Level 4 Certificate in Nutrition for Weight Management and Athletic Performance

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Become a Sports Nutritionist

Developed by OriGym’s in-house nutrition experts, the Level 4 Advanced Sports Nutrition qualification will expand your existing knowledge of how diet and nutrition contribute to health and weight management, including how to write specialist nutrition plans to help clients reach specific exercise and sporting goals.

On completion of this 100% online advanced nutrition course, you will be in a position to begin advertising yourself as a qualified nutrition advisor offering dieting assistance and sports nutrition advice to personal training clientele, athletes or within special populations.

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Understanding the nutritional requirements of a healthy diet and the role it plays in fitness is essential knowledge for any personal trainer or exercise professional. With the modern diet changing rapidly, becoming more culturally diverse and taking ethical and environmental factors into account, it’s more important than ever to meet the specialist needs of a diverse populace. 

OriGym’s industry-leading Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Nutrition is a 100% online advanced nutrition course, allowing anyone to achieve a nutrition qualification through flexible at-home study. Using our e-learning platform and supported 7-days per week by an expert personal tutor, achieving this qualification will place you at a distinct advantage over other fitness professionals to pursue a career in nutrition.

Course Length: Students can begin learning straight away and as there are no practical assessments, students can complete the programme in as short or long a time as they wish.
Entry Requirements: There are no formal entry requirements, but students must be aged 16+ to enrol.
What You’ll Qualify With: Focus Awards Level 4 Certificate in Nutrition for Weight Management and Athletic Performance
Cost: £999 with no hidden fees for certifications or exams, and unlimited free examination re-sits.
Offer & Payment Options: Spread the cost with 0% interest on all study methods.

Learn more about pursuing a career as a sports nutritionist, how to find and work with clients and more with OriGym’s extensive range of resources: 

What You’ll learn

From gym-goers to exercise professionals to sedentary office workers, everyone will have a different array of dietary-requirements, whether by personal-choice or for health reasons. As such a wide spectrum of knowledge is critical for a successful career as a nutritionist. You’ll need to be prepared with knowledge of specialist diets, as well as being able to understand the legislation behind nutritional information. OriGym’s Level 4 Nutrition course has been created with these topics in mind, ensuring you receive the training needed to become a leading sports nutritionist.

Macros and Micros

  • Understand the sources, functions and uses of macro and micronutrients and to explain their physiological functions.
  • Components of energy consumption and expenditure
  • Energy, hydration and nutrient requirements at different life stages
  • The relationship between diet and disease

Understand Nutrition Legislation

  • Assess how food labels conform to legislative requirements
  • Outline the legal requirements in relation to health claims and nutrition claims

Understand the Relationship Between Nutrition and Physical Activity

  • Identify energy expenditure and nutrient use for different physical activities
  • Explain how to estimate energy requirements based on physical activity levels and other relevant factors
  • Develop a nutritional strategy for participants to improve performance
  • Evaluate the use of performance-enhancing products and sports drinks in nutritional planning for participants in sports and physical activity
  • How to advise participants in physical activities on nutritional strategies (and menus) to improve performance

Plus, Specialist Knowledge of:

  • Sport and exercise nutrition for athletes
  • Nutrition for the elderly and special populations
  • Meal Prep and planning
  • Obesity prevention in children
  • Nutrition for pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • Vegetarian and Vegan diets

How You’ll Be Assessed

To achieve your Level 4 Advanced Sports Nutrition Certificate, you will be required to complete various assessments via coursework and examination. This is all taken through OriGym’s online learning platform, “Student Zone”, and can be done at your own pace.

Online Learning Course Assessments

The following assessments must be completed to complete the Level 4 Advanced Sports Nutrition course:

  • Submitting a case study of work - Pass Required
  • Completing the online nutrition course assignments for both units - Pass Required
  • Online nutrition exam - 90% Pass Rate Required

You will receive maximum support and assistance from our experienced and friendly personal tutors to ensure your assessments are stress-free, give you the best chance of passing the first time, and are ultimately a great success.

Study Options

The OriGym Level 4 Advanced Sports Nutrition course is studied via online learning.

Students can begin studying the online course modules immediately after enrolment via OriGym’s “Student Zone” e-learning platform. Studying via videos, online lectures, interactive e-learning and more, you can study at a pace that suits you and fits flexibly around your existing commitments.

As online learning is self-paced, students can take as little or as long as they wish to complete the programme. Throughout this learning experience, you’ll have support and guidance 7-days a week from a dedicated nutrition tutor who is reachable by phone and email.

Careers & Progression

On completion of your Advanced Sports Nutrition programme, you’ll be fully prepared to begin providing nutrition advice and diet-planning services to a range of fitness clients, unlocking new avenues for employment, opportunities to enhance your earning potential or to set yourself up as a self-employed sports nutritionist. Whatever your pursuits post-course, OriGym will continue to provide help and support to help you achieve your maximum potential.

Careers Support

OriGym’s world-class careers team provide ongoing support on your path to achieving your career goals, even after your course has finished. Between helping out with mock interviews, providing CV reviews and offering careers advice, they’re dedicated to helping you succeed.

Likewise, if you feel the entrepreneurial itch and decide to follow the self-employed path, our team are also available to provide startup support, business advice and guidance on everything from software, to marketing, to accountancy and website development. 

Progression Routes

If you want to progress even further after completing your Level 4 Advanced Sports Nutrition award, you may wish to consider moving into the arena of personal training with our Level 3 Personal Training Diploma where your knowledge of advanced nutrition will be highly valuable to personal training clients. 

