Intakes: 365 days a year Cost: £350-395 Timescale: 2-4 hours per module

Course benefits


Learn nutrition from the ground up, both in theory and in a real-world environment

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Learn on desktop, mobile or tablet with our interactive and dynamic learning platform and app

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Be supported every step of the way with a thriving learning environment and community


With any of our courses you get lifetime access, so if we do update anything, you'll have access, for life


Get better results with yourself and your clients as we believe what we teach are true life skills

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Study with us from anywhere in the world, our courses are delivered 100% online

What is The BTN Foundation Academy?

An animated 10 module AfN and REPS certified online nutrition course designed to give you a complete grounding in the fundamental principles of nutrition whether for your own learning, career progression or as a starting point before entering The BTN Practical Academy​.

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Our promise to you

  • Learn nutrition from credible scientific sources
  • Learn directly from tutors Ben Coomber and Tom Bainbridge
  • Learn in a practical and engaging way so you ‘get it’
  • Learn the foundations of health in an ethical, person focused way
  • Learn how to get better results with yourself and clients
  • Get clarity around nutrition from a credible education company
  • Course certified by the AfN, a big industry stamp of approval
  • 7 REPS CPD points

The Foundation Academy manual

Our Foundation Academy course textbook (which you receive as part of the course) is packed full to the brim with the science and theory of nutrition, wrapped up and summarised into practical take home points.

With over 469 scientific references in this book, it is one of the most densely compiled nutrition books in the world and this will accompany you on your nutrition education journey with us.

Available in hardback, and digital format for international students.

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Join our community

One of our frustrations when we were learning nutrition many years ago was that most courses available were a theory heavy textbook and a multiple-choice exam, this isn’t how we do things at BTN. You need to be supported every step of the way and we’ll do exactly that with specialist support groups through every step of your journey with you ending up in our BTN Community once you’ve passed the course. Join a likeminded group of people all into nutrition, health and fitness and together we’ll have a greater impact on changing the lives of many more people.


What can you do with the course?

With any course you consider you’ll likely be thinking “What do I learn on the course and what can I do with the course afterwards”. Great question.

The BTN Foundation Academy is designed for two purposes. First it is here for your own learning and to geek out on all things nutrition and lifestyle change. This course gives you credible, scientifically driven information on nutrition that you can use for yourself, and a base upon which you can build on if you wish to advise others. By completing our course you can have confidence that all information has been certified by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) and REPS as being reputable and evidence based.

This brings us to the second purpose of the course: to equip you with the base level knowledge to then take the BTN Practical Academy. This is a year long, broad and in-depth course on all things nutrition, and once you complete it, you will have the ability to be insured against your advice to coach others.

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Level 4 certified course

Complete our 10 modules, digest the extra applied coaching videos from Ben & Tom, read the book alongside each topic, pass all the exams by more than 75% and you’ll receive the BTN Foundation Academy Certificate. This carries 10 CPD points and 7 REPS points, as well as an AfN stamp to let you know the course has been certified by an external body as being reputable.


We've been externally verified


This is a very thorough course that will give learners a solid foundation of nutritional basics, and how to apply these in different settings.

- Association for Nutrition Assessor

The BTN Foundation Academy has been certified as level 4 on the Fitness and Leisure framework.

  • Approved on 1/3/18
  • First Renewal due 1/3/19
  • Second Renewal due 1/3/20

The Association for Nutrition (AfN) protects and benefits the public by defining and advancing standards of evidence-based practice across the field of nutrition and at all levels within the workforce. AfN Course Certification is a quality mark awarded to courses that meet the competence requirements for their specified sector and level. This quality assurance mark enables students, employers and the public to identify reputable, evidence-based courses in nutrition science.

Course tutors


Ben Coomber (BSc, CISSN)

Course tutor


Tom Bainbridge (CISSN)

Student mentor

Course pricing

There are two options when enrolling on The BTN Foundation Academy, digital only format and hard copy format. Both options give you access to our bespoke mobile education app which contains our textbook in module by module digital format alongside the animated course modules and access to our student support community. Pay £395 and get our textbook in hardcopy format as well.

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Student testimonials

Don't just take our word for it, here is what your students say...


Really enjoyed the course. I felt like each week once I have read the content I'm literally counting down the days until the next week’s content is released. The additional reading each week is great and really beneficial for me. I have already recommended this course to my friends and fellow personal trainers as I cannot stop speaking about it with good things to say! As someone who follows BTN on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube etc. I feel this course is even more than what I expected with the wealth and volume of knowledge, I cannot speak highly enough of it. I also love how interactive the group is, so important for discussing each topic and expanding the conversation around it.

David Coughlan Foundation Graduate


I’m really enjoy the module videos – you have a great clear communication style when you are going through the video slides which is awesome, so easy to learn. Love the lesson notes – great information without information overload for the foundation students. Love the fact you supply additional reading with each topic – it is so great that you do not hold back information and supply endless amounts for us. The structure and reading required is manageable on a week-to-week basis. Charlotte is absolutely great and always so helpful and prompt with getting back to me/us (as I imagine she is with the rest of the group also). Highly recommended.

Gemma Donaldson Foundation Graduate

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Really enjoying the course. Content so far is spot on. Initially I thought it wouldn't be as detailed as it was, with it being foundation, but it's fantastic nonetheless.  Looking forward to making a start on the practical academy after!

Chris Harrison Foundation Graduate

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Studying nutrition on the BTN Academy is easily the best thing I've done since becoming a personal trainer. Can't recommend it highly enough.

Ellis Bailey Foundation Graduate