Accelerated Diploma In Nutrition & Health Coaching

What is a Nutrition & health coach and How can they change lives?

There is increasing awareness that poor diet and lifestyle are major causes of ill-health. But changing the habits of a lifetime is rarely easy. Through Nutrition & Health Coaching you can help clients achieve their wellness-related goals through motivation, education, advice, resources and ongoing support as they learn to adjust their eating and lifestyle behaviours for the better.

How is the accelerated course different?

Our Accelerated Diploma offers you the opportunity to complete our globally recognised BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Professional Nutrition & Health Coaching in just 8 months

How does it work? The course is divided into two sections – Self-Guided and Supported. 

The Self-Guided Section has been developed for you to build your new knowledge base ahead of the more practical elements of the course. Topics are released for students to review and complete in their own time to allow for a more flexible learning style*. 

The Supported section covers the more practical elements of developing as a Health Coach, e.g. Coaching Skills and Case Studies. In this section there will be weekly & monthly live learning sessions to support you in developing the skills needed to be a successful Health Coach. 

* You will be given early access to these topics when enrolling ahead of March 23rd, should you wish to begin learning sooner. Click here to download a sample schedule for the course. 

LEARN FROM THE BEST

As a pioneering provider of nutrition education and training for 20 years, we are constantly evolving to ensure that we are offering you a gold standard Nutrition & Health Coaching qualification. 

Our internationally recognised Nutrition & Health Coaching course is accredited by Pearson (BTEC Level 4 UK/Level 6 Ireland) and approved by the UK & International Health Coaches Association – the global professional body for Health Coaches.

At IINH support is our maxim, so you will still receive the care and support that IINH is renowned for to ensure that you qualify with skills and confidence needed to succeed as a Nutrition & Health Coach.

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You may have found a Health Coaching course that looks interesting – but it really makes sense to check what you will actually get at the end of all your hard work! In this blog post we outline some of the important factors you should consider when choosing the right course for you.

Next Course: March 27th 2024

Enrolment will open in October 2023.  Our BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Professional Nutrition & Health Coaching begins September 14th 2023

Delivery

Online Course: This course is delivered fully online for all students.

Due to demand for an accelerated course, we have adapted our BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Professional Nutrition & Health Coaching by splitting it into two sections – Self-Guided and Supported. This offers a more flexible learning style to students who wish to immerse themselves into their studies, while still offering the level of support that IINH is renowned for.

See full details of the structure of the course under “How is the Accelerated Course Different?” or click here to download a sample schedule for the course.

Basic computer skills essential. 

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Accrediting Body

Pearson  is the world’s largest education and awarding organisation. BTEC awards are highly respected vocational qualifications delivered in over 75 countries.

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Professional Body

The UK & International Health Coaching Association promotes and supports accredited Health Coaches in their vital work of educating, motivating and guiding others towards improved health and quality of life.

Fees:

Enrolment is now closed. Our BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Professional Nutrition & Health Coaching begins September 14th 2023. 
 
Click the button below for details of the upcoming course. 

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Nutrition & Health Coaching Qualification

Globally Recognised Qualification:

BTEC L4 Diploma in Professional Nutrition and Health Coaching
Level 4 UK (=Level 6 Ireland)

A Level 4 Professional Diploma is a higher education award. This BTEC L4 Diploma also forms the first year of our Level 6 Nutritional Therapy programme, which involves a further 2 ½ years of study.

What Does a Nutrition & Health Coach Do?

The IINH Scope of Practice is a document that outlines the framework in which the IINH Nutrition & Health Coach may work, once qualified.

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How the Nutrition & Health Coaching Course Works

  • All content on learning platform 24/7
  • Podcasts of all units to enable you to learn on the go
  • Live learning sessions (weekly / monthly)
  • One-to-one support and mentoring
  • Online live cooking classes

* Live Learning Sessions 7-9pm / 10-5pm (GMT); recorded for those unable to attend

What do our graduates say?

