L4 Advanced Sports Nutrition

Level 4 Certificate in Weight Management & Athletic Performance (RQF)

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Become A Qualified Nutritional Expert

This L4 qualification will teach you advanced concepts of nutrition for weight management and athletic performance. This is the qualification you require if you want to create bespoke nutritional plans and give detailed diet advice to clients. You don't need any prior experience to enrol on this course, however many of our learners are already gym instructors or personal trainers. Delivered by three leading personal trainers and food experts, this will set you up for ultimate success in your career!

  • 208 Guided Learning Hours
    208 Guided Learning Hours
  • 6 Units
    6 Units
  • 100% Online
    100% Online

Course overview

This qualification will teach you all the in-depth nutritional knowledge which you will need to create and deliver bespoke nutritional plans for clients in an exercise environment. Nutrition is a fundamental part of our health and fitness, and is usually the biggest downfall for individuals not achieving their fitness goals. This course aims to upskill personal trainers and beginners alike to improve the quality of nutritional advice being provided in the industry. Becoming a nutritional expert is an important step forward for anyone in the health and fitness industry, and we have designed a course which gets you qualified in a fun and engaging way.

Our team of industry leading personal trainers and food experts will teach you all about the systems of the human body, giving you the foundational knowledge to build upon. You will then learn about metabolism and how best to fuel our bodies for athletic performance. By the end of the course you will be ready to start creating nutritional plans for clients, with the continued support of the LEAP Academy team.

Key topics covered in this course

  • Systems of the human body

  • Human metabolism

  • Fueling for athletic performance 

  • Common diets and food labelling

  • Strategising nutritional goals for clients 

You can find out more detailed information about the course contents, team and potential career opportunities in the tabs above. Or alternatively, register your interest on the form on the right of this page and we will send you further information

What sets us apart from other training providers is that all our courses are developed and delivered by industry experts who are all currently leading the way in their industry. You will be taught through a combination of written materials, interactive learning elements and course videos which help teach important information in an engaging and fun way. Check out the video below for a example of the content you can expect in this course

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We have broken the course into 6 separate units which teach you the content step by step and build upon what you have previously learnt. Below is a detailed breakdown of each unit: 

Unit 1: Systems of the Human Body 

  • The structure and function of the skin & skeletal system 
  • The structure and function of the nervous and muscular system
  • The structure and function of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • The structure and function of the endocrine system
  • The structure and function of the digestive and urinary systems
  • The structure and function of the reproductive and lymphatic systems

Unit 2: Human metabolism, the energy balance and the currency of calories 

  • Energy balance and the human body
  • How the body stores and uses carbohydrates 
  • How the body stores and uses protein 
  • How the body stores and uses fat
  • How the body stores energy
  • The importance of hydration and water
  • Vitamins and minerals for exercise 

Unit 3: Applied Nutrition for Health

  • Nutrition for Physical Activity 
  • Carbohydrates and the glycemic index
  • The role of proteins
  • Fats and their role with athletes 
  • The role of micronutrients                    

Unit 4: Fuelling for athletic performance 

  • Hydration, water and sweat loss
  • The role of metabolism in the body 
  • The use of fuel before exercise 
  • The use of fuel during exercise
  • The use of fuel after exercise 

Unit 5: Common diets, food labelling and the effects of marketing 

  • National food and nutritional government guidelines 
  • The rules of food labelling
  • Common diets 
  • Food allergies and intolerances 
  • Analysing food diaries and fluid intake 
  • How to implement nutritional change 
  • Professional standards for nutritional advice 

Unit 6: Supplemental aids and strategising nutritional goals for clients 

  • How to agree and set nutritional goals 
  • Pre and post competition nutritional strategies 
  • Supplementation for nutrition 
  • Illegal supplements (Anabolics/fat burners) 


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meet your team

Leap Academy courses are designed and delivered by experts and professionals who are all big personalities in the health and fitness industry. Each course leader has been specifically chosen due to their knowledge, personality and leading reputation to ensure the course content is top quality, but also highly engaging. Read more about each course leader below and which courses they have helped create and deliver

Online Personal Trainer + Business Owner

Talilla is an online fitness instructor and Personal Trainer, and coaches the LEAP Academy Level 2 Gym Instructing, Level 3 Personal Training and Level 4 Advanced Sports Nutrition qualifications. She has an extensive career in the fitness industry and has built her own online health and fitness club from scratch. Read more about her amazing journey below:

  • Unit 1: Systems of the human body.
  • Unit 6: Supplemental aids and strategising nutritional goals for clients
Personal Trainer + Business Owner

James is an online fitness coach and teaches the LEAP Academy L2 Gym Instructing, L3 Personal Training and L4 Advanced Sports Nutrition qualifications. His online coaching has a strong emphasis on a 360 approach to health including mindset and nutrition based on his own personal journey. Read more about his story below:

  • Unit 2: Human Metabolism.
  • Unit 4: Fueling for athletic performance
Nutritional Expert + Food Influencer

Emily is a well known food influencer who creates delicious and nutritious recipes for her large following. As an expert in human metabolism, she teaches the LEAP Academy L4 Advanced Sports Nutrition qualification. Read more about her story below:

  • Unit 1: Systems of the human body.
  • Unit 3: Applied nutrition for health.
  • Unit 5: Common diets and food labelling


There is no experience or previous qualifications required to enroll in this course! We are open to everyone! 

Even if you are not looking to pursue a career in nutrition, this is a great opportunity to learn about your body and diet.

This is an entry level qualification to nutrition which means you will be taught absolutely everything you need to know and do not require any previous knowledge or experience


Each unit will be assessed through a combination of methods based on the course content. 

Units are assessed through a combination of multiple choice assessments, written assessments, and reflection documents. Don't worry, we will walk you through each assessments as they arrive to ensure you are fully prepared


Focus Awards

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the Level 4 Certificate for Advanced Sports Nutrition (Nutrition for weight management and athletic performance) (RFQ). This course is accredited by Focus Awards

Focus Awards is an Ofqual regulated awarding organisation with an Innovative, progressive,and customer-focused approach. They develop off-the-shelf, customised and fully bespoke qualifications across a growing number of sectors “ all on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). 


This course provides an excellent starting point for anyone who wants to pursue a career in the nutrition industry, or any fitness professionals who want to expand their knowledge base. You will gain the skills and knowledge to build bespoke nutritional plans for clients in a fitness environment. 

If you are already working in the health and fitness industry then this qualification will open many doors for you. Your new nutritional expertise will set you apart from other personal trainers and will help you gain more clients who have specific nutritional needs. With a growing number of PTs getting qualified every year, it is even more important to have in-depth knowledge that sets you apart from the competition.

If this is your first health and fitness qualification, then you can also take the knowledge you gained from this course into further study with one of our other related courses and qualifications. Getting a better understanding of physical activity with our L2 Gym instructing or L3 Personal Training qualification are a great place to begin.

Note: This course does not qualify you to diagnoses or treat nutritional deficiences or diseases. Throughout the course you will gain an understanding of when to refer clients on to a dietitian, doctor or other health care professional.


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You will have access to weekly live and on-demand classes with professional Personal Trainers

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Everything from the coursework to the incredible teachers has been great fun and made me eager to come back and continue the course.
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