable.

Special Offers, Discounts and Deals

We are committed to quality, fairness and transparency, which is why we openly list our course prices on our website for all to see. We don’t engage in discounting, bargaining or deal-making and our price promise ensures that all our students pay the same fair price for their training and qualifications.

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We've got you

Our learner support tutors are friendly and willing to offer a helping hand whether that's with course content or career advice. Upon enrolment you'll have a designated personal support tutor who you can contact via:

  • Phone

  • Email

  • Video call

  • Webinar

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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

    Defining eating disorders
    Classifications of eating disorders
    Consequences and characteristics
    History and development of eating disorders

  • Types of eating disorders

    Anorexia & Orthorexia nervosa
    Bulimia nervosa
    Binge eating disorder (BED)
    Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)

  • 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 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

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

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*Images and videos are for illustration purposes and may not depict specific course materials.

Be at the forefront of change

Thousands of our graduates work with some of the country's largest gyms and institutions. With the breadth of knowledge and skills to be able to identify, support and direct clients with eating disorders, you'll be equipped to improve the fitness industry and individual lives with this eating disorders in sport and exercise course.

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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.

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  • Informal tone
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Embedded into course


  • Interactive
  • Multiple choice
  • Varied Styles


  • Multiple choice questions
  • Unlimited resits
  • Open book

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