Nutrition Advisor Course Yr 1


Nutrition Advisor Online Course

This accredited home study Nutrition Advisor Course is for anyone who wants to become a Nutrition Advisor with insurance and professional registration, it is also the starting point for the Nutritional Therapist Diploma Course. It can be taken on its own for those that want to be Nutrition Advisor or as year 1  to the Nutritional Therapist Course. In our comprehensive Nutrition Advisor Course you will learn about the importance of nutrition, diet and food to ensure health and wellbeing. Foods and their effects on health is something that affects us all and this course is a great way to start your career in this growing area of interest. Study through distance learning via our online learning system or by correspondence. The Nutrition Advisor programme comprises 4 Units of Nutrition and the course is equivalent to NVQ Level 4.

Nutrition Advisor Course Yr 1

Units: 1-4
Study Hours: 600
Credits: 60
Time: Estimated 9-12 months (timing up to you)
Enrolment period: 1.5 years (with option to extend)
Books: 2 Books included, additional books required
Certification: Advisor Diploma in Nutrition
Study Options: E-learning (online) or Correspondence (paper)
Clinical Observation: Online Clinics (10 hours) & 2 Day Event 

Why nutrition?

Diet, food and health has never been discussed so much in our lives and media as it is today. There are many health issues attributed to poor diet. For example, the wrong food can lead to a lack of energy, weight gain, digestive problems and can contribute to depression and anxiety. That's why there is a growing awareness of nutrition and a demand for good advice and qualified Nutritional Practitioners.

Our distance-learning nutrition programme is designed to give you a holistic and comprehensive education in nutrition. If you struggle to find the time to study every day at a traditional college this home learning course is an ideal solution. You can study whenever you want and at your own pace. There are generous time frames and you can re-enrol to extend study periods. You could complete your course in 6-12 months (if you have the free time) or 18 months - it's up to you. There are no exams, work is marked by stringent continual assessment. Students are supported at home with online webinars, clinics, discussion groups and tutorials. There is also a vibrant student community on our student FaceBook group. Thousands of students have studied with us from home and enjoyed full support from a tutor.

The Nutrition course is made up of 4 Units:

  • Unit 1 you learn about the macronutrients: the essential functions of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
  • Unit 2 you will investigate the micronutrients: the world of vitamins, minerals and water.
  • Unit 3 you study the composition of a healthy diets and learn how variety of different diets can support health.
  • Unit 4 focuses on detoxification, the importance of the microbiome, and allergies and additives.

FNTP accredited

This Nutrition Advisor Diploma Course is fully accredited by the Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners and is suitable for those who wish to register as a Nutrition Advisor. The FNTP is the largest and fastest growing professional body for practitioners of nutritional therapy in Europe, FNTP Accredited Courses provide the reassurance of recognition for insurance and practice in almost all European countries and students outside Europe can become members too.


Online Clinics

You will also join Online Clinical training events every 4 weeks. Study with one of our experienced nutritionists and teachers. Improve your case taking skills, case analysis, treatment plans and prescriptions. The Online Clinics are included in the course fee and student can attend as many as they wish. Year 1 Nutrition Advisor Course students are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of Online Clinics.

2 Day Clinical Training

As well as the monthly online clinics you will also attend a 2-Day Clinical Event (14 hours) of face-to-face study (as with the online clincs this is included in the course fee). Courses run annually from Stroud, Gloucestershire. International students who are unable to come to the UK for this event can join the event via Zoom.


The diploma course is designed to provide you with a thorough and in-depth knowledge of nutrition. You will learn just how important nutrition is to human health and about the relationship that exists between diet and states of health and disease. The easy-to-follow syllabus helps you to identify, understand and appreciate the vital role of nutrition and diet. 

This vocational diploma course is the equivalent of a NVQ Level 4 and will provide you with the knowledge to begin setting up your own practice as a Nutritional Practitioner, if all of the requirements are met.


As this is a distance-learning and online course you can integrate the learning into your own lifestyle according to your needs. You receive from us the highest level of support by email or post - including a Skype or phone tutorial. Our personal tutors give you guidance and feedback on your progress upon the completion of each unit. This form of continuous assessment provides you with ongoing motivation. There are no exams and no prior medical training is necessary. Upon completing the course The School of Health Nutritional Advisor Diploma will be awarded.


The nature of the home-study courses enables you to work and to assimilate the course material at your own pace. Completion of the course takes about 400 hours, (approximately 9-12 months). You are free to decide how much time to put in, and when, and we play a supporting role.

The printed course manuals are sent to you in convenient ring binders. The learning programme consists of 4 Units. Each Unit contains explanatory text, reading references for the textbooks that accompany the course, movie lectures, webinars, short self-assessment questions and longer assignments.

The course is designed to take you through the process of identifying, understanding and appreciating each individual aspect of Nutrition. Step by step you are given a sure education and you will be on your way to becoming a Nutritional Advisor.

Course Materials

We send you the printed course manuals and movie lectures that accompany each of the course units plus the two essential course textbooks for the course.

Nutrition Advisor Online Course

Course manual
The Nutritional Therapist Course contains 4 course Units of 50-80 pages each. Each course unit has a number of Activity questions to complete after studying the material, watching the lectures and reading the relevant part of the text books. All of the work is to be submitted to your tutor for observation and marking, assessment and feedback.

