The Nutritional Therapy Diploma Course - DipION (NTDC) combines the latest theoretical knowledge from the science of nutrition with “real-world” clinical training to help you build an in-depth understanding of the role that nutrition plays in relation to human health and wellbeing.
As the provider of one of the UK’s longest running Nutritional Therapy Diploma, we have trained professionals from around the world for over 30 years, preparing them for a range of rewarding careers and enabling them to become fully qualified, registered Nutritional Therapists.
The NTDC will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the components of food, their role in human biochemistry and physiology, the importance of dietary and environmental factors on human health, as well as the biochemical and physiological imbalances that can cause health problems.
Ultimately, this engaging and academically rigorous course will give you a thorough understanding of the therapeutic effects of foods and nutrients, and the ways in which you can address health and wellbeing issues through nutrition and lifestyle management.
Our flexible course nurtures students through each subject in a way which makes it meaningful, building your confidence and enabling you to develop your critical thinking, analytical ability and communication skills, ready for your next step into professional practice.
As a part-time modular course, the NTDC can be completed over a three to six year period, allowing you to study alongside your professional or personal commitments.
You can study via our attendance or e-learning options, which enable you to follow a scheduled timetable or set your own.
You may also move between learning options, extend the length of the course, or take a year out, depending on your needs. Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for you to start and successfully complete the course.
Lectures take place at Ambassador Bloomsbury Hotel London between 9.30am and 5.30pm, over a number of pre-scheduled weekends between September and June, with approximately four-week intervals between lecture weekends.
A variety of teaching methods are used including lectures, workshops and seminars. Lectures are broadcast live and recorded to give you the opportunity to listen to them again to embed and enhance your learning and understanding.
In between lecture weekends tutors will engage with you via course forums and core formative activities that support academic progress. All assessments are timetabled and pre-scheduled tutorials (in person or online) are built-in to further support your learning.
ION currently offers one entry date for this mode:
Our distance or e-learning mode allows for the majority of the course (with the exception of clinical practice) to be completed remotely. However, a two-day block of attendance is required in Year Two and two three-day blocks of attendance are required in Year Three to develop your clinical practice skills.
A variety of engaging online teaching methods are used and all lectures are recorded to give you the opportunity to listen to them at your convenience to embed and enhance your learning and understanding.
As with the attendance option, tutors will engage with you via course forums and core formative activities. You will also be invited to attend pre-scheduled online tutorials, which provide you with an opportunity to connect with tutors and peers. All assessments are timetabled.
ION currently offers two entry dates for our e-learning option:
The Nutritional Therapy Diploma Course - DipION (NTDC) is a level six, modular course. Each module is a distinct learning unit and is assessed individually. There are various types of assessment for each module, including: essays, exams, research critiques, case studies and assessed consultations.
The course first equips you with a comprehensive knowledge of the principles and philosophy of practice, components of food and their roles in human biochemistry and physiology, dietary analysis and menu-planning.
This is the foundation year of the course and underpins all future learning.
In the second year of the course, the focus moves on to exploring underlying biochemical imbalances, diseases and conditions and the impact of nutrition.
You will begin to learn about functional tests, therapeutic foods, nutraceuticals, drug nutrient interactions and how to work effectively with clients therapeutically.
The final year considers more advanced health issues, specialist and complex aspects of practice, understanding your boundaries as a professional practitioner, and researching, planning and reflecting on how you propose to develop a successful career or business in nutritional therapy.
There is also a more in-depth study of the therapeutic relationship, using functional testing and personalising management plans. The emphasis is on nutritional theory, underpinned by research and translated into good clinical practice.
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ION was one of the first educational providers to be awarded full accreditation for the attendance Nutritional Therapy Diploma Course (aNTDC) and our online course (eNTDC) was the first to be accredited by NTEC, making us leaders in the field.
Our tutors and lecturers have many years of experience and are active researchers, involved in the ongoing development of the discipline and the profession, advising on committees of the Professional and Standards bodies.
At ION, we recognise that students have their own learning styles and our courses are carefully designed to utilise a wide variety of academic and practical learning tools to support your own individual learning style, including: group work, role play, clinic work, audio, video, interactive e-units, workshops, personal tutoring, guided discussion and presentations. Whether you are learning in-class or online, you will be supported by a range of carefully created, interactive materials and information via our virtual learning environment, RelION.
Personal tutoring, guided discussions (in class and online), and regular contact with module leaders via email and skype sessions will ensure that you get all the guidance and support you need, both academic and pastoral.
Attendance option students will have 10 lecture weekends in each year. For those studying via our e-learning option, you will need to allow around 14 hours a month on average to listen to lecture recordings. For both modes, the majority of study time will be taken up by guided home study.
Both attendance students and e-students should allocate approximately 15-20 hours a week to cover guided reading (pre-reading, e-units), researching and writing assignments, preparing for workshops or forum activities and for consultations. In addition, all students will be required to maintain a reflective journal and personal development portfolio throughout the course.
Both attendance and e-learning students will have the opportunity to access live broadcast video, as well as downloadable audio and video recordings of lectures, together with interactive e-units throughout the course.
Attend | September intake
For our attendance option, teaching takes place in Central London between September and June with approximately four-week intervals between lecture weekends. Learning begins at 9.30am and finishes at 5.30pm. A variety of teaching methods are used including lectures, workshops and seminars. Lecture sessions are recorded to give you the opportunity to listen again to embed and enhance learning.
eLearn | September and February intake
Our distance eNTDC format allows for the majority of study (not clinical practice) to be completed remotely. There are two intakes: September and February. A two-day block of attendance is required in Year 2 and two three-day blocks of attendance are needed in Year 3 to learn and develop competence in clinical practice.
Registration fee *1: £450.00
Annual course tuition fee *2: £4,500.00
If you cannot pay the course tuition fees in full, in advance, you must pay a deposit (£1650) and the balance of your fees in 3 instalments (£950).
*1 When first enrolling with the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) you are required to pay a one off non-refundable registration with your first payment.
*2 We reserve the right to increase the fees for future years inline with inflation and VAT may become payable should the legislation change.
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The current entry requirements for the NTDC are as follows:
Level 3 education attainment: 160 UCAS tariff points which would normally include at least two GCE/VCE A-Levels with one GCE/VCE A-Level or equivalent qualification in a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physiology, Home Economics or equivalent).
If you do not hold the above qualifications, you may want to consider joining our specially-tailored Nutritional Therapy Science Access Courses which enables students to progress on to the full diploma course following successful completion.
If you have questions about the course why not book a one-to-one appointment phone call to ensure you have all the information you need to start your course with confidence.
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