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BTEC Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Health Coaching

Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, digestive and autoimmune disorders, plus many other lifestyle-related conditions, are now commonplace. Preventive approaches are vital if we are to reverse this huge burden of avoidable and costly suffering. With the key role of good food and lifestyle habits now fully recognised, the demand for sound knowledge and practical guidance is growing rapidly.

What is a Health Coach?

A 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.

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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 for the Nutrition and Health Coach
  • Unit 6. Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching
  • Unit 7. Setting up Practice and Delivering Presentations


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


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


• BTEC Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Health Coaching*.
• ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Diet and Nutrition for Complementary Therapists**

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

Course Facts

Course length:

1 year (also forms first year of the Nutritional Therapy programme).


3 (UK). Equivalent to level 5 Ireland.

Next Course Runs:

September to May.


Classroom, online or blended learning (a mixture of classroom and online).Attendance and online tutorials are held frequently throughout the year.

Time Commitment:

Credited by Pearson at 400 Notional Learning Hours. This includes lecture time, home study, tutorials, reading, assignments and case studies.


BTEC Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Health Coaching. ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Diet and Nutrition for Complementary Therapists (optional).

Accrediting bodies:

Pearson (formerly Edexcel), ITEC.

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