CI Level 4 Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching (VRQ)

We are pleased to announce that the Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching has been successfully approved by Ofqual as a UK level 4, European Qualifications Framework (EQF) Level 5 regulated qualification.

Nutrition and Lifestyle coaches advise clients in healthy eating and lifestyle programmes to improve their health and wellbeing. The goal is to offer strategies for personal change and work towards a sustainable healthier future using dietary analysis software, body composition analysis and health coaching. A nutrition and lifestyle coach will focus on putting together a healthy eating programme that will ensure their client is eating for optimal health and to minimise the impact of genetic and environmental influences e.g. stress, pollution and lifestyle. A nutrition and lifestyle coach takes into account the food preferences, cooking skills, available time and exercise preferences of the client and educates & motivates them towards personal change that will benefit their quality of life for the future. This positive influence often extends further than the individual as they go on to instil healthy habits in their family and friends. A career in this field is particularly rewarding as you can make life-changing differences to clients and their families.

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About the Course


This internationally recognised, Ofqual regulated UK level 4, European Qualifications Framework (EQF) level 5, CMA and FNTP registered 1 academic year qualification is ideal for individuals who wish to gain an academically certified, industry recognised qualification and practical knowledge of diet and nutrition. It is designed for those wishing to coach and inspire individuals and groups towards long term diet and lifestyle changes for improved health and wellbeing. Students gain a highly effective combination of scientific knowledge and essential practical skills in diet and nutrition, meal planning and recipe production, and communication and coaching skills in order to help different parties in achieving their health goals. The course is also ideal for those wanting to improve their knowledge of diet and nutrition in order to benefit their own health and that of their families.

“This course is very detailed with a very good mixture of learning resources including video, audio, quizzes, group work with fellow students, practical sessions and using Nutritics with assignments which I enjoyed. Some topics really made me think about what is in the food we buy and the nutrients or potential toxins contained in some food. The course helped me to improve my own diet and lifestyle. The coaching aspect of the course was very interesting and will help me in a better way to assist clients to take responsibility to improve their health with knowledge and guidance. I thought overall tutor support was excellent. I feel confident after this year that I can now apply myself as a Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach to enhance the health of my clients. Big thanks to the IHS Team to have such dedication to students providing a very high standard and wonderful course. Looking forward to the next level. Thank you.” Britta Stewart Dolan, Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching Graduate, 2016

Why Choose the CI Level 4 Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching (VRQ)?

- Constantly updated material. All units have a unit leader responsible for them. The role of the unit leader is to continually update the material delivered in lectures, student notes and online, set and mark assignments and to answer student queries on the unit forums. This keeps IHS material up to date using evidence based research and the very latest theories in healthcare.

- Comprehensive and well structured study material supplied. Including presentation slides, case studies, video clips, quizzes, short answer questions and opportunities to reflect on your knowledge – all designed to make the learning experience as interactive as possible

- Dynamic and interactive lecture weekends (in-class students only). Designed to suit all learning types and engage students in the learning process. Lecture weekends include a mixture of formal lectures, group discussion, group exercises, role play and case studies

- Expert lecturers. Lecturers for the Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching include leading Nutritional Therapists, certified health and wellness coaches and health promotion experts, giving our students access to a wealth of knowledge and experience from their first day of study.

- Health and Wellness coaching underpins the Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching. Students are trained in the most effective ways of improving patient compliance; ensuring clients take responsibility for their own health, establishing how ready they are to change and then helping them overcome barriers to change

- The IHS commitment to pastoral care and student support. All Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching students are assigned a personal tutor, all of whom are practicing Nutritional Therapists with a wealth of clinical experience and knowledge to share. Most also hold a degree in a related subject. IHS also has a dedicated student support officer employed to help struggling students or those with specific learning difficulties. We ensure that all students have access to both staff and peer support whilst studying with IHS

- Flexible study options. Students can study in-class, solely online or a combination of the two (blended learning)

- Learn practical and saleable skills as well as the latest nutrition theories. Using the latest dietary analysis software – Nutritics – students learn to assess clients’ diets quickly and professionally. Body composition analysis includes in-depth training covering key body measurements and their links to health and disease. These all add potential income streams to you as a practitioner.