Kate Louise Gildea-Byrne
Kate Louise Gildea-ByrneNutrition & Health Coaching Student 2022
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"I am just coming to the end of my studies with the IINH and I would like to give a huge thanks to Richard, Maggie, Maria, Julia, Petra, Jo, Janet, Pauline, Ciara, Caroline, Ann Marie and all the other amazing guest lecturers. The continuous support and inspirational content provided by the team throughout the course has been brilliant. I have had a huge interest in health, wellness, nutrition and personal development for many years and always wanted to delve further into these areas. After much research, I was delighted to come across this course. Making the decision to do the BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Professional Nutrition & Health Coaching has been one of the best decisions that I have made. The knowledge that I have gained is something that I can bring with me for life and hopefully help, support and inspire others too. It has also helped me on my own health and wellness journey, which is something that I will be endlessly grateful for. Looking forward to my new chapter!"
Maureen E
Maureen ENutrition & Health Coaching Student 2022
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"After researching the many different courses on Nutrition, I finally settled on the IINH. I have always had an interest in nutrition and exercise, but could not quite fill in the blanks. This course did not disappoint. I have just finished my nutrition and health coaching course and I am so glad I did it. The content of the course was spot on. Richard and the team of instructors were so knowledgeable and really knew their stuff. The level of tuition on the course was very high. We covered a huge amount of information. This will be there for us to pursue further if we wish. The staff were very supportive and approachable. I would recommend this course to anyone who requires knowledge and understanding around nutrition or who is interested in becoming a health coach. The coach training we received was fantastic. I did this course to answer questions I had around my own health and this course did that and more."
 Aarti D
Aarti DNutrition & Health Coaching Student 2022
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"Richard, Thank you so much for your excellent lectures and discussions. The online sessions were engaging and interactive, making them an enjoyable, memorable, and a unique experience for me. You have trained us to be strategically proactive in our Nutrition and Health Coaching career. Your discussion on gut microbiome sparked my curiosity about Resistant Starch, and now I have completed a Literature Review first draft on The Health Benefits of Resistant Starch Type 3. Thank you, Maggie, for the fantastic cookery sessions. I hope to visit IINH and meet everyone next year. I am genuinely grateful to Maria for scheduling webinars, organizing assignments, and answering my questions in a heartbeat! Thank you to all the IINH lecturers for teaching with great passion and skill."
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Course Outline

The BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Professional Nutrition & Health Coaching programme consists of ten assessed units, plus cooking.

