Nutritional Therapist Course
This accredited home study Nutritional Therapist Diploma Course is ideal for anyone who wants to become a Nutritional Therapist and set up their own practice with insurance and professional registration. When you become a Nutritional Therapist you will be able to look at someone's diet and recommend changes to address a variety of diet-related health problems. This Open University style distance learning and online Diploma course has been designed with flexibility in mind and can be completed over 2 years part-time. The Nutritional Therapist programme comprises of 8 Units of Nutrition and 6 Units of Anatomy & Physiology. There is a 4-Day Clinical Workshop and the course is equivalent to a NVQ Level 5.
Nutritional Therapist Course
Units: 1-4 (Stage 1)
Units: 5-8 (Stage 2)
Study Hours: 800-900
Time: Estimated 12/18 months (timing up to you)
Enrolment period: 3 years (with option to extend)
Books: 2 books included & a book list is required
Study Options: Correspondence (paper) or e-learning (online)
Clinical Observation: 4 Day Event
Anatomy & Physiology for Nutrition Course
Study Hours: 150-200
Time: Estimated 9/12 months (timing up to you)
Enrolment period: 3 years (with option to extend)
Books: Included with the course
Study Options: Correspondence (paper) or e-learning (online)
The Nutritional Therapist programme includes the Anatomy & Physiology Course. Each course takes around 1 year to complete (if you do 8-12 hours of study a week) however we grant a 3-year study period so you have plenty of time and flexibility. Read more about the Anatomy & Physiology Course. If you have prior learning in Anatomy & Physiology and do not require this element of the Nutritional Practitioner programme then please contact us about the possibility of exemption.
If you do not want to enrol and pay for the whole course in one go please contact us in the office and we can run through the instalment options with you. You can enrol on Nutrition Stage 1, Nutrition Stage 2 and Anatomy & Physiology separately.
You will be provided with an example case study to show the format for case taking and you will also have the opportunity to watch a video of a live consultation. There are then 5 sample cases to complete, plus one live case that you will find for yourself. Many of the course assignment also have a practical case element to them to get you thinking like a therapist. All this will enable you to put your theoretical learning into practice and allow you to receive feedback on your case taking technique, as well as your dietary and supplement prescriptions.
4-Day Clinical Practice
Students are required to come (either in person or online) to a 4 Day Event (28 hours). Through live clinics and paper cases, students gain the expertise and confidence to work on a wide range of cases. Clinical training is a fundamental aspect of the course where students put theory into practice and see cases first-hand. Working in clinical training progresses through 5 phases: Case receiving, Personal analysis, Triad or pairs analysis, Group analysis and the Treatment plan. Courses run annually from Stroud, Gloucestershire. The price of the 4-Day Event is included in your course fee but if it is not taken in the 2- year study period then a top-up fee may be required. Please note there is an additional £50 registration fee payable at the time of booking the event. International students who are completely unable to come to the UK for this event will be permitted to gain the face-to-face clinical learning locally - please contact us for more details.
Successful completion of the above leads to the: Nutritional Therapist Diploma (NT.Dip).
This Nutritional Therapist Diploma course is fully accredited by the Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners and is suitable for those who wish to practice Nutrition. 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. Because our Nutritional Therapist Course is FNTP Accredited when you graduate with this qualification the award is considered, by main international bodies, to be appropriate for practice.
In the UK FNTP membership includes insurance - please contact them for full details. If you do not wish to take the insurance with FNTP you can arrange your own - Balens is a good supplier of CAM insurance and they recognise our course - www.balens.co.uk. If insurance to be a Nutritional Therapist is not available in your country then when you apply for FNTP membership you can opt to become an ‘uninsured member’.
Once you join the FNTP you will be listed as a Nutritional Therapist on their public register. The FNTP Register is a published list of nutritionists who work to a set educational standard and within an established code of ethics. Potential patients seeking a nutritionist practitioner, trained to a high standard, can access this Register to find someone in their area. FNTP registered Nutritional Therapist can also register and list themselves with the Nutritionist Resource. Please note that completion of our International programme does not always confer an automatic license to practice in your country. Whilst we have a good recognition in the UK it is wise to review the official recognition policies of your own country before setting up in practice.
Society of Naturopaths
The School’s Nutrition and Naturopathy courses are accredited with the Society of Naturopaths (SoN). Anyone completing the Nutritional Therapist Course (Units 5-8), or the Nutritional Therapist Advanced Course (Units 9-12) can register with SoN as an 'Associate Naturopath'. Students who go on to complete the School of Health’s Naturopathy Course plus Pathology & Disease Course can register as a full 'Naturopath ND'.
