Ready To Master Nutrition From A Credible Source?

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 application of nutrition from a certified and evidence-based source, The BTN Foundation Academy is for you.

Over the course of ten modules, you’ll learn the fundamental science of nutrition and how to apply it in the real world, looking at the principals of weight management, calories, macronutrients, micronutrients, dietary tracking methods, sleep science, fibre, hydration, food labels, supplements for health and performance, habit and behaviour change, goal setting, and adherence techniques. This is all delivered via informative, engaging and uniquely animated videos with tutor instruction from Ben Coomber, alongside a 380 page fully referenced course manual. Our Head of Education Tom Bainbridge and the community will then help you every step of the way and make the assessments a breeze.

Even if you have no prior knowledge, you’ll have all the topics mastered in 30-40 hours. With our blended approach to learning and 24/7 support, mastering nutrition can be easy, all from a course certified by the AfN and CIMSPA.

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The Benefits of The BTN Foundation Academy And Studying The Fundamentals of Nutrition:

  • Know how to use nutrition to maximise your health, wellbeing, and body composition
  • Be able to advise people on better food choices to manage their bodyweight, performance and health
  • Study from home at your own pace, but with full support from our tutors
  • Obtain a AfN and CIMSPA certified course in nutrition
  • Get lifelong access to the course, the community, and all future updates
  • Worth 10 CIMSPA CPD points

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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.


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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