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 exercise and nutrition courses and qualifications.

Global Recognition

Our nutrition courses are awarded and endorsed by YMCA Awards, a brand that is renowned worldwide as a mark of quality.

Cutting-Edge Content

All our nutrition programmes are developed and presented by leading registered dieticians and nutritionists to ensure you get nothing but the best.

Unlimited Opportunities

With such a broad range of nutrition courses available, there are so many options open to graduates of these programmes to work as a nutrition coach.

5-Star Support

Our 5-star support team is available whenever you need a little expert advice, guidance or support with your course.

Expertly Developed Exercise and Nutrition Courses

If you would prefer to take a more modular and step-by-step approach to your nutrition studies, why not take a look at one of our individual courses and qualifications below.

  • Level 3 Understanding Eating Disorders
  • Level 3 Sport and Exercise Supplements
  • Level 3 Nutrition for Pre and Postnatal Clients
  • Level 3 Award in Childhood Obesity
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Frequently Asked Nutrition Questions

Listed below are a range of common questions presented by students looking to complete our nutrition courses and qualifications. If you don't find the information you are looking for on this page, please feel free to reach out to our Careers Team who will be ready and willing to assist you.

  • 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, Pilates teacher, yoga teacher or GP referral specialist) or operate solely as a nutrition coach.

    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, supplements and a host of other nutrition courses 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.

    The terms nutritionist and dietician do have very specific meanings and the Association for Nutrition (AfN) and the British Dietetic Association (BDA) have clear role descriptors and definitions of these. Unless you have post-graduate qualifications in these fields, it’s best to avoid using these terms.

  • 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?

    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.

    Each of our nutrition programmes is slightly different from the next and so it’s always best to check on the individual course page with regards to exactly what materials are available. Some of our courses are entirely eLearning, others have eLearning, manuals (print and digital) and online lecture videos. It really does depend on the course in question and the level and complexity of the subject.

  • 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?

    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.

Don't Just Take Our Word For It

Throughout the past 15 or so years, we've trained over 40,000 exercise professionals across a wide-range of qualifications. On this journey, we've met some amazing people who have gone on to do great things with their qualifications. Here are just a few faces you might recognise.

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 Bronze Medalist Pole Vaulter, 2020 Olympic Games)

Kardy Laguda is an internationally renowned fitness instructor

"HFE is the most professional and cutting edge fitness provider I have ever seen."

- Kardy Laguda

(International Fitness Presenter)

A Career in Nutrition Advice and Guidance

If you have some unanswered questions about a career in nutrition, look no further than our handy career guides which give you a breakdown of everything you need to know, like employment options, myth-busting, key terminology and more.

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Providing Nutrition Advice to Pre and Postnatal Clients

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Delivering Nutrition and Weight Management Services
Delivering Nutrition and Weight Management Services

Delivering Nutrition and Weight Management Services

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What it Takes to Become a Sports Nutrition Coach
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What it Takes to Become a Sports Nutrition Coach

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Dieticians, Nutritionists and Nutrition Coaches: What's the Difference?
Dieticians, Nutritionists and Nutrition Coaches: What’s the Difference?

Dieticians, Nutritionists and Nutrition Coaches: What's the Difference?

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Support With Your Nutrition Career

Here at HFE we're committed to providing you with an extensive training and career support package. Once you've finished your training, our service to you doesn't simply stop. There are a variety of ways that our team can help you forge a successful career in the exercise, nutrition or leisure sector, and some of these are featured below.

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CV Connect

Our CV Connect platform is a cutting-edge recruitment solution designed specifically for HFE graduates.

Once you’ve completed your training, we’ll unlock the CV Connect platform and you’ll be able to upload your CV and connect it with employers in your area to get access to thousands of employment opportunities.

  • Thousands of opportunities
  • UK-wide reach
  • Easy to follow process
  • Trusted by employers
  • Instant access on achievement
  • All major UK leisure operators
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Exclusive Discounts on Nutrition Products

We’ve formed partnerships with a select range of reputable professional, fitness, and nutrition-based organisations in order to be able to bring to you a range of HFE exclusive offers and discounts on a whole host of exciting products and services.

Many of these discounts are HFE exclusives and are only available to graduates of HFE courses and qualifications.

  • Fitness and sporting equipment
  • Insurance and other professional services
  • Supplements and nutrition products
  • Nutrition analysis software
  • Booking platforms
  • Training and CPD
Woman Providing Nutrition Support

Nutrition Career Concierge: Unlimited Advice and Guidance

Our 5-star career and support teams will be on hand throughout your studies and beyond to provide you with an expert career concierge service.

Whether you’re looking to start your own business or secure a employment in the industry, our team will be ready and waiting to provide you with expert support, guidance and direction.

  • Unlimited access
  • Expert guidance
  • Ongoing career support
  • Access to employment
  • Business advice
  • Supportive and encouraging

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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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