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Nutrition courses and qualifications
Nutrition courses and qualifications
Nutrition courses and qualifications

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Nutrition Courses and Qualifications

With content written and delivered by some of the industry's most experienced sports nutritionists and registered dietitians, we've created the industry's most comprehensive and advanced nutrition and weight management courses and qualifications.

Internationally-recognised nutrition qualifications

Highly sought after by UK health and fitness employers

Nutrition courses fully endorsed by CIMSPA

One Nutrition Career. Unlimited Possibilities.

Join our nutrition graduates working with some of the world's leading gyms, health clubs and fitness facilities.

HFE graduates work with David Lloyd clubs across the countryVirgin Active is an HFE employer partnerNuffield Health is an HFE employment partner
HFE graduates work at Bannatyne gyms and health clubs across the countryPure Gym is an HFE employment partnerHFE graduates work with leading budget gym chain Xercise4Less


From learning resources to job opportunities, we've answered the most frequently asked questions about our nutrition courses and qualifications.

How do I become a nutritionist?

The purpose of our nutrition courses and qualifications is to enhance your knowledge of nutritional and dietary guidelines and best practices. By completing our courses, you'll be able to offer nutritional advice alongside your existing services as a fitness professional (for example as a personal trainer) or operate solely as a nutritionist.

With regards to the qualifications themselves, the entry-level course is Level 3 Nutrition to Support Physical Activity. We also have two Level 4 programmes available: Level 4 Sports Nutrition and Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes. Finally, there's CPD related to eating disorders if you're looking to specialise.

Each of our nutrition courses can be completed on a standalone basis, alternatively, they can also be combined to form a comprehensive career package. This is the perfect option if you're looking to make diet and nutrition a core part of the services you offer to clients.

If you're interested in further exploring the world of nutrition and the career path of a nutritionist, we've created a comprehensive range of nutrition career articles and guides for you to read.

Can I complete your nutrition courses online?

One of the most appealing things about nutrition courses, qualifications and CPD programmes is that they can be completed entirely online, from the comfort of your home. All you'll need is an internet-connected device and a quiet place to study.

For applicable courses with theory exams, such as Level 3 Nutrition to Support Physical Activity, these are taken online invigilated by an online proctor. Using your laptop, Macbook or desktop PC's microphone and webcam, you'll be monitored very much in the same way as you would if you were sitting the exam in person. One of the biggest benefits is that can choose the time and day you'll sit the exam and you'll also get instant access to your provisional result.

Any workbooks, case studies or other assessments can be completed via LES, the Learner Engagement System, and you'll have 24/7 access to this bespoke and innovative student portal.

What learning resources are available while I study?

From the very moment you enrol onto any of our nutrition courses and qualifications, you'll be assigned a dedicated Learner Support Tutor. They are on hand Monday - Friday via phone and email to guide your learning, assist with revision and provide invaluable career advice as you embark on your journey to become a fully qualified nutritionist.

In conjunction with tutor support, you'll receive instant access to LES, our student portal. It's here you'll find a wealth of resources at your fingertips including mock quizzes to test your knowledge, workbooks and hours of video lectures presented by the industry's leading sports nutritionists and dietitians.

Alongside those resources, you'll also receive comprehensive training manuals available in both full-colour print and digitally via the HFE app.

What are my payment options?

Our pricing model is open and honest and we have a couple of ways that you can pay for your nutrition courses and qualifications. This way, you get the maximum amount of choice.

If you're in a position to pay for everything upfront and get it all sorted in one go, we can offer you a 5% discount on any of our nutrition courses and career packages.

Spreading the cost of your courses is also an option and we offer 6 and 12-month, 0% interest payment plans.

Do you offer guaranteed interviews and jobs?

This is one of our most frequently asked questions and unfortunately (but perhaps, fortunately) the practice of offering guaranteed interviews and jobs isn't something we're involved in.

If you're looking to launch a career as a nutritionist or further incorporate nutrition into the services you currently offer clients, we firmly believe you should be able to choose your own destiny, as it were.

