Why are Health Coaches needed right now?

Functional Wellness Practitioner Training

This is a brand new approach to functional health coaching bringing together the latest nutrition and health research into an interesting, easy to learn, applicable and practical coaching qualification specialising in hormones, digestion, immune and women's health.

Who is this course for?

Therapists

This course is designed for therapists of any modality looking to specialise in hormones, digestions and immune. Are you looking to augment your knowledge with up to date nutrition and modern protocols to support clients with the health issues they face?

Personal Trainers

Do you want more up to date information for your clients? Have you stopped believing calories in/calories out being the answer for long term health and want to know the underlying hormonal issues causing weight imbalance and muscle fatigue?

Love Health?

Do you want more up-to-date nutrition and health knowledge including how hormones work, what our digestion needs and how different foods and supplements can make a huge change to our wellbeing? 

Career Change?

Are you fed up in your current role and want to learn a new discipline, develop coaching skills, have a rewarding career doing something you love, are interested in and feel passionately about? This is also a growing industry with more and more clients looking for hormone and women's health specialists.

Why study Functional Wellness Coaching?

Hormonal Interplay

At the core of this training is the “Triangle of Hormonal Health” which supports student practitioners to easily understand the root cause of many symptoms. Discover natural solutions to bring someone's health into balance.

The Triangle of Hormonal Health

4 Phase Approach to Clients

We have a structured, analytical approach to wellbeing which enables you to focus on the priorities with someone's health, rather than overwhelming them with everything. This helps you feel confident in the pathway you have to offer.

4 Phase Approach

Diet and Supplements

You will learn different diets plans for different hormone issues, what is best to advise when and how to recommend nutritional supplementation for specific health outcomes. You also have the opportunity to add lab testing to your skill set.

Functional Nutrition 

This course is built on the latest functional nutrition and scientific health research so you are can trust the information you learn and the advice you give.

You will be supported in classrooms and workshops with experienced practitioners and tutors who can guide you to offer expert advice and problem solve.

Why is the Triangle of Hormonal Health so important?

In our clinical and research experience, there is a huge connection that is widely overlooked between stress hormones, blood sugars and sex hormones. Many of today’s widespread conditions reside in these arenas but most people don’t know how to support their bodies to fix the issue.

We call it The Triangle Of Hormonal Health. The interplays include

  • blood sugar hormones including insulin, ghrelin, leptin
  • stress hormones including cortisol (and the neurotransmitters adrenaline and nor adrenaline)
  • sex hormones including oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone

When the hormones in the triangle are imbalanced, this

  • overworks the liver causing ineffective metabolic waste clearance
  • stresses the elimination organs – the bowels and kidneys causing digestive issues
  • sends signals to the immune system that the body is in distress and creates imbalanced inflammatory responses

At the core of the Functional Wellness Coaching training is this interplay. 

The Triangle of Hormonal Health
 

Why the 4 Phases Approach and Stages of Treatment are so important?

The 4 Phases and Stages of Treatment are where the real genius of Functional Wellness comes in and they benefit both you as a practitioner and your clients. In Functional Wellness Coaching we have taken years of clinical experience and broken down what tool to use when.

This also benefits clients because you will KNOW the pathway for them and how to support them on their journey and it promotes self-responsibility. If they aren’t making the changes you are recommending how can you progress to the next stage and just keep trying new approaches on them? It makes sense for both the practitioner and the client that there is a clear pathway.

The final stage is where we have exhausted all other options and now as a practitioner, we can offer lab testing or refer on to specialist practitioners. Knowing what we can help and what we can’t means we can feel truly confident in what we are offering.

 
 

What can I do with this qualification?

This qualification is for those looking to become health coaches in private practice, become an alternative health teacher or fill a role in a corporate setting. 

There is a great demand for knowledgeable health coaches. They fill a gap in the healthcare system that is underserved especially for those with chronic conditions, hormonal imbalances and difficult menopause symptoms who are looking for support in creating a lifestyle that supports their journey to good health. The traditional medical approach is unable to provide this kind of advice. This is where you will come in. 

Course Syllabus

The course is split into 11 modules 

  1. Anatomy & Physiology
  2. Nutrition for Health
  3. Foundation Coaching Skills
  4. Introduction to Functional Wellness Coaching
  5. Blood Sugars
  6. Stress and Adrenals
  7. Hormones
  8. Digestion
  9. Immune System
  10. Consolidation with Lab Testing
  11. Business & Marketing Mastery

Includes Nutrition for Health

This course includes 53 hour module on nutrition which has all the essential, foundation knowledge needed to be a Functional Wellness Coach including 

  • History of Modern Nutrition
  • Nutrients and Antinutrients
  • Micronutrients
  • Macronutrients
  • Modern Food Production
  • Digestion and the Microbiome
  • Popular Diets
  • Pathology of Health
  • Nutritional Consultations
What is involved in Nutrition for Health?

