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BDA Classroom courses are delivered using a blended learning approach, with pre-course modules delivered online via the BDA Learning Zone which precedes a day of face to face instructor-led training in the BDA Classroom.

A range of programmes are also offered to provide formal training for dietetic support workers (DSW). Three separate (core) modules can be taken individually or to form part of a broader DSW Award.  There is also a supplementary module for those working with groups of individuals / service users.

Course topics and learning outcomes

All BDA courses have clearly defined learning outcomes where the target audience is specified to explicitly link BDA courses with Dietetic Career Framework levels for clarity. Please see below for a list of our courses and their target audience.

Course topic Target Audience
Dietetic Support Worker Award Nutrition and Nutrition Support DSW 
Dietetic Support Worker Award Nutrition & Nutritional Support in Children DSW
Coeliac Disease Update: An Overview of Management  Higher EL, SD, HP
Management of Chronic Kidney Disease stages 3-5 Higher, SD

Diagnosis and Management of Cow’s Milks Allergy in Infants and Children

Higher EL, SD, HP
Consolidating Dietetic Practice in Diabetes  Higher EL, SD
Introduction to Parenteral Nutrition  Higher EL, SD
Introduction to The Principles of Behaviour Change  AP,   EL, HP

Dietetic Practice in Diabetes – the Next Step

Building on the Skills and Knowledge of Enteral Nutrition   Higher EL
Introduction to Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Eating Disorders  Higher EL
Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Evidence-Based First-Line Dietary Management Higher EL
A Low FODMAP Diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Higher EL SD
Introduction to dietary management of adults with Inflammatory Bowel Disease [IBD] Higher EL
Advanced Dietetics in Eating Disorders (2 Day course) Higher EL
Advanced Dietetics in Mental Health (2 Day course) Higher EL
Personal Effectiveness Skills
Dietetic Support Worker Award Competency and Professional Practice  DSW
Dietetic Support Worker Award Enhancing Communication Skills in Practice DSW
BDA Professional Development Award All dietitians

BDA Social Media Guidance


Model and Process for Nutrition and Dietetic Practice

 All Dietitians

Business and Leadership Skills
Dietetic Support Worker Enhancing Teaching Skills for the Delivery of Group Education DSW (any member of the dietetic team)

Key:  Dietetic Support Worker (DSW); Assistant Practitioner (AP); Entry Level Dietitian (EL); Specialist Dietitian (SD); Advanced Dietetic Practitioner (ADP); Returners to Practice (R2P), Other Health Professionals (HP)

Quality Assurance 

There are a number of quality processes the BDA employs to ensure we deliver quality assured education

Course development is conducted by a relevant specialist (either a BDA Specialist Group, an advanced practitioner or an educationalist). The course is then assessed by a CPD assessor and processed through BDA endorsement.

Delegate feedback is then collected post course and a substantial review is undertaken every 2 years, or when a major change to practice is introduced.

Facilitate BDA Classroom

The BDA commissions dietitians to run BDA Classroom courses. Individuals must have both the knowledge of the area of dietetics being delivered and significant teaching or course facilitation experience.  

All materials are provided, although our facilitators are able to make minor adjustments as best suits their preferred delivery style. Payment is £395 per day plus travel expenses. 

Facilitators and speakers are required to have previous teaching experience and are currently working at an advanced level in the required course specialism.

To find out more, please contact us.

Group training

Sending multiple staff on one programme can be costly, particularly when travel costs are factored in and it can be difficult to release staff on a date pre-determined by the BDA.

The BDA offers departments an alternative option, the opportunity to purchase our BDA Classroom based courses to be delivered at their own Trust to their own staff members. Courses are run by a BDA approved facilitator, and this is included in the purchase price.

There are many benefits to this option, including:

  • Courses can be run at dates convenient to the department;
  • Departments would not incur staff travel costs;
  • Overall cost savings to the department;
  • Negotiation between department and facilitator in order to tailor the format of events to suit an individual department’s requirements;
  • Team dynamics and the opportunity to agree strategies for implementing the knowledge into practice.

The purchase cost of a facilitated BDA Classroom course is £945 plus facilitator travel expenses.
* It is the responsibility of the purchaser to provide the venue.


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