Nutrition & Health Coaching2018-11-28T16:37:36+00:00
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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 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.

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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
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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.

More on Qualifications.

Course Facts

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Course length:

8 Months May-December Online

9 Months September-May
This course also forms first year of the Nutritional Therapy programme.


Level & Learning Hours:

Level 3 (UK). Equivalent to level 5 in Ireland.

Credited by Pearson at 400 Notional Learning Hours.

Next Course Runs

Next Course:

September 2018 – May 2019 (Attendance, Blended learning and online only format)

Starting September 22, 2018

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Classes are held at:

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

All tutorials are live and online.



  • Attendance at weekend classes
  • Attendance at some weekend classes with remaining content studied online
  • Fully online – all content studied online
  • Frequent evening online tutorials open to all students
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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.



  • BTEC Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Health Coaching (Level 3 UK, equivalent level 5 Irl)
  • QQI Award Level 6 in Nutrition and Health (Optional)
  • ITEC Certificate in Diet and Nutrition for Complementary Therapists (Level 3 UK, equivalent level 5 Irl) (Optional)
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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  • Nutrition & Health Coaching – Attendance (attend all/any lecture days and 2 cooking days) – € 3,500
  • Nutrition & Health Coaching – Blended learning (attend up to 6 lecture days and 2 cooking days) – € 3,300
  • Nutrition & Health Coaching – Online (no attendance) – € 3,100
  • Fees include all course material, all assessment, all tutorials, access to VLE and library.
  • Fees include registration with awarding body Pearson (BTEC).
  • Attending students receive printed course notes in class.

Career Paths for Nutrition & Health Coaches

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Nutrition & Health Coaching Course

  • Fees may be paid all at once or by monthly instalments.
  • Early settlement discounts are available if course fees are paid in full (see fee schedule).
  • A deposit of 10% of course fee is required to secure a place on the Nutrition & Health Coaching course (Sept start).
  • Deposit is fully refundable up until the first teaching weekend. An admin fee of €50 will be applied to refunds.
  • Payments can be made by cheque, bank transfer, cash or by using the button below.

***Avail of €150 / €100 discount if fees are paid in full.***


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.

awardsGenuine qualification from a globally recognised awarding body.IINH is proud to offer the only internationally recognised Nutrition & Health Coach qualification, awarded by Pearson, largest global provider of education awards.
communityReal clinical experience with volunteer case study clients.Most Health Coach courses use only 'paper' case studies, with no 1-to-1 clinical experience. At IINH we know that facing real clients and their issues is the best way to learn. So whether in class or online you will deal with four real clients - with ongoing support from our team.
cooking schoolCooking demonstrations and practical resources for future clients.IINH is the only nutrition college with a dedicated Director of Cooking. The importance of practical knowledge and skills for preparing wholesome meals prompted us to create our own cooking school with purpose-built demonstration kitchen. Students observe and taste a range of delicious, healthy dishes and get access to a library of recipes and practical resources for label reading, sourcing, storing and using wholesome foods and ingredients.
time commitmentSufficient learning hours to properly explore and understand a broad range of important topics and issues in nutrition and health.The BTEC Advanced Diploma in Nutrition & Health Coaching officially requires 400 Notional Learning Hours. This ensures you graduate with the knowledge, skills and confidence to practice safely and effectively.
levelFrequent interactive tutorials throughout the course - not just recordings.Whilst all materials are accessible via our online portal 24/7, we know the value of frequent live tutorials (also recorded) where lecturers support students, especially with their case study clients. In addition, each student is assigned their own personal mentor.
Money icon purpleTransparent fee structure, no hidden costs.We know that this is a big commitment of time and money, so we are transparent about fees.There are no additional costs - you pay the fee and *everything is included, from class handouts to accreditation body (BTEC) costs. *There are modest extra fees for the optional QQI & ITEC awards.

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