Sport, Health and Lifestyle Coaching

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

This course is free for those over 21 and in receipt of a social welfare payment*. Click here for more information and to check eligibility.

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.

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

A pass in Leaving Certificate, including 5 subjects.

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.

Student Testimonial

“I completed the HNC in nutrition and lifestyle in Colaiste Dhulaigh 2020/2021. I can honestly say the course touched on so many different aspects of health and lifestyle, and I have learned so much, more than I thought I would. The tutors on all 8 modules were amazing and very supportive, as it was a different year with covid and the course was done mainly online from home. I can say that it has changed my life for the better and I hope to start up a health coaching business to help clients achieve their own personal health goals and it has really helped my own family with lots of knowledge in health and nutrition. Having worked for the last 20 years, this is my first time back in adult education and I couldn’t recommend it enough for anyone considering broadening their career outlook and options.” Barbara Coyle, 2021


“I really enjoyed this course. It is a great course for those wishing to help others achieve their health and wellness goals, both physically and mentally. The different modules inter-link nicely, the tutors were professional, supportive and approachable, and personal growth and development is a lovely bonus to all the skills learned.” Jen, 2021