- Register with a professional body and insure yourself to practice. Graduates can join the Complementary Medical Association (CMA) or Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners (FNTP), giving them all the support they would expect from a professional registering body and insurance to practice – including allowing them to give basic supplementation advice to their clients.

- Start seeing clients and earning immediately upon graduation.  All consultation paperwork, client fact sheets and 4 custom designed comprehensive nutrition and lifestyle coaching programmes provided to graduates to help them get started in business straight away

- Upgrade your knowledge and skills whilst beginning your career as a Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach. Graduates can transfer onto the Diploma in Coaching and Behavioural Change.

With 375 hours guided learning hours, including 5 lecture weekends (approximately 1 every 2 months – in-class students only), tutorials, home study and assignments, the Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching programme offers students practical training in key areas – specifically designed to ensure IHS graduates have a unique and diverse set of skills. This allows them to work successfully with a broad range of clients over a number of consultations. Our dietary analysis training is done using the very latest and most comprehensive dietary analysis software available, body composition analysis includes in-depth training covering key body measurements and their links to health and disease. Our health coaching skills are based on the dynamic and fast growing field of health and wellness coaching from the US, whereby students are trained in the most effective ways of improving client compliance, ensuring clients take responsibility for their own health, establishing how ready they are to change and then helping them overcome their barriers to change.

Students are organised into ‘buddy groups’ to allow them to practice key coaching and communication skills with their peers within a supportive environment.

All of the above are designed to produce confident and competent graduates ready for a successful career as a Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach.

“It is amazing how alert and energised I feel since beginning the program. I’ve had a number of appointments with Lynne over the past two months re: dietary plan with the hope of continuing to lose weight and maintain a healthier lifestyle. From the moment of our first consultation I found I was very relaxed talking to Lynne, she listened and together we set realistic goals that suited my life and schedule. I found picking a small number of goals to start and increasing them as the weeks passed less overwhelming and easier to follow through. Lynne e-mailed and texted to see how I was getting on as the weeks progressed. Also sending on some interesting recipes and the introduction of coconut oil which is a big hit with not just me but the rest of the family. My starting weight was 187lbs. within the two months it’s down to 174lbs.” Testimonial of Arlene, client of Lynne Dalton, IHS Graduate

What will I study?

Please contact us for a lecture plan.

This academically regulated and industry recognised practitioner diploma course consists of 16 units in total. The course covers an array of nutrition theory, alongside vital practical skills to ensure you have the skills to become a successful practitioner.

Unit 1 – Reflective Practice for Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaches

This unit considers the role of reflective and reflexive practice in the professional development of nutrition and lifestyle coaches. It also explores the importance of feedback.

Unit 2 – Health and Dietary Trends in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching

This unit explores the definition of health and wellbeing, focusing specifically on how contemporary diets and lifestyles impact overall health. It also considers the principles and practice of nutrition and lifestyle coaching and how this fits into the healthcare model.

Unit 3 – The Human Body, Nutrition and Health

This unit provides an introduction to the major organs and systems of the body and how they work, both independently and together, with a particular focus on maintaining homeostasis. It also begins to explore how nutrition can negatively impact health.

Unit 4 – Professional Communication Skills

This unit introduces the learner to professional communication skills in nutrition and lifestyle coaching. It explores the need for research based decision making and how to use referencing appropriately.

Unit 5 – Macronutrients in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching

This unit explores the dietary significance of macronutrients. It considers the role of macronutrients in meal planning and introduces techniques for analysing diet.

Unit 6 – Weight Management in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching

This unit will support the learner in considering weight management as part of nutrition and lifestyle coaching. It will consider how energy is produced and consumed in the human body. It will also explore the area of weight management in the context of energy consumption and body composition recommendations alongside individual physiology and lifestyle.

Unit 7 – Micronutrients and Phytonutrients in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching

This unit covers an initial exploration of micronutrients and phytonutrients. It also explores factors which could affect their absorption in the body and their contribution to a healthy diet.

