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Nutrition for Weight Management and Athletic Performance

Nutrition for Weight Management and Athletic Performance

Understand how the food we eat and supplements we take impact the body, to offer specific nutritional advice for weight management and athletic performance.

Offer targeted nutritional advice

With constant fads and trends, nutritional advice can be a minefield. Through this course you’ll use a scientific approach to understanding how the food we eat, and supplements we take, impact the body. You’ll then be able to harness this knowledge to offer specific nutritional advice for weight management and athletic performance.

The qualification can be completed with no prior anatomical, physiological, or nutritional background. Starting right from the beginning, you’ll learn the foundations of the human system as it relates to nutrition. You’ll then study how to gather the right data to analyse where your client is now with their diet and eating habits. Once you have identified their current nutritional status, you’ll be able to map that against their weight management and athletic performance goals.

In detail

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to offer nutritional advice to your clients. By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Obtain client data to perform a nutritional analysis of their client’s current eating regime.
  • Analyse collated data and summarise to a client their current nutritional status and areas where support can be applied.
  • Develop nutritional strategies for achieving specific weight management and/or athletic performance goals.
  • Design appropriate eating plans for clients who are apparently healthy, taking into account a myriad of possible considerations.

Progression Routes

Students who have completed this qualification go on to study higher level nutrition qualifications or related health and Fitness courses such as Personal Training or Health & Wellbeing Coaching

Recognised by

This nutrition qualification is regulated by OFQUAL and accredited by Focus Awards.


What are the entry requirements for this course?

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification. It is recommended that learners have subject knowledge at least at level 2 (GCSE level) however this is not essential. You should have a passion for what you eat and how it affects your physical and mental wellbeing

How old do I need to be to take this course?

Young and old will all benefit from this course, but all students should be a minimum of 16 years old to undertake this qualification.

How will I be assessed?

The main pieces of evidence for the portfolio could include:

  • Assessor observation – completed observational checklists on related action plans  
  • Coursework – worksheets, assignments, projects or reports
  • Record of oral and written questioning  
  • Learner and peer reports
  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

The evidence used in assessment portfolios will preferably be drawn from actual situations, but may be based on simulated situations where appropriate and where permitted by the relevant Sector Skills Council or Sector Skills Body.

How long with the course take?

Starting September 2021, we will offer this training course in a number of format to suit your needs. As well as scheduled training sessions, you will need to complete independent study.

The overall guided learning hours (GLH) estimate for this training course is 82 hours. It may take you more or less time to complete.

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Who is this course recognised by?

Our Nutrition for Weight Management and Athletic Performance Certificate is fully accredited by Focus Awards, and is a Nationally recognised qualification within the OFQUAL framework.

Our Certificate in Nutrition for Weight Management and Athletic Performance consists of 6 modules that each focus on a specific area of nutrition, fitness and wellbeing, and how to tailor that to a personalised program.

Unit Title Unit Ref Level GLH Credit
Systems of the human body D/618/0536 4 16 6
Human metabolism, the energy balance, and the currency of calories H/618/0537 4 10 4
Applied nutrition for health K/618/0538 4 12 5
Fuelling for athletic performance M/618/0539 4 12 5
Common diets, food labelling, and the effects of marketing H/618/0540 4 12 5
Understanding supplemental aids and strategising nutritional goals for clients K/618/0541 4 20 8