Alumni Benefits

OriGym alumni also benefit from a huge number of exclusive deals and discounts of gym-wear, supplements, equipment and software, all essential for fitness professionals. We’re continuously adding new benefits to our list, so make sure to check back regularly.

OriGym is proud to qualify over 9,000 fitness professionals each year, more than any other company. We also successfully place over 80% of students in job roles right after qualifying; that is the highest rate in the industry.

We are also ISO9001 certified and are one of only a handful of providers to hold this worldwide certificate of excellence.

We are official partners with the Ministry of Defence, we run courses for QMU University, and also run the Academy for Sports Direct & JD Gyms, and are proud partners of over 200 fitness brands worldwide.

We were nominated by the Active Training Awards, the biggest awards ceremony in the UK, for ‘most innovative training provider of the year’ and ‘training provider of the year’ for two years running.

If you are still not convinced, check out our reviews on Trustpilot, where we have hundreds of reviews from very satisfied customers.

OriGym believes courses and education should be obtainable for anyone who wants to start a career within the fitness sector. We own a vast majority of training venues through our sister company, thus massively reducing overheads which other companies cover with higher fees. We also do not apply unnecessary admin fees, certification charges or exam fees that many of our competitors apply.

Absolutely! We have centres that accommodate for the physically impaired, which are fully equipped with lifts, ramps and disabled toilets. We have had dozens of physically impaired individuals complete our course and go on to be very successful personal trainers within the industry.

Submit us an enquiry detailing your disability and we can assess your suitability to undergoing this form of training. 

OriGym does offer a few funding streams for students. 

We are proud partners of the MOD (Ministry of Defence) who provide funding for current and former military personnel for qualifications that are Level 3 and above.

OriGym is also partner with the PFA (Players Football Association), who help current and former professional footballers with funding towards their qualifications.

Additionally, we partner with the PCA (Professional Cricketers’ Association), who help current and former professional cricketers with funding towards their qualifications. 

Discounts for current and former rugby professionals through the RPA (Rugby Players Association) can also be obtained on enrolment.

Evidence of affiliation with these organisations is obtained prior to enrolment and is subject to check from each respective organisation.

In addition to guaranteeing interviews post course, OriGym offers free business consultations post course, CV analysis to get it looking just right, CV distribution in your local area, and interview preparation to give you the best chance of getting the role you want.

Additionally, we have lots of free business resources, videos and guides on our e-learning platform that all students can access after their course. 

OriGym is proud to have the largest student alumni system, meaning you get discounts on some of the world’s largest fitness brands, services and products for life; this means you never have to pay full retail price. With over 250 brands available to our graduates, you know you can’t go wrong.

OriGym students are provided access to a wide range of learning and support resources during their course and beyond. This includes access to a 7 days per week tutor and staff support, available by phone, chat box and email. Whether you have a query pertaining to a question you're stuck with, have an issue with your logins or just need some general motivation, we're here to help!

Students are also given access to OriGym’s multi-award nominated e-learning platform, where you’ll access online lectures, videos, exercise library, interactive learning modules, quizzes and assignments. For part-time and online learning students, this is how you will complete the majority of your qualifications. 

After you qualify you will also have access to our free business and marketing course, our hub of resources that you can use, and our post course support team, who can help you find work.

There are no qualification prerequisites for the Level 4 Advanced Sports Nutrition, however, students must be aged 16+ in order to enrol.

The Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Nutrition for Sport & Exercise covers all of the essential knowledge required for students to achieve excellence as a professional sports nutritionist, covering themes including macros and micros, nutrition legislation, the relationship between nutrition, exercise and health, meal prep and planning, obesity prevention and more.

Achieving your Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Nutrition for Sport & Exercise opens numerous career opportunities. With specialist knowledge of nutrition within the fitness arena, you’ll be equipped for a career working with anyone from professional athletes, through to gym-goers and with specialist populations such as children, the elderly or people with physical disabilities.

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Dafydd James

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In-Depth Course Content

Dafydd James was a Rugby player who played 48 times for Wales, scoring 15 tries and toured with the British & Irish Lions. He played for Sale Sharks, Harlequins and Cardiff Blues amongst other prestigious clubs, making over 300 club a during his professional career.

I want to advance myself, refresh existing knowledge and I'd like to develop a business utilising this Nutrition qualification that can help other people.

After researching online and looking at various courses, I was happy to choose a recognised qualification which is what OriGym offers. Additionally, it was important for me to see that there is a lot of positive feedback from reviews, as well as the course content looked thorough and in depth.

I chose this course as I'm looking to add another dimension and skillset to my business. If I can utilise the framework provided by OriGym, I will be able to develop business opportunities and educate anyone from the general public to professional athletes. Not only this, but I'm looking to personally develop and create a successful business using support from OriGym.

Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee

Olympic Track Cyclist

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Jessica is a track sprint cyclist specialising in the keirin and has represented her country at the Asian Games and recent 2020 Olympics. Jessica choose OriGym to study her Personal Training and specialist Level 4 in Nutrition course after being recommended by friends.


From a sports background I have always been passionate about sport, for every elite athlete passing on knowledge and expertise is a good continuum from what I've already achieved. Although this is starting something new, it's also building on something that I already have. 

I reached out to friends who have done similar courses and OriGym was mentioned as the course to go to. After I enquired, Michelle called the next day and was really organic and genuine in our conversations, whereas other providers sent a generic email where I still had to do more research myself.

As an olympian a mission is to always pass on experience and knowledge. I'd look to eventually have my own company and client base to really pass on my passion and maybe even help create a new olympian in the future!

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