Unit 8 – Toxins and Health

This unit introduces the learner to the sources and potential consequences of exposure to both food based and environmental toxins. It also introduces evidence based theories on how to manage toxicity in the human body.

Unit 9 – The Role of Food Groups in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching

This unit explores the classifications of different foods and the role of different food groups in a healthy diet. It encourages the learner to consider foods as a whole instead of their component parts; they will then apply this knowledge to nutritional planning.

Unit 10 – Optimising Nutrition in Practice

This unit explores how to maximise the nutrient content and health benefits of an eating plan by using specific foods, food preparation techniques and food related products.

Unit 11 – Food Production and Health

This unit explores how food is grown, produced, manufactured and labelled, as well as which bodies are responsible for overseeing the safety and traceability of food from farm to fork at European and national level.

Unit 12 – Supporting the Body through Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching

This unit explores the basics of how food, supplements and lifestyle can support the functioning of different systems of the human body and the body as a whole. It also introduces the learner to the role of specific nutrients and their requirement by every cell of the body to maintain homeostasis.

Unit 13 – Nutrition for Population Groups

This unit focuses on the unique nutritional needs of population groups whilst exploring how different dietary models may be used to enhance nutrition and health. It also considers how nutritional needs can be met irrespective of budget.

Unit 14 – Coaching Skills for Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching

This unit focuses on the coaching and communication skills the learner will need to develop in order to become a nutrition and lifestyle coach. It considers how effective coaching can support individuals in effecting long term dietary and lifestyle change.

Unit 15 – Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching in Practice

This unit allows the learner to explore how nutrition and lifestyle coaching can be used in different professional contexts.

Unit 16 – Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching for Individual Clients (Optional)

This unit covers the processes the learner will need to undertake in order to provide nutrition and lifestyle coaching sessions to individual clients wishing to improve health and wellbeing.

These units make the CI Level 4 Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching programme the most comprehensive and practical nutrition coaching qualification available.

How is this course structured?
Choose from any of the following options depending on your current lifestyle and study preferences:

- In-class (London). Starting in September and with 5 lecture weekends (approximately one every 2 months), this is the most popular way of completing the Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching.

- Online. With 3 available starting slots – October, January and June - studying online gives the flexibility to study wherever you are. You are assigned a Nutritional Therapist personal tutor to mentor you through the course as well as online forums and tutorials to give you the support you need to successfully graduate.

- Blended Learning. Those students studying online are provided with a timetable of in-class lectures at the commencement of their studies so they can decide if and when they would like to attend lectures, workshops, etc. This gives the flexibility of online learning with the benefits of attending lectures.

Approximately 10 – 15 hours of study per week are required. All students are enrolled onto the IHS learning management system. Here you will find all course material, forums, quizzes, assessments etc in one place to help you organise your study and study material as efficiently as possible. You will also upload all assessments here and can also use it to communicate directly with unit leaders, other members of staff and fellow students.

What if I need to put the course on hold?

Simply finish the unit you are on, take the time you need and then join a later cohort – just as long as you’re back within 2 years, this is no problem!

Add-on Module

Enhance your skills and knowledge with the IHS Certificate in Personalised Sports Nutrition

Entry Requirements

This certificate is a lifelong learning course and students are accepted on to this course through a combination of academic qualifications and relevant life experience.

Normal minimum entry requirements

The minimum academic entry requirement for this course is at least 1 A-level from grade A-C (or equivalent), preferably in a science subject plus for English speakers: GCSE in English language or equivalent or non-native English speakers: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (or can have completed another Higher Education or Further Education course in English)

Prior Learning and Prior Experiential Learning

Applicants with Prior Learning and Experiential Prior Learning will also be considered. All knowledge, skills and competencies accumulated through life and work experience will be considered.

Computer Skills Required

Basics computers skills including word processing, internet browsing and use of email.

All applicants will be interviewed to determine their suitability for the course.
Course Fees


£2795 (including £395 enrolment fee, not including Nutritics dietary analysis software – special discounted rate for IHS students)


£2795 / €3295 (including £395/€395 enrolment fee, not including Nutritics dietary analysis software – special discounted rate for IHS students)