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Nutrition to Support Physical Activity

Course Code: YMNSPA

Level: 3
Subject area: Sport & Leisure
Awarding body: YMCA
Qualification: Award
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Flexible
Duration: Distance learning
When you'll study: Distance learning - learn at a time and pace to suit you in the comfort of your own home

About the course

The aim of this qualification is to develop knowledge and understanding of key nutritional principles and healthy eating to support client goals. It also provides you with skills to analyse client nutritional intake in order to offer advice within scope of practice and integrate into fitness programme design.

What you'll learn

The course covers the following areas:

  • understanding the principles of nutrition
  • understanding the influence of nutrition on health
  • understanding key nutritional guidelines and evidence-based recommendations and how they can be applied to individual clients
  • understanding the relationship between nutrition and physical activity
  • understanding how to collect information relating to nutrition
  • understanding how to use nutritional information
  • be able to identify and analyse nutritional information to identify clients dietary habits
  • be able to apply the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme.
Entry requirements

You will need to hold a YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing or equivalent, and level 1 qualifications in English and maths.


The YMCA Level 3 Award in Nutrition to Support Physical Activity is assessed through a combination of internal and external assessment.

  • Learner Assessment Record
  • Multiple Choice Theory paper 
  • Assessment Workbook
  • Consultation/case study
What's next?

This qualification can improve employability for qualified fitness instructors and those instructors in the REPs physical activity advisor category.

You may choose further same-level qualifications, for example:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates
  • Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga.

Or, if you already hold a Level 2 Fitness Instructing – Gym-based qualification: 

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2021/22 (August 2021 – July 2022). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2022/23.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete an Expression of Interest form.