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Level 4 Sport and Exercise Nutrition Coach

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Level 4 Sport and Exercise Nutrition Coach


All you need to do is complete the home study assessments, there's no practical attendance required.

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Payment Options

  • Pay in full

    Total payable £546.25 5% discount £28.75
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £80 and 5 x £79 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £575

Get the latest sport and exercise nutrition knowledge to help your clients achieve peak physical and nutritional performance.

  • Course type


  • Time to qualify

    8-10 weeks

  • Entry requirements

    L2 Fitness Instructor Qualification (recommended)

  • Accreditations

    YMCA Approved Logo

Where Will Your Nutrition Qualification Take You?

Join thousands of graduates supporting clients to reach top-level physical performance at some of the UK's leading gyms, health clubs and institutions.

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Level 4 Sport and Exercise Nutrition Coach

Help your clients to achieve peak physical and nutritional state with our Level 4 Nutrition to Support Sport and Exercise Performance course.


Participation in sport and exercise is at an all-time high with more people than ever now participating regularly in both. Interestingly, since the London 2012 Olympic games, sport and exercise participation has grown steadily across almost all sports, with running, cycling, football, swimming and golf being the frontrunners.

Outside of recreational sports, the interest and uptake of mass participation events like marathons, triathlons, duathlons, Spartan Runs and Tough Mudder for example has also risen sharply in recent years. Whether people are looking for new opportunities and challenges to stretch themselves physically, or to raise money for a good cause, the data suggests that the UK population quite literally has an appetite for sport and exercise.

Course Structure:

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Tutor support

Tutor support

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Online assessment

Against the above backdrop, the demand for qualified and competent exercise and nutrition professionals that can provide high-quality, evidence-based nutrition support is high. If you are an exercise professional looking to venture in to the world of sports nutrition, our Level 4 Nutrition to Support Sport and Exercise Performance could be just what you are looking for.

Entry Requirements

We strongly recommend that you hold a recognised fitness instructor qualification (e.g. gym instructor, exercise to music, personal trainer, Pilates or Yoga teacher) with an Ofqual-approved awarding body (e.g. YMCA Awards, Active IQ, NCFE, Pearson etc).

What You'll Learn How You'll be Assessed Learning and Support Materials

What You'll Learn

Becoming a competent sports nutrition coach requires a strong grasp of the science of human physiology and sports nutrition. You’ll also need to be able to apply the science to real-life situations to support your clients. Listed below are a range of subjects that are presented throughout this course, although this list is far from exhaustive:

  • Principles of Sports and Exercise Nutrition

    Principles of Sports and Exercise Nutrition

    • Professional roles and responsibilities
    • Dietary reference values
    • Food quality and nutrient density
    • Optimum diet for athletes
    • Introduction to micro & macronutrients
    • Sourcing credible information
  • Metabolism and Bioenergetics

    Metabolism and Bioenergetics

    • Metabolism and different metabolic measurements
    • The measure of energy and energy expression
    • Metabolic needs of different athletes
    • Factors affecting metabolism
    • Calculating macronutrient requirements
    • Bioenergetics in sport and exercise performance
  • Nutrient Science for Sport and Exercise

    Nutrient Science for Sport and Exercise

    • Carbohydrates: guidelines for sport and exercise performance
    • Protein: Guidelines for sport and exercise performance
    • Fat: guidelines for sport and exercise performance
    • Micronutrient requirements for different athletes
    • Optimum fluid and hydration strategies
    • Introduction to eating disorders is sport and exercise
  • Developing Effective Nutrition Strategies

    Developing Effective Nutrition Strategies

    • Nutrition, health and disease, including metabolic, cardiovascular, gut health and epigenetics
    • Factors affecting diet and nutrition
    • Functional foods and nutrition
    • Nutrition through the life stages
    • Creating an effective nutrition strategy
    • Analysis of sports and their technical needs
  • Supplements and Performance Enhancing Substances

    Supplements and Performance Enhancing Substances

    • When to consider supplements and when to focus on foods first
    • Types of nutritional supplements
    • Optimum strategies for different nutritional supplements
    • Image and performance-enhancing drugs (IPEDs)
    • Types and prevalence of IPEDs
    • IPEDs and the law

How You'll be Assessed

The course is assessed informally assessed throughout with a range of online multiple-choice knowledge tests to ensure that you are absorbing the content and understanding the technical information. The course will conclude with an online interactive case-study where you will need to demonstrate your ability to apply your knowledge to real-life situations.


knowledge tests

  • Multiple-choice
  • Complete online
  • Unlimited re-sits

Interactive case-study

  • Scenario-based questions
  • Varied question styles
  • Instant results and feedback

Learning and Support Materials

Our Level 4 Sport and Exercise Nutrition Coach course includes a wide-range of learning materials that have been specifically designed to help you get the most out of your studies. These include:

Technically rich, full colour, print and digital training manuals
Digital training manual

Take a sneak peak

Here's a sample of a range of some of our training manuals.

An extensive range of online lecture videos
Online lectures on mobile

Presented by experts

All our online lecture videos are presented by leading subject specialists.

An easy-to-follow study guide
Home study guide

Let us be your guide

This detailed study guide will guide you step-by-step through your training course.

A wide-range of online knowledge quizzes and tests

Test yourself

Complete these online multiple-choice tests throughout the course to keep track of your own progress.

Unlimited tutor support to help you with the technical content
Support tutor

Here when you need us

Our dedicated team of learner support tutors are on hand to help you with any learning or support needs.

*Images are for illustration purposes and may not depict specific course materials.

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