10 course units, 600 estimated learning hours

  • Health & Sickness – trends & challenges in chronic non-infectious diseases; promising developments & innovations in prevention & treatment
  • Nutrition – Key developments, concepts, terms & tools in nutrition science, public health nutrition & agri-food industry; dietary guidelines, food pyramids & plates – origins & limitations
  • Personalised nutrition – exploration of individualised vs traditional one-size-fits-all approaches. Concept of ‘literacy’ in health, food, nutrition
  • Nutrients & Foods – nutrient profiles of food groups; deep dive into protein, fats, carbs, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants etc, incl. deficiency & excess issues; impacts of food refining & processing
  • Online tools – food metrics, incl. nutrient composition & density; tracking dietary intakes
  • Reliable Resources & Research – locating trustworthy information on nutrition & health topics; evaluating resources, publications, research
  • Health & wellness coaching (HWC) – background, evolution, future prospects & potentials; HWC principles, processes, competencies; framework for developing coaching skills in client-led process   
  • Structured interview & protocol to establish coaching agreement; elicit client goals & relevant background info
  • The Nutrition & Health Coaching process; initiate & develop the coaching relationship: build engagement to establish trust & rapport with active listening skills; establish realistic goals; use client-led process to design attainable action plans; facilitate client’s learning & progress by sharing knowledge, skills, attitudes, mindset; complete follow-up support sessions, with adjustments to plan as needed
  • Case study reports – work with four volunteer clients: establish suitability, realistic goals; record detailed interview; develop, justify & agree plan with client, including behaviour change around food, lifestyle, sleep, relaxation, exercise; provide motivation, education, advice, tips, other support as needed; complete follow-up meetings, submit detailed case study reports for evaluation. 
  • Digestion – anatomy and physiology of digestive system & component organs; detailed digestion & absorption; hormonal regulation of appetite, hunger & satiety; common digestive problems & solutions 
  • Microbiome – importance, latest findings & implications; how to restore & nurture healthy microbiome & gut
  • Digestive Issues – alleviating common digestive complaints by adjustments to diet & eating habits; how stress impacts digestion
  • Intensive Farming – Origins, growth and practices used in industrial agriculture; impacts on soil, water, air, wildlife, worker & animal welfare, crop diversity, food quality, among others
  • Food & Climate – Food miles & transportation, packaging, plastics, food waste; carbon emissions, pollution & diversity loss in rivers & oceans
  • Regenerative Agriculture – Exploring worldwide initiatives promoting genuinely sustainable farming and food production
  • Organic Farming & Food – Background, philosophy, practices, certification bodies, environmental & health benefits, affordability, comparison vs industrial practices 
  • GMOs – Background & developments in gene modification of crops & animals; environmental impacts, health implications, regulations, future trends
  • Food Processing & Refining – Impacts on nutritional quality of staple foods & ingredients (wheat flour, sugar, seed oils); Ultra-processed foods & NOVA classification; ingredients & additives, fortification; shelf-life. 
  • Food labels – terms, regulations, health & nutrition claims
  • Ingredients – disguised sugars, NOVA system, ultra-processed items
  • Additives – categories, uses, potential hazards, ‘clean label’ trend
  • Smarter choices – Compare similar products for healthier choices, using ingredients, nutrition data, health & nutrition claims, other messaging, etc 
  • Nutritional value for money – identify cheaper products that are healthy
  • Epigenetics & nutrigenomics – threats to sperm & egg, fertility issues, environmental toxins, natural approaches for low fertility 
  • ‘Womb to tomb’ health – key challenges & dietary & lifestyle priorities at all ages & life stages: pre-conception, pregnancy, breast milk vs formula, weaning, infancy & childhood, adolescence, adulthood, menopause, senior years
  • Managing stress – acute vs chronic stress; autonomic nervous system, sympathetic vs parasympathetic effects; chronic stress impacts on digestion, other systems, overall physical & mental health; escaping the ‘downward spiral’; mindset, tips and techniques for managing stress
  • Sleep & relaxation – its healing & restorative power; techniques for better sleep hygiene; breath work & relaxation, herbs, music & tones, etc
  • Metabolic illness – growth of non-infectious diseases associated with shifting consumption patterns of staple foods; future trends
  • Insulin resistance (IR) – role of insulin in metabolism, managing glucose & fat stores, etc; hyperinsulinaemia, diabetes T2, other long-term impacts; potential to reverse IR with appropriate changes to diet, eating behaviours & exercise, etc; 
  • Ultra-processed foods – how they damage health in different ways
  • Snacking – rise of frequent eating culture, negative impacts on weight & chronic health conditions
  • Dietary upgrades – to improve or reverse IR-related conditions; low-carb & ketogenic approaches; healthy fats & nutrient dense diet
  • Fasting & time-restricted eating – how it helps improve insulin sensitivity and promote metabolic flexibility
