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Healthcare, Sport and Wellness Dietetics and Nutrition

Foundation Certificate in Nutrition (Weight Management)

Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
Next intake(s)
To be advised
5 months
Cantonese, suppl with teaching materials in Eng
Course Fee
Deadline on 05 Oct 2023 (Thu)
2975 5881
3104 9137
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This programme is designed to enable those who have an interest in nutrition to gain up-to-date knowledge and develop skills to achieve a healthy weight. This programme is also suitable for both nurses and allied health workers working with overweight or underweight patients and employees of fitness, health and beauty centres where clients wish to achieve ideal body weight.

Programme Details

Programme learning outcomes

On completion of the programme, students should be able to
1.apply knowledge of basic nutrition, nutritional requirements and suitable foods needed to meet these needs;
2.make appropriate food choices to maintain a healthy weight;
3.identify the special dietary needs of some individuals e.g. diabetics, persons with hyperlipidemia;
4.explain the various nutritional problems encountered by clients who are trying to control their weight.

Programme Outline

Module 1: Basic Nutrition

  • Basic nutrition principles
  • Balanced diet

Module 2: Understanding Weight Problems

  • Definition of healthy weight
  • Causes of over and underweight
  • Medical problems associated with over and underweight
  • Assessment of obesity

Module 3: Weight Management Strategies

  • Diet for weight management
  • Nutrition and weight control for children, adolescents
  • Weight reduction and hyperlipidemia, diabetes
  • Diet for the underweight and eating disorders
  • Surgical treatments of obesity
  • Drug therapies of obesity and overweight
  • Weight loss health food products
  • Alternative therapies for weight loss
  • Behavioral modifications in weight management
  • Role of exercise and physical activity in weight management

Mode of Delivery

The programme will be delivered through lecture, face-to-face seminar, class-interactive discussion, and workshop in HKU SPACE Dietetic Clinic.


 A Foundation Certificate in Nutrition (Weight Management) will be awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE to successful candidates.

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Days / Time
  • Wednesday, 6:45pm - 9:45pm, and some Saturday afternoons
  • 5 months
  • HKU SPACE Learning Centre (Causeway Bay / Fortress Hill / North Point)


Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$7,900

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall have:

1. (a) gained in the HKCEE Grade E in four subjects or equivalent qualifications and Level 2 in English Language*; OR

(b) gained in the HKDSE Examination Level 2 in five subjects including English Language;


2. reached the age of 21 or above with working experience.

*With effect from 2007, HKU SPACE recognises Grade E previously awarded for Chinese Language and English Language (Syllabus B) (Grade C in the case of English Language (Syllabus A)) at HKCEE as an acceptable alternative to Level 2 in these two subjects at HKCEE.


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Enrolment Method

Interested candidates should apply by returning the special application form, together with relevant supporting documents, copy of Hong Kong Identity Card (or valid working/dependent  visa with original entry permit) and an application fee of HK$150 cheque made payable to "HKU SPACE" (non-refundable) to either:

By post: Attn to Dietetics, Food and Nutrition, 13/F., Fortress Tower, 250 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong. OR

In person: any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Counters (Attn: Dietetics, Food and Nutrition). OR

By online: through HKU SPACE website.

Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres.