Who is Our Nutrition Foundation Course For?
Nutrition can be confusing, frustrating, and generally difficult to navigate – but it doesn’t have to be. If you want to master the science and practical knowhow of nutrition from an impartial and evidence-based source, this foundation nutrition course is for you.
Our course is available to anyone in the world with an internet connection. The AfN certified BTN Foundation Academy is perfect for individuals wanting to know more about how they can use nutrition to improve their lives or that of others. Over the ten modules, you’ll learn the fundamental science of nutrition and how to apply it in the real world. Beautifully animated videos alongside a course manual and supportive tutors will help you understand the deep theory. Most importantly, they’ll help you learn what to implement and why.
Even if you have no prior knowledge, you’ll have all of the topics mastered in no time thanks to the engaging videos, comprehensive textbook and full tutor support. We’ll leave you in complete control of the effect your food has on your body.
Features and benefits
- Know how to use nutrition to maximise your health, wellbeing, and body composition
- Be able to help your friends and family make better food choices (and stick to it!)
- Study from home at your own pace, but with full support from our team
- Learn from the ground up with engaging, animated modules
- Get clarity – never feel confused about nutrition again
- Join the BTN Community, a group of people committed to changing lives
- Worth 10 CIMSPA CPD points
Get started today and take the confusion out of nutrition with our AfN accredited online course.
Use code 'LearnNutrition2020' to get £150 off at checkout
Due to Covid-19-related delays with our print on demand books, Foundation Books are taking roughly 3-4 weeks to arrive after you purchase. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes and ask students to use the digital version (provided when you sign up to either digital or hardcopy versions of the course) in the meantime.
FAQsHow long will it take?
Each module will take 3-4 hours of learning and there are 10 modules. So 30-40 hours.
This course can be done as a stand-alone course for personal interest, as additional CPD to a level 2 or 3 personal training qualification to upskill in nutrition, or as a feeder course to the BTN Practical Academy.
This is an AfN accredited CPD course perfect for self-guided learning or CPD on existing qualifications, but this is not on a qualification framework, but our Practical Academy is an Active IQ qualification in nutrition coaching.
The BTN Foundation Academy goes far beyond 'the basics' and so while we understand that it's tempting to skip past it entirely if you've been interested in nutrition for a while, we would encourage you to take this decision seriously as you don’t want knowledge gaps as you develop. The Foundation Academy covers fundamental topics such as hydration, sleep, supplements, goal setting, understanding food labels, and macro and micronutrients in far more detail than the Practical Academy, and so if you have never studied these topics before then you stand to leave knowledge gaps if you don't consider doing the Foundation Academy first. As such it's recommended you look over the Foundation Academy syllabus in detail when deciding. If, however, you have studied nutrition before and feel confident with the topics taught on the Foundation Academy then you can enrol directly into the practical Academy. If you’re still unsure, read this comprehensive blog on the topic “Should I do the Foundation Academy first?”
If you’re looking to master the fundamentals of nutrition, then this course is for you. We have fitness enthusiast looking to learn more, parents looking to understand food and nutrition, sports players wanting to master their understanding, coaches looking to add to their skills and more do this course. So, if you’re looking to understand what we should eat and how it affects our body, positive lifestyle choices, and the science behind it all, then this self-directed online nutrition course is perfect for you.
Each module is followed by a multiple choice quiz, and upon passing this you will be able to access the next part of the course. At the end of the course is your final assessment, a longer multiple choice quiz that covers content from all of the 10 modules you have studied.
Ben Coomber (BSc, CISSN) delivers the 10 modular video presentations which are blended with animated segments making up the core content of the Foundation Academy alongside the course textbook, written by Ben Coomber and Tom Bainbridge (CISSN). Ben and Tom also support you in our learner’s support community answering your questions about the course content as you learn, and support you in the exam and certification process.
Yes the course is completely self-paced.
Yes, we have worked with students in every continent barring Antarctica because we are a 100% online education company, so study anywhere in the world with us.
Of course, here is the official PDF showing our AfN accreditation for the BTN Foundation Academy.
Click here to view a PDF of everything we teach on the BTN Foundation Academy, our modules in detail.
You can start the BTN Foundation Academy 365 days a year, so when you’re ready to start, sign up.
This is a really common sentiment, but it's extremely understandable for two reasons.
- Biology is hard
- Biology is often taught in a way that isn't very engaging
We can't promise that the more in depth anatomy and physiology on our course is easy, but we can promise that we make it as engaging as possible, deliver it in multiple different styles, limit it to only what you NEED to know, and are continually on hand to help and support your understanding. Our course is a million miles away from "read this in a book then recite it in an exam or you fail" so don't worry if you don't consider yourself to be scientifically minded.
The barrier is almost always in the teaching, not in the student, and we make it our mission to support you however you need us to.
