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Level 3 Nutrition to Support Physical Activity

Help your clients improve their diets and nutritional habits with this informative course

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Level 3 Nutrition to Support Physical Activity


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  • Pay in full

    Total payable £261.25 5% discount £13.75
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    1 x £30 and 5 x £29 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £275
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A must-have qualification for all those wanting to give nutritional advice and learn real-life solutions to improving the dietary habits of clients.

  • Course type

    Home study

  • Time to qualify

    2-4 weeks

  • Entry requirements

    No formal entry requirements

  • Accreditations

    YMCA Awards are HFE's awarding body HFE's fitness courses and qualifications are endorsed by CIMSPA

One Nutrition Course. Endless Opportunities.

Help your clients improve their nutritional habits with this leading nutrition course and join thousands of graduates working with some of the biggest names in fitness.

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Level 3 Nutrition to Support Physical Activity

This is a must-have nutrition qualification for anyone working in the fitness profession and who wants to help their clients to improve their dietary habits and practices.


In today’s world, proper diet and nutrition is just a vital as regular exercise when it comes to living a healthier and happier life. It’s also necessary for combating the all-too-prevalent chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes and hypertension. It’s simply not enough to just exercise regularly or to only have a healthy, balanced diet, the two must be effectively combined.

For everyday people, however, understanding what constitutes a healthy diet isn’t always easy or straightforward. As an exercise professional looking to help your clients to change their lives, this Level 3 Nutrition to Support Physical Activity is an essential starter qualification.

Course Structure:

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Online workbooks

Case studies

Online case-study

This nutrition qualification is also a mandatory part of the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training, but it also represents a fantastic CPD opportunity for Pilates instructors, yoga teachers and group exercise professionals looking to expand the range of services they offer to clients.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this Level 3 Nutrition course. Due to the nature of what you’ll be learning, we do recommend you already have a Level 2 Fitness Instructor Certificate, ideally in Gym or Exercise to music. Above all else, you should have a keen interest in nutrition and the burning desire to help your clients improve their dietary habits.

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

What You'll Learn

This level 3 nutrition course will help you to develop the knowledge and skills needed to assess the nutritional practices of others and provide practical and real-world, solutions that will improve the dietary habits of your clients. Here’s a sample of some of the subjects that this course covers, although this list is by no means exhaustive:

  • Digestion and Absorption

    Digestion and Absorption

    • Digestive processes
    • Types of digestion
    • Digestive enzymes
    • Alimentary canal
    • Excretion and assimilation
    • Digestive organs and functions
  • Macronutrients


    • Carbohydrates, fats & proteins
    • Functions of macronutrients
    • Sources of macronutrients
    • Macronutrient needs
    • Timing of macronutrients
    • Blood glucose regulation
  • Water, Fluids and Hydration

    Water, Fluids and Hydration

    • Functions of water
    • Thermoregulation
    • Fluid loss and dehydration
    • Effects of dehydration
    • Signs of dehydration
    • Sports drinks and performance
  • Micronutrients


    • Functions, types & sources of vitamins
    • Daily vitamin & mineral targets
    • Functions, types and sources of minerals
    • Special micronutrient requirements
    • Free radicals and disease
    • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Diet, Nutrition and Weight

    Diet, Nutrition and Weight

    • Energy balance and diet
    • Bioenergetics
    • Common dieting strategies
    • Eating disorders
    • Weight management
    • Religious and cultural influences

How You'll be Assessed

This level 3 nutrition course is designed to assess your knowledge and understanding of a range of nutrition, healthy eating and weight management strategies. Specifically, you’ll need to complete the following assessments to achieve the qualification:



  • Workbooks
  • Case-study
  • Completed online

Theory exam

  • Multiple choice
  • 10 questions
  • 10% pass mark

Learning and Support Materials

Developing an expert level of nutrition goes above and beyond understanding good fats from bad fats, or knowing the different food groups. Diet and nutrition are so fundamental to healthy living that you need to be able to separate fact from fiction and confidently give clients advice based on the prevailing evidence. In order to help you develop this level of knowledge, we’ll provide you with a range of learning and support materials, including:

A comprehensive student training manual
Learning materials for sports nutrition

Print and digital

You can access the manuals digitally in our app, but we’ll also send you printed manuals in the post so you’ll have both options.

Expert lecture videos presented by our registered nutritionist
Nutrition lecture videos

On-demand lectures

Join our Registered Nutritionist, Dr Emilia, as she presents all the evidence-based nutrition information you need to know.

Learning support without limits
Learning support tutor

We'll take the strain

Our team of expert Learner Support Tutors will be on hand throughout your studies to support your learning needs.

Interactive online assessment workbooks
Assessments on the go

Uncomplicated assessment

Our interactive online assessment workbooks allow you to re-take your assessments as many times as you need to.

Flexible theory exams are available anytime, anyplace, anywhere
Online learner engagement system

Physical or virtual

Whether you want to take your final theory exam at one of our test centres, or online virtually, we've got you covered.

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

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