Includes Foundation Coaching Skills

This 60 hour module includes vital information for those working with clients and developing better communication skills. It covers

  • How to communicate effectively
  • Questioning and listening skills
  • Barriers to communication
  • Observation of body language and signals
  • Disability & Equality
  • Confidentiality
  • Consent
  • Self-reflection 
  • 'Reclaim Your Life' - 12 hours of lectures designed to overcome your personal blocks so you can be a more effective coach

30 hours are delivered online and 30 hours are online classrooms with workshopping with peers. This is the part of the training that develops your skill as a coach and develops your confidence dealing with clients issues and blocks.

Includes 8 coaching case studies and homework including lesson tests and a book review.

What is involved in Foundation Coaching Skills

Includes Business & Marketing Mastery

This 30 hour module includes 5 modules and 51 lessons including

  1. Professional Standards including code of conduct, health & safety and clients legal rights
  2. Business Planning including your vision, mission, business and financial plan
  3. Marketing including your marketing activity, setting your price, creating your personal branding, starting your own website, creating powerful social media and attending and hosting events
  4. Clinic Management including setting up, creating a professional image and planning your diary
  5. Self Management including self care, self awareness and overcoming challenges

Homework involves writing a business and marketing plan.

This part of your training develops your skill in running a private practice or marketing yourself int he field you wish to work.

What is involved in Business & Marketing Mastery

Includes Anatomy & Physiology

This bolt-on module will teach you about the workings of the body systems including the endocrine, digestive and immune systems which this course focuses on. Includes

  • 90 hours of content delivered online
  • Comprehensively covers all body systems
  • Interactive tutorials and online assessments mean you can study completely from home
  • Immediate online marking of multiple choice question and answer assessments – no written assignments
  • Free access to a Resource Centre with links to videos, animation, and other resources to further support your study

(If you already have an Anatomy & Physiology qualification you may skip this module).

Course Deliverables 

The course is made up of 350 hours and includes the following

  1. Anatomy and Physiology course (optional if you have an A&P qualification) 
  2. Nutrition course including 8 case studies, book review and 2 essays
  3. Foundation Coaching module including 8 case studies, book review and 30 hours peer coaching with a tutor
  4. Lessons and resources for 7 Functional Wellness modules
  5. Business and Marketing module with business and marketing planning
  6. Homework, book recommendations plus health book reviews
  7. 9 x mentoring workshops with an experienced tutor
  8. 9 x group zoom classrooms (hosted monthly and recorded)
  9. 30 Functional Wellness case studies
  10. 20 case study reviews
  11. Recipe portfolio x 15 meal planning
  12. 2 final projects involving an essay of your choice and delivering a health talk
  13. End of module assessments 
  14. Film a case study for assessment 
  15. Learning logs to track your progress

What is the course format?

This is an online correspondence home learning course which makes it incredibly accessible and easy to work around your work and home life. All modules are created in video format, on our website and involve online meetings and group calls. 

How long will it take me to complete from start to finish?

The course is 350 hours and is estimated 9-20 months to complete. Each month the new module is unlocked on completion of the module before. Module completion involves online lessons, homework, case studies and group work. If you do not complete a module in a month, don't worry, you have 24 months to complete the course.

Is Kinesiology included in this training?

This is a nutrition and coaching course but if you are a qualified and practicing Kinesiology Practitioner with a governing body and insurance, you can buy the Functional Kinesiology bolt on (Note: This is for CPD only and will not qualify you as a Functional Kinesiology Practitioner). For more information please get in touch.

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Do I need any previous experience or qualifications?

No, this course is designed to take you from foundation to practitioner level. The course begins with a 53 hour foundation nutrition module and a 60 hour foundation coaching module before going into the more in-depth hormone practitioner training so you are given all the training you need even if you are a beginner. If you have previous training, that's great! But it is not necessary.

Nutrition Course

How many hours is this course?

This course is 350 hours and is made up of online lessons, tutorials, assessments, group calls, peer coaching, classrooms, homework and case studies. Everything is designed to embed this knowledge and give you the confidence to use it with clients or in a work situation.

What happens if I need to defer?

Each student is given 24 months to complete the course. This give you the opportunity to go at your pace and to allow for any unexpected life occurrences. After 24 months we charge an admin fee of £100 to continue for another 18 months. 

What does a health coach do?

Wellness coaching is different from other health and helping professions. Health coaches are “agents of change” for their clients. 
Coaches can work with a variety of clients in a number of professional settings. There are so many people across the world who can benefit from working with a coach and numerous ways for coaches to build a career. 

Why coaches are in demand

Is it a trustworthy qualification?

Yes, very much so. The Functional Wellness Coach Diploma has been recognised as an accredited course by The Federation Of Holistic Therapists. The course is insured by Balens Ltd and the syllabus is in line with the National Occupational Standards.

Who is this course not for?

If you wish to be a dietitian, doctor or functional nutritionist who is trained to diagnose, treat, or prescribe treatments for patients, then this is not the qualification for you. This could be taken in conjunction with medical training but it is not part of this training. 

