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RSPH Level 4 Certificate in Nutrition for Physical Activity and Sport

Course Summary

This Level 4 qualification is suitable for those who require an understanding of nutrition and diet and their effect on health.

It is particularly relevant for people working in the health, fitness or catering professions who might have a role in the promotion of healthy eating or the preparation of meals, menus and diets for sportspeople at all levels of ability. 

The learning outcomes include coverage of the nutritional requirements for a healthy diet, the effect of diet on health and the importance of hydration. These principles are then applied to fulfilling the dietary requirements for physical activity and sport.

Entry Requirements

All candidates must hold the a level 3 qualification such as RSPH Certificate in Nutrition and Health or Level 3 Award in Nutrition for Healthier Food and Special Diets or a similar qualification or have experience in a relevant subject. 

Course Structure & Content

Candidates will complete this qualification by studying  two units: Principles of Nutrition and the Nutrition for Physical Activity and Sport unit which is applicable to their needs.

Module 1 (completed through the Level 4 Award in Nutrition 3 day course)

Unit NUT 4.1: Principles of Nutrition
1 Sources, functions and uses of macro and micro nutrients
1.1 Dietary sources of macro and micro nutrients
1.2 Physiological functions of macro and micro nutrients


2 Hydration, dietary requirements and food choices of individuals throughout life
2.1 Components of energy consumption and expenditure
2.2 Energy, hydration and nutrient requirements at different lifetime stages
2.3 Factors that affect nutrient requirements in relation to social, cultural, religious and ethnic groups


3 Effects of diet on health
3.1 Relationship between diet and disease:
Diseases to include:
Dental caries; Coronary heart disease and hypertension; Obesity and Type 2 diabetes; Under nutrition; Cancer; Food sensitivity;
3.2 Possible dietary influences for different groups:
Dietary habits; Economic; Socio-cultural; Education


4 Legislation as it relates to labelling and advertising of foods
4.1 Food labelling requirements:
4.2 Legal requirements in relation to health claims and nutrition claims

Module 2 Nutrition for Physical Activity and Sport (3 day course)

The following points will be covered in relation to health, fitness and sport:

1 Requirements for nutrients and hydration during physical activity

2 Relationship between nutrition and physical activity

3 How to advise participants in physical activities on nutritional strategies (and menus) to improve performance


The course is assessed through the completion of assignments.

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