Naturopathic Nutrition Association
Graduates from the Nutritional Therapist and Nutritional Therapist Advanced courses can also join the Naturopathic Nutrition Association (NNA). The NNA is a UK professional association for Nutritional Therapists who practice in accordance with naturopathic principles. Graduates of the Nutritional Therapist Course (Units 1-8) with clinical hours can apply to the NNA as an Associate Member. Graduates from the Nutritional Therapist Advanced Course (Units 1-12) with clinical training (50 hours minimum) can apply for full membership. Current professional insurance providing a minimum of £6 million cover will be required. Completion of the NNA’s NOS and Core Elements Statements of Practice is required, (the NNA provide a template for these and the School can also supply a completed template). Full Membership grants the following benefits: 1. Membership of the General Naturopathic Council (GNC) and Associate Naturopath title; 2. Practice listing on the NNA website; 3. Access to the Comprehensive Natural Medicines Database (a database for checking interactions and contraindications); 4. Opportunity to apply to join Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
Once you are fully qualified as a therapist you will be able to register your details with nutritional supplement companies. They offer specialist products for nutritional practitioners, usually at trade price. Among others, our certificate is recognised by Bionutri, Cytoplan, Lamberts Healthcare and The Natural Dispensary - who all offer high quality supplements.
Once qualified you can contact Nutri Advanced with a copy of your qualification and you will then be able to access their database, together with a whole range of other important data for nutritional therapists.
Diet, food and health have never been discussed so much in our lives and media as they are today. There are many health issue attributed to poor diet. For example, the wrong food can lead to a lack of energy, weight gain and 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 course is designed to give you a holistic and comprehensive education in nutrition. If you struggle to find time to study every day at a traditional college then 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 12 months (if you have the free time) or 24 or 36 months - it's up to you. There are no exams, work is marked by stringent continual assessment. Thousands of students have studied with us from home and enjoyed full support from a tutor.
The Nutrition course is made up of 2 levels and 8 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 diet and learn how a variety of different diets can support health.
- Unit 4 focuses on detoxification, the importance of the microbiome, and allergies and additives.
- Unit 5 you look at naturopathic philosophy and naturopathic nutrition.
- Unit 6 covers supplementation, named diseases and nutritional protocols.
- Unit 7 you learn about laboratory testing, with a focus on adrenal testing, stool testing and hair mineral analysis.
- Unit 8 you learn how to take case studies and design diet and supplementary prescriptions for clients. This unit also includes essential information to help you set up your own clinical practice.
A healthy balanced diet helps you to:
- Lead an active lifestyle
- Meet your nutritional needs
- Protect against health problems
- Improve your mood and stress levels
- Maintain or restore a healthy weight
- Develop your overall health
- Feel good about yourself
- Gain vitality and energy
- Boost your immune system
- Enhance your ability to concentrate
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 identify, understand and appreciate the vital role of nutrition and diet.
This vocational diploma course is the equivalent to a NVQ Level 5 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 Therapist 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 700-800 hours, (approximately 24 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 14 Units in total (8 in Nutrition and 6 in Anatomy & Physiology). 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, Anatomy and Physiology. Step by step you are given a sure education on your way to becoming a Nutritional Therapist.
We send you the printed course manuals and the four essential course textbooks for the two courses and you will also have access to movie lectures that accompany each of the course units.
The Nutritional Therapist Course Stage 1 Units 1-4 comes in one binder, Stage 2 Units 5-8 in another. Each of the units are around 50-80 pages. Each 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.
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 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 8 x 30 minute tutorials, one at the end of each Unit after you complete the assignments.
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 memory stick if you prefer. Nutrition Therapist Movie Lectures: 31 hours
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.
You will be invited to an online discussion group with the course author every 6-8 weeks.
You can also join online for unique online clinical training events every 6-8 weeks. Study with one of our experienced nutritionists and teachers. Improve your case taking skills, case analysis, treatment plans and prescriptions.
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 will be able to set and alter your study deadlines, complete the online quizzes (to sense check learning and test yourself as you progress) and contact other students via maps, teaching groups or instant chat.
There are four core textbooks which accompany the Nutrition Therapist course plus the Nutritional Therapist Book List with essential books and further suggested reading in the course. The four 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 · ISBN 9780893890483
This book provides an 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 · 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.
See the Anatomy & Physiology Course to view the medical science books that come with that course.
The Nutritional Therapist course can be completed with the core books which accompany the course. However, if you are serious about becoming an Nutritional Therapist then you will require the essential Nutritional Therapist Book List.
As a registered member of the National Union of Students UK students who enrol on this course can apply for an NUS extra 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.
We hope you choose to enrol with us. If you have any questions or would like more information about the Nutritional Therapist 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.
- Become a registered Nutrition Therapist
- Clinical training via paper and live cases
- Written with a naturopathic and holistic perspective
- Includes in-depth anatomy & physiology
- 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 courses
- Course material is regularly updated
- Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners accredited
- Society of Naturopaths accredited
- NUS extra student discount card for UK students
- Additional courses to enrol onto, to further your learning
Prices & enrol online
Nutritional Therapist Course - Stage 1&2 with A&P
Nutrition Course Stage 1&2
3 day workshop
3 year study period (can be done in 1 year)
Post & Packing