Foundation Certificate in Nutrition (Weight Management) - HKU SPACE: Dietetics, Food & Nutrition courses
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Foundation Certificate in Nutrition (Weight Management)

Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
Next intake(s)
Sep 2020
5 months
Cantonese supplemented with English. Teaching materials and assessments will be in English.
Course Fee

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 Outline

Module 1: Basic Nutrition

  • Basic nutrition principles
  • Balanced diet
  • Nutrition and food labeling

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
  • Behavioral modifications in weight management
  • Role of exercise and physical activity in weight management

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.

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)

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.

Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$7,900

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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 or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted 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 write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or Mastercard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. 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, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. 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 teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. 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.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, 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. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.