Instead of boxing you in, we want you to have as much choice as possible and that's why we've created CV Connect. This exclusive and innovative system has been built from the ground for HFE graduates. From the moment you complete any of our nutrition courses and qualifications, you'll gain access to CV Connect through LES, Learner Engagement System. From here, it's just a matter of uploading your freshly polished CV, selecting employers in your area and submitting your details directly. If someone at the other end likes what they see, they'll be in touch.

It really is that straightforward and simple and it's a direct path to thousands of employment opportunities.

How long will it take to get qualified?

This naturally depends on which nutrition courses or career packages you're doing. If we take something like the Level 3 Nutrition to Support Physical Activity course, this can be completed in as little as 2-4 weeks. Something more advanced like the Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes Certificate can take 10-12 weeks to qualify.

With each and every one of our nutrition courses, we provide comprehensive study guides to help you structure your learning. Alongside regular contact with your support tutor, we'll ensure that you're on track at every stage of your journey.

What matters most at the end of the day is not how quickly you complete your nutrition qualification, but how much energy and commitment you apply to your studies.

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  • James Crossley, also known as Hunter from Gladiators, endorses HFE's fitness courses

    "HFE is the ultimate fitness training provider, without a doubt their personal training courses are the best in the industry."

    James Crossley

    (Hunter from Gladiators)

  • Laura Massaro is a World 1 squash player who studied yoga with HFE

    "The course has really helped me to better understand yoga so that I can improve my performance and remain World No. 1."

    Laura Massaro

    (World No. 1 Squash Player - 2016)

  • Team GB Olympic pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw is an HFE personal training student

    "HFE have produced some of the best materials I have seen in education."

    Holly Bradshaw

    (Team GB Olympic Pole Vaulter)

  • "HFE were understanding and the course is really flexible. I knew this would be the perfect thing for me."

    Louise Fiddes

    (Team GB World Champion Paralympic Swimmer)

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    The course tutors are friendly, accessible and offer constructive feedback throughout. I highly recommend this course.


  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    I enjoyed my time learning with HFE, I have just completed my level 3 PT and found it to be a great experience. Telephone support was always on hand whenever I had any questions, and when it came to my 3 weekend practical and examinations I found it laid back and not like normal exam conditions.

    Ant Heap

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Standard throughout was excellent my tutor was on hand for any questions I had and the weekends were great also. Great value for money and highly recommend if you are thinking of starting a career in the fitness industry.

    J Bennett

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    I wanted to say how very grateful and appreciative I am of HFE, from the first point of contact, course enquiry, course books, online resources. Learning materials on line and manuals dispatched fast and enabled me to get started straight away.


Nutrition Courses with HFE

It’s a fact that regular exercise is key to living a healthier and happier life. What tends to fall by the wayside however is diet and nutrition. As the old adage goes though, you can’t outrun a bad diet. As a fitness professional, you may have clients who are unquestionably devoted to the exercise programmes you’ve given them but where they may be coming up short is with their nutrition and thus hampering their chances of achieving their overall goals.

Our nutrition courses and qualifications are designed to redress the balance of things. It’s not just a case of giving you healthy eating guidelines handed down from the NHS, this is about empowering you with an elevated level of knowledge so you can truly make an impact.

For those fitness professionals brand new to the world of nutrition, the starting point is the Level 3 Nutrition to Support Physical Activity. From here there are options to advance and these include Level 4 Sports Nutrition as well as an Eating Disorders CPD programme.

Each of our nutrition courses can be completed online. Providing you have an internet-connected device and a quiet place to study, you’ll be able to make progress. Upon enrolment, you’ll receive instant access to LES, Learner Engagement System. This student portal has been built from the ground up with your success in mind. It’s here you’ll have access to mock exams, workbooks, online course content and exclusive video lectures presented by leading nutritionists and dietitians.

Alongside the learning resources at your fingertips, you’ll also have regular contact with your dedicated Learner Support Tutor. Via phone and email during the week, they’ll be on hand to assist with revision, guide your learning and provide invaluable career advice.

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