ModulesModule 1: Fundamental principles of weight management
Here we introduce the overriding principles of health and the way in which nutrition is relevant to them. We discuss why weight management is so imperative for being in optimal health and then explain what is, and what is not, important for achieving this.
The largest module on this course discusses the macronutrients: Protein, carbohydrate and fat. We fully describe their digestive fate from your mouth to your cells, and then explain the impact that eating the macronutrients in all of their diverse forms can have on your health and body composition. We round off this module with a simple method of estimating your needs or those around you.
Arguably just as, if not more important at times, than the macronutrients are the micronutrients – vitamins and minerals. You know you need certain amounts already, and in this call, we explain how those amounts were decided upon, what they are, and what happens if you don’t get enough.
This module comes in two parts and discusses the final two parts of a healthy diet starting with hydration. How much water do you need, why, where does it go and what does it do in your body that is so important? More interestingly, what role do salts have in all of this and how does your body make sure there is always enough?
Next up is fibre. We talk you through all of the different forms of fibre and where they are found in your food before explaining exactly what it is that fibre does that is so important. Everyone says fibre is a good thing; and it can’t just be about bowel movements, right?
It’s not enough to know what you should eat in order to reach a certain goal, you also need to know how to do that. This module walks you through UK food labels, what everything means and how you can assess the suitability of a food to your overall plan.
We then go into the ways that you can portion food up on a plate to make sure you get all you need. Nutrition isn’t just macronutrients and calories, it’s buying, serving up and eating food; and you need to know both sides.
“Watching what you eat” is a phrase that has been around a long time, but watching what you eat day to day is only half of the equation. In this module, we show you different methods of recording different levels of data about your food intake and the results you get from this. We then show you how to translate the data you’ve collected into real world decisions.
Sleep: It makes up over 30% of your life, and the compulsion to sleep is one of the strongest natural urges we have after breathing – but why do we do it? What purpose does it serve, how does your brain ‘make you’ sleep, what is sleep anyway? And just as importantly, what does that have to do with nutrition?
Module 8 sees us divert our attention to supplements. We talk over nutritional supplements and ergogenic aids; what they are, what works, how it works and if/why/how you should use it. In short, this call looks to describe and explain the overarching mechanism behind some of the most popular supplements on the market, before providing you with a process for determining whether or not you should invest in anything at all.
Habits aren’t just small behaviours like chewing your fingernails or cracking your knuckles, they are chunks of often complex actions grouped into one big process, and they make up an enormous amount of your life. In this module, we explain what a habit is and how it forms in the brain before showing you exactly how these can make or break your nutritional approach. Finally, we give practical steps, not just to break habits, but to change them for the better.
The final module on the BTN Academy covers goal setting. Now you know about nutrition you must be armed with the weapons for using it, and a tangible goal is one of the biggest guns available. Goals aren’t just arbitrary ‘nice to haves’ you pin to the fridge, they represent targets towards which your brain is evolved to point. Once you contemplate, define and set a highly specific goal, all you need to do is paint-by-numbers, and this module teaches you how to do just that while avoiding the pitfalls made by many unsuccessful gym goers and dieters.
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What trusted industry figures recommend us?
We get asked by a number of our Personal Training graduates where they can further their education in the field of nutrition. Through extensive research in the area, we have chosen to recommend BTN Academy. This is because we believe that the level and depth of their syllabus is comprehensive and also practical for nutritional coaches. The syllabus is taught by industry professionals and well-educated lecturers in their field and also you are gaining an accredited qualification.
I recommend the BTN Academy to any personal trainer who wants to improve their knowledge and practical skills when it comes to nutrition coaching. Unlike a lot of other nutrition courses, BTN goes beyond nutrition and into what really gets results for clients; behaviour change. Then, they really set themselves apart by teaching you how to build an ethical and profitable nutrition coaching program for your business.
Something that struck me upon meeting and interacting with Ben Coomber several years ago, was his integrity. As one of my own education companies core values I viewed this with huge respect as my 30yrs of industry experience has taught me this is a rare quality. Investing in education can be scary for many, so choose wisely. We recommend anyone interested in nutrition education to BTN because of their integrity, teaching quality, and standards.
I send so many of my business mentees to the BTN academy. I know they'll be looked after and educated on not only the aspects of nutrition, but on how best to implement it with their own clients. The modules on how to use an evidence backed approach and navigate through the amount of online nutritional misconceptions is invaluable to anybody who wants to expand their own knowledge on nutrition. I highly recommend it for any personal trainers looking to better serve their clients or any individual looking to expand on their own nutritional knowledge
Norfolk Health and Fitness
Norfolk Health and Fitness owner and managing director, highly recommends the BTN Academy due to the tutor knowledge and support they provide to their learners. Knowing their courses are accredited by highly respected awarding bodies. I have referred any of our learners to the BTN Academy who wish to taking their knowledge in nutrition to the next level.