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

Using the practical information in this nutrition course, inspire clients towards a long term healthier diet & lifestyle using advice and practical skills from meal planning to coaching, allowing them to achieve their health goals

Starting dates

Online

January 2019

London

September 2019

About the course

This Ofqual regulated UK level 4 award is ideal for individuals who wish to gain an academically certified, industry recognised nutrition course qualification and a practical knowledge of diet and nutrition. 

It is designed for those wishing to coach and inspire individuals and groups towards long term diet & lifestyle changes for improved health. You will gain both a highly effective combination of scientific knowledge and practical skills in diet & nutrition, meal planning and recipe production, as well as communication and coaching skills in order to help your clients achieve their health goals. This nutrition course is also ideal if you want to improve your knowledge in order to benefit your own health and that of your family.

You will examine food from farm to fork and discuss exactly how it is grown, processed and thus nutritionally depleted and the effect this can have on different systems and the body as a whole. You will also discover the beneficial impact of different nutrients and foods and be instructed step by step how to analyse nutritional needs. The course will give you the knowledge and skills to develop meal and lifestyle plans to help promote optimum health and to work long term with your clients in different scenarios to embed changes.

“The NLC qualification from IHS has helped me so much. It has given me the confidence and tools to set up my own online business. I really did not envision myself setting up my own busy and successful business within a couple of months of graduating from IHS! I have given up my teaching job and am now devoting all of my time and energy to my new business. It is hard work and takes dedication but because I enjoy it so much, it doesn’t feel like work. As the saying goes, “Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life”. Karen O’Connor, Graduate

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

  • Constantly updated material
  • Comprehensive and well structured study material supplied
  • 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, Personal Tutors and Unit Leaders. Lecturers for the Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching include leading Nutritional Therapists, certified health and wellness coaches and health promotion experts
  • 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. Students are assigned a personal tutor, who will be a practicing Nutritional Therapist with a wealth of clinical experience and knowledge to share. We ensure that all students have access to both staff and peer support whilst studying with IHS
  • Flexible study options. 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
  • Register with a professional body and insure yourself to practice. Graduates can join the UK Health Coaches Association or Complementary Medical Association (CMA). Insurance is also available directly via Balens for a number of European countries
  • Start seeing clients and earning immediately upon graduation.  All consultation paperwork and client fact sheets are provided to graduates to help them get started in business straight away

With 410 guided learning hours, including 6 optional lecture weekends in London, 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.

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.

What will I study?

Sample units include:

  • Reflective Practice for Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaches
  • Health and Dietary Trends in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching
  • The Human Body, Nutrition and Health
  • Professional Communication Skills
  • Macronutrients in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching
  • Weight Management in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching
  • Micronutrients and Phytonutrients in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching
  • Toxins and Health
  • The Role of Food Groups in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching
  • Optimising Nutrition in Practice
  • Food Production and Health
  • Supporting the Body through Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching
  • Nutrition for Population Groups
  • Coaching Skills for Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching
  • Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching in Practice
  • Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching for Individual Clients (Optional)

Please contact us for further unit details or a lecture plan.

How is this course structured?

This course can be completed in-class, online or a mixture of the two (blended learning).

In-class.

Starting in September and with 6 lecture weekends in London, this is the most popular way of completing the Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching.

Please note that in class places are strictly limited.

Online.

With 3 available starting slots – September, January and May – studying online gives the flexibility to study wherever you are.

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 Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). 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 nutrition 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 nutrition course is 4 GCSEs grades A to C. Equivalent international qualifications will also be accepted.

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.

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

Course fees

In class

£2795

Online

£2795

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