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Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate

Help Athletes and Sports People to improve their nutrition in an effective way to improve their sporting performance and overall fitness


  • Work with clients to enhance their sports performance through improve nutrition and health.
  • Understand sports nutrition.
  • Brand out and offer support to your clients on their nutrition.
  • Provide realistic support on improved sporting nutrition.
  • The Certificate In Nutrition (Sports Specialism) comprises four Core Modules plus two Elective Modules enabling students to specialise in their area of interest.




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Learn about sports nutrition and help athletes to be the best they can be by ensuring good overall nutrition and health


  • A detailed insight into good overall nutrition and sports nutrition.

  • Improve your knowledge of sports nutrition to help the sports people you work with.

  • Focus on sports nutrition with this 600 hour certificate qualification. It takes you through general nutrition, then focuses on sports nutrition.


Course Duration: 600 hours.

There are four Core Modules made up of Sports Nutrition, Nutrition I, II and III.  Students then choose to study a further two Elective Modules from Therapeutic Nutrition, Nutrition for Weight Loss, Weight Loss Consultant or Children's Nutrition.

Start Date: Start at any time - study at a pace that suits you, and with full tutor support for the duration of your studies.

These modules provide foundation knowledge for the QUALIFICATION - CERTIFICATE IN NUTRITION (SPORTS SPECIALISM).

Human Nutrition I BRE102
This 9 lesson module provides a broad introduction to the important elements of nutrition and how it affects human health.  Students will learn about the digestive system and how it works.  The module looks at the different food groups and the relevance of the different nutritional elements – fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water.  Students will understand the basic daily intake requirements for a human and be able to determine specific dietary requirements for individuals.  The module concludes with a lesson on disorders related to food and diet.

Human Nutrition II BRE202
Human Nutrition II builds and extends upon the lessons from Human Nutrition I.  In this 8 lesson module, we look further at the dietary intake of individuals and consider how different elements affect the body and physical health, our mental, and emotional health (state of mind).  The module also looks at how food is prepared and the effect this has on its properties and concludes with a lesson concerning when and what we eat.  Students learned in Human Nutrition I how to determine dietary requirements and with this module will also gain a further depth of knowledge which also covers areas such as the different dietary needs for people of different ages, planning diets for different specific purposes, and producing 7 day diet plans.

Human Nutrition III BRE302
This 8 lesson module is concerned with health issues arising from diet.  It looks at foods which can have a negative effect on certain people and diseases that occur as a result of an individual’s diet. Students will consider which foods are harmful to some, whilst offering nutritional benefits to others.  They will also consider properties of different foods – some which may act as a stimulant, for example, and others which may have a positive medicinal effect.  As well as looking at toxicity, the module also contains a lesson on detoxification and cleansing.  Human Nutrition III is then completed with a lesson on consulting and giving advice to others.

Sports Nutrition BRE303
Through 9 lessons, the Sports Nutrition module looks at diet and nutrition for athletes.  Different levels of energy are required at different times and an athletes diet will need to vary to match their physical requirements, whether they be training or in competition.  The module considers how energy is utilised in the human body and the athletes needs for proteins, fats, carbohydrates, other nutrients, and fluids.  Students will learn about the composition of an athletes body, along with weight management, and the use of dietary supplements.

In addition to the Core Modules, students study any 2 of the following 4 modules.

Nutrition For Weight Loss BRE210
This 9 lesson module focuses on the impact of diet upon weight and looks at different ways of controlling and reducing weight.  The module considers the basics of nutrition and the recommended daily intake of different food types and nutrients.  It looks at different approaches to diet, from popular approaches and fads, as well as the use of commercially available products and supplements.  There are a variety of routes to desired outcomes which include changing eating behaviour and restricting calorific intake and these are all considered in this module.  Often, problems with weight are not directly the result of poor diet, and the module looks at medical conditions and eating disorders which have a bearing on this.  The module is completed with the student undertaking a special project where they present outcomes or recommendations to a dietary problem.

Nutritional Therapy BRE211
Nutritional Therapy is a 9 lesson module concerned with the approach of using nutrients to maintain or restore optimal nutrition and health for an individual.  The module looks specifically at allergies and food intolerance, diabetes, heart disease, cancers, and other conditions and disorders.  The module is concluded with a lesson looking at the planning of diets for someone with a medical condition.

Children’s Nutrition BRE304
Children’s dietary needs are different to those of adults, and continue to change throughout their growth and development.  The 10 lesson course looks at the elements which contribute to a child’s healthy development.  Nutrition starts before birth and the course therefore spans the period from pregnancy through to infants, childhood, and puberty.  As well as looking at the appropriate foods for each developmental stage, it also considers the promotion of good eating habits, and the impact of fast foods and snacks on a diet.  The module includes a lesson looking at the preparation of diet plans, and also includes a problem based learning project which aims to provide some practical experience in the area of providing guidelines for diet.

Weight Loss Consultant BRE307
Through 8 lessons, students of the Weight Loss Consultant module will learn about the weight loss industry, studying the scope and nature of weight loss.  The module contains lessons which look at managing a diet, through elements such as portion control as well as food types (calories, fats etc.).  It also considers the psychological aspects and looks at what tools a consultant has at their disposal to evaluate weight and health, and provide nutritional advice.  Particular aspects of the module focus on how a weight loss service may be provided and how a consultation may be conducted.  The module is concluded with a lesson which looks at how a weight loss business might be established and the various aspects which need to be considered.

Note that each module in the QUALIFICATION - CERTIFICATE IN NUTRITION (SPORTS SPECIALISM) is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

You can start the course at any time.

It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.  Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

The CERTIFICATE IN NUTRITION (SPORTS SPECIALISM) requires around 600 hours of study. This is made up of six 100 hour modules.

To pass the course –

  1. Pass all assignments on the six 100 hour modules. There will be an assignment at the end of each lesson to submit to your tutor for marking and feedback.
  2. Pass six examinations – one on each module. These are usually taken at the end of the module and can be arranged at a time and location to suit you.

Learn more about diet and nutrition for athletes with this extensive course. It will provide you with a broad understanding and depth of knowledge that will contribute to both physical and mental well-being of sports people and athletes.
Suitable for people wanting to work in sports nutrition, coaching, the health and leisure industries and more.  The course has a variety of applications and can also be used to enhance the skills and knowledge you already have, including personal trainers, performance nutritionists, life and health coaching, sales representatives.

Promotion? Improve your knowledge on nutrition and health within sport and use it to your advantage and advance your career.
What could this course lead to?
Work in sports nutrition, coaching, health and fitness, consultancy practice, become a manager, or start your own consultancy business.
You want
to be a nutritional consultant for ahtletes and sports.  If you have passion and enthusiasm to help sports people be the best they can be, then this is the course for you.

So, why delay?  Enrol today and get started on your future!




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