Advanced Nutrition Essentials for Fitness & Leisure

Fire up your tastebuds and become a certified nutrition coach with the Virgin Active Academy. 

Course cost: £325*

Why study with us

*50% off for a limited time
  • Certified by the Association for Nutrition (AfN), equivalent to a Level 4 nutrition qualification
  • CIMSPA endorsed course worth 10 CIMSPA CPD points
  • Receive 1-2-1 support from your own Academy Nutrition Tutor
  • Study from anywhere with access to eLearning resources, including recipe videos and case studies

Career progression

  • Become a certified nutrition coach and work with your own clients
  • Already a PT? You'll be able to enhance your clients' training plans with nutritional advice
  • This course can act as a stepping stone into further study and a successful career in nutrition

Discover the perfect recipe for your career in nutrition 

Developing a healthy and sustainable diet starts with education. Our course will provide you with the knowledge that you need to coach individuals along their nutrition journeys.

Expect to boost your knowledge on nutritional science and develop skills that will allow you to interpret and relay nutrition information with confidence.

Study at your own pace with modules that cover everything from energy balance and macronutrients, to dietary assessments, reading food labels, skills for effective nutrition coaching, behaviour change, and much more.


Why take an online nutrition course?

This course has been developed with our nutrition philosophy at its heart:


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food first

We'll keep it simple and start with the basics. We help you translate complex scientific theory into practical application.


We'll provide evidence based knowledge that will help you and your clients make informed decisions.

lifelong changes

We'll guide you towards helping others make healthy choices easy and enjoyable.

Entry requirements

For this course, there’s no pre-requisite secret sauce to apply. If you’re interested in nutrition or have a background in fitness, leisure and health, you’re in!

How will the course be assessed?

At the end of each module and at the end of the course there will be multiple-choice question quizzes, where you will be required to answer 75% correctly to pass. You'll have three attempts to pass each one but we’ll give you as much time as you need and you’ll also be able to look back at your notes during the exam. Your very own nutrition tutor will also be on hand to help guide you through.

Upon successful completion of the course and assessments you will be awarded the AfN Certificate in Advanced Nutrition Essentials for Fitness & Leisure and 10 CIMSPA CPD points. 

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Course breakdown

Jump into the world of nutrition and enhance your understanding of making healthy choices with the Virgin Active Academy.

Give us a call or register your interest in the form and we'll be in touch with more details about enrolment on the course.

Cost: £650 - currently only £325 with 50% off

Recommended learning: Approximately 85 hours (study at your own pace).

Course breakdown

Unit 1 - Codes of Practice

  • Introduction
  • Scope of practice
  • Evidence based nutrition
  • Unit 2 - The Science of Nutrition

  • The fundamentals of health & nutrition
  • Energy balance & requirements
  • Energy systems & cells
  • Introduction to macronutrients & carbohydrates
  • Protein
  • Fat
  • Alcohol
  • Fibre
  • Fluid balance & Hydration
  • Micronutrients
  • Supplements
  • Sleep
  • Body re-composition
  • Body composition measurements & monitoring progress
  • Dietary assessment
  • Food labels & supermarket shopping
  • Eating out, on-the-go nutrition & cooking at home
  • Undernutrition & overnutrition & the health risks
  • Different populations & diets
  • Intermittent fasting & event day nutrition
  • Unit 3 - Nutrition coaching in practice

  • Behaviour change
  • Skills for effective nutrition coaching
  • Initial nutrition consultations
  • Goal setting & follow up sessions
  • Effective nutrition programming
  • Develop & deliver an effective nutrition coaching business
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    Extras Take your skill set further by combining some of our courses with your Nutrition training and save yourself hundreds of pounds.

    Level 4 Personal Trainer

  • Level 4 Strength and Conditioning
  • Level 4 Nutrition coach
  • Level 3 personal trainer
  • Level 2 gym instructor
  • Total cost for all four courses as a package: £3,150.

    PT Nutrition Coach

  • Level 4 Nutrition coach
  • Level 3 personal trainer
  • Level 2 gym instructor
  • Total cost for all three courses as a package: £2,300.

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