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BTEC Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Health Coaching

What is a Nutrition & Health Coach?

A Nutrition & Health Coach assists clients to achieve their goals around health, food, eating and lifestyle – and make them stick. The Coach empowers the client to adopt habits that place them on the path to a healthier future.

Typically, clients are looking for: better weight control; more energy; improved immunity, sleep, digestion, skin, joints, etc.; a healthy pregnancy; help to manage food intolerance; advice for choosing and using wholesome foods and ingredients; meal plans and recipes; guidance for fussy eaters – along with many other goals.

Wondering what the difference between a Nutrition & Health Coach and a Nutritional Therapist is? Click the button below to see the comparison.

Career Paths for Nutrition & Health Coaches

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Course Outline

The BTEC Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Health Coaching programme consists of seven assessed units, plus cooking.

  • Unit 1. Basics of Nutrition

  • Unit 2. Nutrition in Health and Disease

  • Unit 3. Nutrition, Exercise and Sports

  • Unit 4. Farm to Fork

  • Unit 5. Practitioner Development

  • Unit 6. Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching

  • Unit 7. Setting up Practice and Delivering Presentations

  • Extra. Cooking Demonstration Classes and Resources

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Blended learning students are encouraged to attend two days of cooking classes. Videos of demonstrated dishes are available online.

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The assessment process is based on a variety of mainly practical assignments and case studies. There is no written exam.


• BTEC Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Health Coaching.
• QQI Award Nutrition & Health

The BTEC Diploma forms the first year of our Nutritional Therapy programme for those who wish to continue their studies.
QQI award is available as additional option.

More on Qualifications.

Course Details

Next Course Runs

Next Course start:

  • September 2020
    (Online & Blended, part-time)
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Classes for Blended learners are held at:

The Blackrock Education Centre, Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin (A96 EW01)


Delivery formats:

  • Online only: All content studied interactively online
  • Blended learning: All content studied interactively online plus up to 10 classroom days and 2 cooking days in IINH demonstration kitchen.
  • Weekly online tutorials for all students throughout the course. Recorded for those unable to attend.
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Time Commitment:

Most students report devoting 6-10 hours per week on average to the course. This includes lecture time, home study, tutorials, reading, assignments and case studies.


Awards, Levels & Learning Hours:

  • Main Award & Qualification: BTEC Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Health Coaching – Level 3 UK, equivalent level 5 Ireland, 400 Notional Learning Hours
  • Optional Award: QQI Award in Nutrition and Health – Level 6 Ireland
Accrediting bodies

Accrediting bodies:

Pearson/Edexcel is a global education and examination body owned by Pearson.
QQI is the national qualifications body in Ireland for further education.

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  • Online only:
    • Pay in full: € 3,100
    • or pay in 5 monthly instalments of €700 – total cost: €3,500
  • Blended learning:
    • Pay in full: € 3,400
    • or pay in 5 monthly instalments of €760 – total cost: €3,800

Fees include:

    • All course materials
    • All assessments
    • All tutorials
    • 2 Cooking classes (for Blended learners)
    • Access to Mentor during case study work
    • Access to Online Learning Platform
    • Access to library
    • Registration with awarding body Pearson (BTEC).

Fees exclude:

    • Optional Award: QQI Award in Nutrition and Health – Level 6 Ireland (approx. €250)

*Payment is refundable up until course commencement, an admin fee of €50 will be deducted from refund.
*Once course commences, course fees are non refundable.


Nutrition & Health Coaching Course Enrolment September 2020


Nutrition and Health Coach courses vary in awards, duration and what they prepare you for. Use this checklist to compare IINH with other providers to help you make the right choice.

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