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

This health coaching course allows graduates to work with clients to help them make healthy changes, using a combination of personalised nutrition and lifestyle expertise - plus effective wellness coaching and communication skills

Starting dates

Next Course

30th May 2022 (first unit opens)

About the course

This fully accredited, 10 month, Ofqual regulated UK level 4 health coaching course is perfectly balanced between science-based theory and practical skills development. It includes online live lectures, workshops, tutorials and Q&A sessions. Upon graduation, you can support clients towards healthier lifestyle changes using dietary analysis, meal planning, personalised nutrition and lifestyle recommendations, coaching, consultation skills and more.

Read More: IHS produce confident and competent graduates ready for a successful career as a Health Coach

You will learn:

  • The secrets to longevity and how to apply them to one’s own life and those of others
  • How to create personalised, varied, nutritious and tasty meal plans suitable for a range of clients
  • The strengths and weaknesses of dietary trends such as Paleo, Mediterranean, intermittent fasting, etc.
  • How to produce effective and personalised lifestyle recommendations
  • How to take effective health coaching sessions, with key coaching skills designed to help you motivate and guide your clients towards  – and take responsibility for – their own optimum wellness
  • Graduate with an extensive practitioner toolkit, including consultation paperwork, client fact sheets, questionnaires and assessment tools

Studying with IHS you will be:

  • Supported by an expert personal tutor who is there to guide and help answer any questions that you may have throughout the course
  • Monitored using regular and varied continuous assessments (including case studies) and feedback to effectively build knowledge, confidence and consultation skills. There are no exams
  • On your own journey of self-development! This course can be personally and professionally life-changing for students and those around them.

Read more: How we teach

“I would also just like to say thank you to IHS for providing such an amazing course over the past year. I thoroughly enjoyed the course, content and the staff were all lovely. I can’t wait to see where it takes me!” Holly Bennett, Graduate 2021

Read More: 5 Good Reasons to Become a Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach

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

With 3 intakes a year, feel secure that you can pause your studies and come back in a few months to carry on (completion of course required within 2 years of your original finish date)

  • Our course is designed with your success in mind. It builds knowledge and skills in everything you need to practice, including nutrition, lifestyle management, coaching and career development.
  • Our extensive and expert team of educators and practitioners, who are here to share their extensive practical knowledge and expertise in nutrition and coaching with you.
  • An experienced and practicing nutrition expert personal tutor will guide you throughout your journey to becoming a health coach.
  • The specially devised course layout and support structure designed to help adult learners accommodate study alongside an already busy life, with live online lectures, webinar tutorials and Q&A sessions.
  • The assurance of our academic quality. This course is regulated by OFQUAL (UK level 4) on the UK’s education framework, ensuring you can be confident in the quality and recognition of your chosen course.
  • Our research based, up to date and practical course material means IHS graduates can be confident in the quality of service they provide to clients.
  • The comprehensive practitioner toolkit you will receive on graduation designed to help kickstart your career and practice.
  • Become part of our growing global Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching community, with private graduate Facebook group and other ongoing support to help your new career flourish.
  • Graduates in the UK and many other European countries can register and insure themselves to practice as a Nutrition and Lifestyle / Health Coach upon graduation, including affiliate membership of the UK Health Coaches Association (UKHCA) – now open to all international students and graduates – please see our scope of practice

Running over 10 months, with 410 guided learning hours – including 6 optional online lecture weekends, tutorials and Q&A sessions, home study and assignments, the Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching course offers students practical training in key areas. It is specifically designed to ensure graduates have a unique and diverse set of skills.

Read More: Student & Graduate Testimonials

What will I study?

There are 12 units in total:

  • Introduction to Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching
  • Food Groups
  • Macronutrients
  • Micronutrients and Phytonutrients
  • Energy Balance
  • Farm to Fork: Food Production and Quality
  • Optimising Nutrition in Practice
  • Nutrition for Wellness and Longevity
  • Lifestyle for Wellness and Longevity
  • Personalised Nutrition and Lifestyle for Individuals
  • Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching in Practice
  • Building a Successful NLC Career

How is this course structured?

This course is completed 100% online with live online lecture weekends, Q&A sessions and tutorials

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

10+ hours of study per week are required (including webinars, lecture weekends, assessments, etc).

Combine this qualification with the IHS Diploma in Transformational Coaching to gain the Combined Diploma in Nutrition, Lifestyle and Transformational Coaching

Entry requirements

This certification is a lifelong learning qualification and students are accepted through a combination of academic qualifications and relevant life experience.

Normal minimum entry requirements

The minimum academic entry requirement for this nutrition course is 1 A-Level grade A to C . Equivalent international qualifications will also be accepted.

For those whose English is not their first language:

  • IELTS score of 6 or above, or
  • Demonstration of another course delivered in English, or
  • Demonstration of everyday use
Prior Learning and Prior Experiential Learning

All knowledge, skills and competencies accumulated through life and work experience will be considered.

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

Enrol now or register for a free trial

Course fees


10 monthly payments total:


1 payment - save £300:


2 payments - save £100:


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