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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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Attendance and 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.
• ITEC Certificate in Diet and Nutrition for Complementary Therapists
• 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 and ITEC awards are available as additional options.

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Course Details

Next Course Runs

Next Courses:

  • March 8, 2019 – September 2019
    (Online, part-time format)
  • September 21, 2019 – May 2020
    (Attendance, Online and Blended, all part-time)
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Attendance classes (Sept – May) are held at:

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


Delivery formats:

  • Attendance: Attend any or all of 22 weekend class days (Course starting in Sept 2019 only)
  • Online only: All content studied interactively online (Course starting in March & Sept 2019)
  • Blended learning: Attend some weekend classes, remaining content online (Course starting in Sept 2019 only)

Frequent online tutorials delivered for all students. Recordings for those unable to attend.

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Time Commitment:

Most students report devoting 4-6 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
  • Optional Award: ITEC Certificate in Diet and Nutrition for Complementary Therapists – Level 3 UK
Accrediting bodies

Accrediting bodies:

Pearson/Edexcel is a global education and examination body owned by Pearson.
ITEC specialises in Beauty, Complementary Therapies, Sport and Fitness sectors. ITEC has awarded high quality and respected industry qualifications since 1947.
QQI is the national qualifications body in Ireland for further education.

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  • Attendance (attend all/any lecture days and 2 cooking days) – € 3,600 (Sept-May)
  • Blended learning (attend 6 lecture days and 2 cooking days) – € 3,450 (Sept-May)
  • Online only (no attendance) – € 3,325 (March & Sept start)

Fees include:

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

Flexible Payment Options March 2019 enrolment:

  • Pay the full amount in one instalment and avail of €225 discount. Instead of €3325 you pay €3100.
  • Or pay in 7 monthly instalments of €475


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