Personal tutor
When you enrol you will be assigned your personal tutor. All of our tutors come from the world of natural health and have a strong passion for the holistic way of life, plus they are selected for their nurturing qualities. They will support you through your study, answering any questions that arise and marking your activities. The faculty in the head office are also available to assist as and when required. We are here to help and you can ask for support whenever you need it. 

The course includes a one-to-one tutorial with your personal tutor. These take place over Zoom, Skype or phone. The tutorial is 20 minutes long and is usually scheduled 3-4 months after you enrol onto the course.

Tutorials Upgrade Pack
If you would like a tutorial with each Unit of the course then you can purchase the Tutorials Upgrade Pack at the time of enrolling. This will give you 4 x 30 minute tutorials, one at the end of each Unit after you complete the assignments. 

Movie lectures
A key part of your study material are the recorded lectures. These specially recorded live lectures with course author Mary Sharma and others provide a stimulating means of learning about the subject and help to bring the material to life. The lectures are accessed through the Online Learning System but can be provided on a memory stick if you prefer. Nutrition Advisor Movie Lectures: 14 hours

memory stick

In addition to the movie lectures live online webinars are provided as support to enhance and deepen your understanding of some key nutritional topics. You will have the opportunity to attend live webinars throughout the course as and when they happen (usually monthly).

Tutor Group Meetings
You will be invited to online Tutor Group Meetings with your personal tutor and other students on the course for lectures and discussions.

Discussion Groups
You will be invited to an online discussion group with the course author every 4 weeks.

Online Learning System
You will be able to access your course from anywhere at any time via the School’s Online Learning System. In the secure sign-in area you can view the course materials, watch the movie lectures and webinars, upload assignments and keep track of your study. You can set and alter your study deadlines and complete the online quizzes to sense check learning and test yourself as you progress. You can also contact other students via maps, teaching groups or instant chat.

Course Books
There are two selected course textbooks which accompany the Nutrition Advisor course plus a Book List with essential and suggested reading. The two course textbooks have been especially chosen to give you the best and most encompassing mix of the holistic perspective and scientific view on the subject:

Diet and Nutrition Rudolph Ballentine

Diet and Nutrition
Rudolph Ballentine · ISBN 9780893890483

This book provides a holistic and comprehensive overview of the field, bringing the ageless insights of the East together with the modern scientific discoveries of the West. The facts are presented clearly and precisely, providing the reader with an in-depth understanding and practical approach.

Essentials of Human Nutrition  Mann and Truswell

Essentials of Human Nutrition
Mann and Truswell · ISBN 9780199290970

This book has already established itself as the most reliable and accessible textbook for students embarking on courses in human nutrition. It has been adopted as a course textbook in several countries and has proven itself to be an invaluable reference work. 

Book List
The Nutrition Advisor course can be completed with the two core books that accompany the course. However, if you are serious about becoming a Nutrition Advisor then you will require the essential Book List.

Anatomy & Physiology
It is strongly recommended as part of Nutrition Advisor training that you also complete training in Anatomy & Physiology. If you wish to go onto the Nutrional Therapist Course you will be required to complete The School of Health’s Anatomy & Physiology Diploma Course, unless you already have equivalent training.


National Union of Students

NUS Cards 
As a registered member of the National Union of Students, UK students who enrol on this course can apply for a Totum card. This provides discounts for many things such as travel, food shopping, electrical goods, cinema tickets, fashion etc. Just ask about this when you enrol with us and we can send you the details.

More information

We hope you choose to enrol with us. If you have any questions, or would like more information about the Nutrition Advisor Course, please contact us, we are here to help.

Course fees & enrolling

You can enrol and pay online through the enrol section on the website.

Course Benefits

  • Become a nutrition advisor
  • Written with a naturopathic and holistic perspective
  • Printed course, binder and books sent through the post
  • Clearly presented, easy to follow and thorough in content
  • Personal tutors give guidance and feedback
  • Includes a Skype or phone tutorial
  • Online Tutor Group Meetings with your personal tutor
  • Online discussion groups with course teachers
  • Online Clinics with our experienced nutritionists and teachers
  • Movie lectures and video webinars on the subject
  • Access to the School’s Online Learning System (OLS)
  • Highest level of support by email or post
  • Opportunity to attend live Webinars
  • Contact other students via closed Facebook group, instant chat, student maps and teaching groups
  • Study can be started and finished at any time
  • Work at your own speed and pace - timetable to suit you
  • No prior medical training is required
  • Continuous assessment provides ongoing feedback and motivation
  • There are no exams
  • Certificates are awarded on completing the course
  • Course material is regularly updated
  • NUS extra student discount card for UK students
  • Additional courses to enrol onto, to further your learning
Go at your own pace; integrate learning into your daily life

This is a brilliant distance learning course. What I most like most about the course is the content and originality of questions and the online tools. The tutor feedback is honest and constructive and it's great to have webinars and Facebook discussion groups.

Student, Beth Wilson

Prices & enrol online

Nutrition Advisor Course Yr 1

Nutrition Advisor Course Yr 1

Price includes:
Nutrition Advisor Course study guide
Units 1-4
Movie lectures
Core books
Tutor marking
Discussion groups
Online clinics
Tutor group meetings
1.5 year study period (can be done in 9-12 months)
Post & Packing
(Booklist required)