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Study Nutrition online at home and master the fundamental principles of nutrition and behaviour change

Understand evidence-based nutrition from a source you can trust

Get better, more reliable results for yourself and clients

Learn around your life, your work, and your other commitments with ease

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 and REPS 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

Get started today and take the confusion out of nutrition with our AfN certified online course

7 REPs CPD Points available upon completion

Get started today and take the confusion out of nutrition with our AfN and REPS accredited online course.


Module 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.

Module 2: Macronutrients

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.

Module 3: Micronutrients

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.

Module 4: Fibre and hydration

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?

Module 5: Food labels and portion control

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.

Module 6: Food tracking and dietary flexibility

“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.

Module 7: Sleep

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: Supplements

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.

Module 9: Habits and food environment

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.

Module 10: Goal setting and adherence

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.


How long will it take?

Each module will take 3-4 hours of learning and there are 10 modules. So 30-40 hours.

How will it affect my career?

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.

Is this a qualification?

This is an AfN and REPs 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.

Who teaches the Foundation Academy course?

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.

Can I do this in my own time?

Yes the course is completely self-paced.

Can it be done outside of the UK?

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.

Can I view your accredited paperwork?

Of course, here is the official PDF showing our AfN accreditation and the official paperwork showing our REPS accreditation for the BTN Foundation Academy.

Can I view the full course syllabus in detail?

Click here to view a PDF of everything we teach on The BTN Foundation Academy, our modules in detail.

When does the next course start?

You can start The BTN Foundation Academy 365 days a year, so when you’re ready to start, sign up.