  • Chronic inflammation – signs & symptoms, blood markers, lifestyle factors promoting inflammation; pro- & anti-inflammatory lifestyle factors & foods, including fish oils
  • Detoxification – role in maintaining cellular health & overall; autophagy and its optimisation; supporting detoxification with nutritious foods & drinks, meal-spacing, exercise, etc
  • Food Intolerances – mechanisms of allergy vs intolerance/sensitivity; rising incidences, background causes, incl. hygiene & ‘old friends’ hypotheses
  • Unmasking culprits – intolerance testing; use of Elimination protocol to identify problem foods or ingredients 
  • Stress triggers – chronic stress can weaken digestion, promote ‘leaky gut’
  • Autoimmune (AI) disease – how some AI conditions may be caused by an immune response to certain foods or ingredients
  • Managing wheat & dairy – tips & swaps for avoiding these common problem foods
  • Overweight & obesity – BMI, other measures, prevalences & trends worldwide
  • Genetic influences – also epigenetic and social class effects, among others 
  • Origins of problem – shifts in consumption of staple foods and macros since 1970s; changes in physical activity; sedentary lifestyles; influence of time-poverty & convenience factors; rise of snacking, ultra-processed foods 
  • Weight control models – origins & dominance of calorie-in, calorie-out (CICO) model, uses & limitations, low-calorie diets, bariatric surgery; ‘set-point’ homeostatic theory of weight control; low-carb & ketogenic approaches & successes – recent research & future trends
  • Personalised weight control – how use of individualised approaches to diet and lifestyle can effectively result in sustainable weight loss & maintenance .
  • Exercise benefits physical health – improved energy, immunity, skeleton, muscle tone, balance, coordination, movement confidence, etc
  • Exercise benefits mental health – improved sleep & mood, less depression, slower cognitive decline, relieves stress-related conditions, etc
  • Supporting health span & longevity – combatting the hazards of sedentary living with suitable exercise habits
  • Exercise aids weight loss – though diet is the master key to long-term success
  • Types of exercise – benefits of: cardio & other aerobic training, strength work, high intensity (HIIT), balance & flexibility training; finding suitable exercise for client
  • Over-exercising – health issues from excessive exercise, including fatigue, poor immunity & post-viral delayed recovery, mood swings, altered menstruation. Prioritise adequate recovery & rest, choose best healthy foods, drinks, snacks for training demands; don’t skip meals; possibly monitor heart rate, heart rate variability
  • Sports performance – how body energy systems work; fuelling for different sports; optimising hydration for performance & health; foods & drinks suitable – or not – for performance & training days; potential benefits of safe & legal supplement use for athletes
  • Planning to Coach – basic business plan using SMART goals or other model; hours per week, full- or part-time? – financial commitment needed to launch business
  • Location – own home, rented space, client’s home, online only or hybrid
  • Preferred clients – individuals or groups?; all-comers or certain issues only?;
  • Requirements for practising – legal, professional & insurance requirements & any limitations in your country or state 
  • Professional membership – fees, benefits, opportunities & obligations of joining a professional coaching body; organisations for Health and Wellness Coaches in UK/Ireland, USA, Australia
  • Marketing – branding, building website &/or blog & SM following; promotions, offers, freebies, testimonials, sponsors, collaborations, free talks, fees
  • Connecting, improving – developing links & networks with health professionals, organisations, movements, communities; seek out regular continuous professional development in areas of interest
  • Deliver presentations – how to plan & deliver an informal talk, presentation, class or course, online or in-person; building confidence: practise in front of friend, phone or computer; other tips & techniques for interesting, confident delivery & flow
  • Preparing presentation – make plan to suit audience, venue & duration; allow time for Q&A; source & reference facts, other materials; prepare handout with own contact details; practise & time the presentation beforehand, get feedback, adjust as needed
  • Presentation aids – PowerPoint or similar, handouts, slide printouts, questionnaires, flip charts, posters, samples, personal stories, demonstration; animations, video clips
  • Structure & style – welcome, introduce self, background, topic overview, deliver main content, conclusion, Q&A 

Maggie Lynch, our Director of Cooking, will host two attendance cooking classes and two live online cooking classes via Zoom from the IINH Taste Health kitchen. Students attending these classes can get their questions answered by Maggie. Everyone will receive a comprehensive pack of delicious wholefood recipes, along with other practical information on healing foods, ingredients and better brands, etc. 

The assessment is based on a variety of mainly practical assignments and case studies.

There is no written exam.

Sample class

Try us out for FREE! Sample some of our course content, learn more about our additional units and get a tour of our learning platform.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT NUTRITION & HEALTH COACHING

View our blog series about Health Coaching and things to consider when selecting the right course for you. 

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