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How to choose the right nutrition course

A recognised qualification will be accredited by an independent awarding body such as YMCA or VTCT and will be listed on the register of regulated qualifications held by Ofqual.

Before you decide who to study with, you should be asking yourself the following questions:

 

Does the course lead to a recognised nutrition qualification?

recognized qualification in nutrition will be accredited by an independent awarding body such as CYQ or VTCT and will be listed on the register of regulated qualifications held by Ofqual.

Be wary of companies who set up their own awarding bodies that are not regulated by Ofqual and who issue their own certificates i.e. not through an awarding body. The lack of regulation means these courses can be sold cheaper than regulated qualifications as the courses do not have to meet any standards. It is important to note that these courses may not be recognised by employers or universities/colleges should you decide to study further. You may also struggle to get insurance to practice professionally.

Our Nutrition and Weight Management course (the foundation of both our diplomas) is a VTCT qualification and on completion, you will receive a VTCT certificate and will be able to get insurance to practice as a nutrition adviser.

Do you offer certified Nutrition Courses?

 

Both of our nutrition courses and a number of our individual courses are certified by the Association for Nutrition. The Association for Nutrition (AfN) protects and benefits the public by defining and advancing standards of evidence-based practice across the field of nutrition and health and at all levels within the workforce.

 

AfN Course Certification is a quality mark awarded to courses that meet the competence requirements for their specified sector and level. This quality assurance mark enables students, employers and the public to identify reputable, evidence-based courses in nutrition science. For more information about the certification, scheme visits the AfN website.

 

What format will the course be in?

Many courses advertised as ‘online’ are basic PowerPoint presentations or worse, PDF documents. At Future Fit we do things differently. Did you have a favourite teacher at school – someone who sparked your enthusiasm, brought the subject to life and most importantly, made it fun? Well, our online courses have been expertly designed to be just like your favourite teacher.

In addition, all our courses are supported by our team of degree-qualified nutritionists and dietitians. They are always on hand to answer any questions, talk you through the tricky bits or just give you some words of encouragement.

What is the study method?

The majority of nutrition courses have one or more of these study methods:

  • Part-time
  • Full time
  • Online

When evaluating various study methods, consider how you best learn: do you want to be left to your own resources or do you prefer hands-on learning?

Full-time courses (also known as fast-track) need a lot of time, whereas online nutrition courses are completely self-directed and require a lot more motivation to complete.

What does the course claim I can do and is this accurate?

Although many companies claim you can become a nutritionist by studying a nutrition course, it is important to note that you won’t be able to join the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) unless you complete an approved degree level course at a University.

For this reason, we do not promote our courses as nutritionist courses. Instead, for those looking to start their career in nutrition science, without going down the university route, Future Fit Training offers a regulated, high-quality, Level 3 nutrition qualification, that adequately equips you to deal with a wide range of clients.

On completion of our nutrition diplomas, our graduates are fully equipped to work as nutrition advisers, including sports nutrition, and will be able to gain insurance to practice professionally.

How will I be assessed?

Although it might be tempting to choose a course with a simple multiple-choice exam at the end you should consider whether you will really feel equipped to practice nutrition professionally after such a basic assessment.

Our Nutrition and Weight Management course is assessed through a series of short questions and an in-depth case study, which a tutor will give you detailed feedback on. This is to ensure you understand both the theoretical and practical aspects of giving nutrition advice and give you valuable experience of working with a client.

What are the career prospects?

Because getting a career after completion of your nutrition course is certainly on your mind, you might want to ask your preferred nutrition program questions like:

  1. What percentage of students find work once they finish their course?
  2. What are the career prospects?
  3. Is there any assistance with the job application process or your professional development available through the program?

This, along with nutrition business studies and entrepreneurial training, will help you be competitive for any advertised nutrition employment, as well as proficient enough to start your own nutrition company in the industry.