Wellness coaches do not have this type of prescriptive, medical training, however they don’t need it to be successful in supporting diet, nutrition and lifestyle change for their clients, which will be your primary purpose of your wellness coaching role.

Do you make allowances for learning challenges?

Yes we do. All the learning is in different formats, including written documents, images, diagrams and videos that are able to be watched on repeat. All the assessments are not time prohibited so you can go at your own pace and take your notes in. If you have particular learning challenges that you wish to discuss with us, please contact us directly and we would be very happy to help.

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Is there an exam?

At the end of each module there is an approx. 30 minute multiple choice assessment to ensure you have understood the module. The pass rate is 70% and on successful completion, you move to the next module. If however, you don't pass, you will be given the option to resit. We also ask you to submit a video case study so we can see you in practice.

Course Syllabus

What qualification do I receive?

You will be given the 'Functional Wellness Coach' Diploma which opens the opportunity to register with a recommended governing body such as the Federation of Holistic Therapists, get insurance to practice with insurers such as Balens and start charging for consultations should you wish.

When can I start?

The joy of studying a correspondence home study course is you can start right away! As soon as you have paid your deposit or paid in full, you can start learning. 

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Are there any hidden charges?

In a short answer - no. Everything you need to become a Wellness Coach is included in the training cost. Once you have completed your training, there are no additional charges or membership costs from the college. The only areas you need to budget for is governing body membership, Balens insurance and to attend Continuous Professional Development (CPD) each year (between 15-30 hours per year).

Who is my mentor?

Claire Snowdon-Darling and Laura Knowles are the senior tutors on this course. They have years experience teaching health and coaching students. To find out more click here. 

Meet the Tutors

What our practitioner students say

Kiron Collett

Second to none expert teachers. Their approach is professional, empathetic and truly connects with all levels of students ensuring that everyone fully understands the course material. 

Abi Adams

I highly recommend for their phenomenal knowledge and guidance when it comes to studying health.

Gayle Jordan

Extremely knowledgeable and engaging educators. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the thought provoking training that I have had  and look forward to more in the future.

Pricing Options

Pay in Full

£2,450

  • Diploma accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists
  • 11 in-depth modules over 350 hours  
  • Online learning portal
  • Anatomy and Physiology course (optional if you have an A&P qualification) 
  • Nutrition course including 8 case studies, book review and 2 essays
  • Foundation Coaching module including 8 case studies, book review and peer coaching with a tutor
  • Lessons and resources for 7 Functional Wellness modules including homework and health book reviews
  • Business and Marketing module with business and marketing planning
  • Homework, book recommendations plus health book reviews
  • 9 x online group mentoring hosted by a tutor
  • 9 x group zoom classrooms (hosted monthly and recorded)
  • 30 Functional Wellness case studies
  • 20 case study reviews
  • Recipe portfolio x 15 meal planning
  • 2 final projects involving an essay of your choice and delivering a health talk
  • End of module assessments 
  • Film a case study for assessment 
  • Learning logs to track your progress
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Pay Monthly

£220 per month

of 12 payments totalling £2,640

  • Diploma accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists
  • 11 in-depth modules over 350 hours  
  • Online learning portal
  • Anatomy and Physiology course (optional if you have an A&P qualification) 
  • Nutrition course including 8 case studies, book review and 2 essays
  • Foundation Coaching module including 8 case studies, book review and peer coaching with a tutor
  • Lessons and resources for 7 Functional Wellness modules including homework and health book reviews
  • Business and Marketing module with business and marketing planning
  • Homework, book recommendations plus health book reviews
  • 9 x online group mentoring hosted by a tutor
  • 9 x group zoom classrooms (hosted monthly and recorded)
  • 30 Functional Wellness case studies
  • 20 case study reviews
  • Recipe portfolio x 15 meal planning
  • 2 final projects involving an essay of your choice and delivering a health talk
  • End of module assessments 
  • Film a case study for assessment 
  • Learning logs to track your progress
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For Kinesiology Practitioners looking to add Kinesiology

PLUS Kinesiology CPD Pay in Full

+£495

Under £10 a lesson

Includes all of the above as well as 54 Kinesiology online lessons and techniques in the following areas

  • Blood Sugars 
  • Adrenals and Endocrine 
  • Hormones 
  • Digestion 
  • Immune System 

Can only be purchased with Functional Wellness Coach training above. Must sent proof of Kinesiology Practitioner qualification to be eligible. 

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PLUS Kinesiology CPD Pay in 12 Instalments

+£50 per month

Under £12 a lesson. Total £600.

Includes all of the above as well as 54 Kinesiology online lessons and techniques in the following areas

  • Blood Sugars 
  • Adrenals and Endocrine 
  • Hormones 
  • Digestion 
  • Immune System 

Can only be purchased with Functional Wellness Coach training above. Must sent proof of Kinesiology Practitioner qualification to be eligible. 

CONTACT US TO BOOK YOUR PLACE

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