Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching (VTOS)

Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Sport & Exercise (Exercise, Health & Lifestyle)

VTOS means Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme. VTOS gives unemployed adults over 21 the opportunity of returning to full time education, while retaining their benefit.

This course is designed to equip the learner with the necessary skills to work as an independent Nutrition and Lifestyle coach.  It is designed for those wishing to coach individuals and groups towards long term diet and lifestyle changes for improved health and wellbeing.  The course will combine scientific theory based learning along with its practical application.

In addition to the mandatory modules, students will be given the opportunity to become certified first aid responders.  A qualification from ITEC in Holistic Massage will also be offered.

Course Content

Nutrition; Psychology; Professional Skills; Physical Activity, Lifestyle & Health; Lifestyle Coaching; Health Education in Action; Anatomy & Physiology for Health and Ill Health


BTEC Higher National Certificate in Sport & Exercise (Exercise, Health & Lifestyle)


One Year

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate and interview.  A science subject at Leaving Certificate would be desired. Applicants with prior learning will also be considered.  All knowledge, skills and competencies accumulated through life and work will be considered.

Students must apply for Garda Vetting at registration.

Career Opportunities

On completion of this course, students can commence a career as a Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach.  The HNC can be combined with further study to attain a Higher National Diploma.