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Nutrition Supplements for Sport and Exercise Performance

Discover how to create those marginal gains by using sports nutrition supplements effectively.

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Level 3 Nutrition Supplements for Sport and Exercise Performance


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Level 3 Nutrition Supplements for Sport and Exercise Performance

  • Course type

    Online learning

  • Time to qualify

    1-2 Weeks

  • Entry requirements


  • Accreditations

Where Will Your Nutrition Qualification Take You?

Join thousands of nutrition graduates working with some of the country's leading gyms and health clubs, helping to support clients with their nutritional goals.

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Level 3 Nutrition Supplements to Support Sport and Exercise Performance

The Level 3 Nutrition Supplements to Support Sport and Exercise Performance is an exclusive HFE programme that has been specifically created to provide an evidence-based learning experience for those wanting to optimise their sport and exercise nutrition strategy.


Exercise and nutrition professionals will inevitably encounter clients who are keen to learn more about how nutritional supplements can support their sport or exercise ambitions, and may in fact already be using a range of supplements to support their training. With so many different products available, and much variability with regards to the quality of the same supplement products, it’s essential that the modern exercise professional has a sound, evidence-based understanding of nutritional supplements and how they can support sport and exercise performance.

The global sale of dietary and/or sports supplements is a multi-billion-pound market. According to data published by Wunsch (2020), in 2018 the worldwide sale of sports nutrition supplements was valued at 50.84 billion U.S dollars and by 2023, these sales are estimated to reach 81.5 billion U.S. dollars. Sports supplements are big business for manufacturers and retailers and it is worth considering this when considering the marketing claims of the supplement manufacturers. They cannot and should not be relied upon!

Course Structure:

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Online learning

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Knowledge checks

Online learning

Online exam

Our Level 3 Nutrition Supplements to Support Sport and Exercise Performance course has been specifically created by a team of sports scientists and doctors to present to you the evidence-based facts about the most widely used and credible nutrition supplements. This programme has been specifically designed to go beyond what is taught in any other programme, and provides the ideal supplement (sorry we couldn’t resist) to our Level 4 Sport and Exercise Nutrition Coach programme.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course and even if you are not working in the sport and physical activity sector, you’ll likely find the course valuable if you have an active interest in the subject. The content is however aimed at qualified exercise professionals and there will be reference to physiological processes, particularly bioenergetics, that most fitness instructors and personal trainers will have prior knowledge of.

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

What You'll Learn

Throughout this course you will develop a thorough understanding about the evidence-based facts supporting a range of nutritional supplements used to develop optimum sports and exercise nutrition programmes. Some of this content include:

  • Introduction to Nutrition Supplements

    Introduction to Nutrition Supplements

    • Defining nutritional supplements/ergogenic aids
    • When to consider/avoid supplements
    • Supplement safety and quality indicators
    • Relative importance of supplements
    • Cost effectiveness of supplements
    • Credible sources of evidence
  • Protein and Amino Acid Supplementation

    Protein and Amino Acid Supplementation

    • Protein and amino acid classifications
    • Effects on performance, aesthetic and health
    • Whey & casein
    • Branched-chain amino acids
    • Plant-based proteins
    • Optimum protein strategies (dose, frequency, timing)
  • Creatine Supplements in Sport and Exercise

    Creatine Supplements in Sport and Exercise

    • Creatine classification
    • Benefits and side-effects
    • Effects of creatine on performance, health and aesthetics
    • Creatine loading and maintenance approaches
    • Creatine in sport
    • Optimum creatine strategies (dose, frequency, timing)
  • Caffeine Supplements in Sport and Exercise

    Caffeine Supplements in Sport and Exercise

    • Evidence-based benefits of caffeine supplements
    • Types of caffeine supplements
    • Caffeine during pregnancy/breastfeeding
    • Variability between caffeine supplements
    • Contextual sporting strategies
    • Optimum caffeine strategies (dose, frequency, timing)
  • Vitamins, Minerals and Omega Supplements

    Vitamins, Minerals and Omega Supplements

    • Defining omega-3, omega-6, ALA, EPA & DHA
    • Fish oil supplements - sources, benefits & types
    • Vitamin and mineral supplement benefits/risks
    • Cost effectiveness of vitamin/mineral supplements
    • Effects on performance, aesthetics, health
    • optimum vitamin/mineral supplement strategies

How You'll be Assessed

The programme is assessed informally through a combination of informal knowledge checks that are embedded into the learning programme, and an end-of-course online multiple-choice exam.


Knowledge checks:

  • Multi-choice
  • Informal tone
  • Consolidate learning

Online exam:

  • Multi-choice
  • Unlimited re-sits
  • Instant results

Learning and Support Materials

The course is primarily delivered through eLearning, although some supplementary reading is also supplied within the course in order to help you develop a deeper and richer understanding of the subjects. Throughout this course, you’ll receive:

Friendly and engaging e-learning content
Learning materials for sports nutrition

Mobile friendly and fully responsive

Whether you are studying from home, work, or on the bus, you can access your course anytime or place.

An easy-to-follow study guide
Home study guide

The expert voice

Join our clinical dietician as she presents the evidence base surrounding disordered eating in an easy to digest style

Ongoing support from a real tutor
Learning support tutor

Support without limits

Unlike many online courses, our team of experienced and friendly support tutors are always on hand to provide a little extra help.

Flexible, intuitive and uncomplicated assessments
Online learner engagement system

Simple, but not easy

The assessments are easy to take but a word of warning, you'll need to know your stuff to pass the exam.

Free and unlimited re-assessments
Study on your own terms

No extra cost

If you don’t manage to pass the exam first time, don’t sweat it. Simply do a little more revision, and return to the test when you’re ready.

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

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