The Nutritional Therapy Science Access Course (NTSAC) aims to give students a solid grounding in the core science subjects that relate to nutrition, and is the first step towards becoming a fully qualified Nutritional Therapist.
Consisting of three core modules: Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Chemistry. The course has been specifically designed for those with little to no existing knowledge of these areas, and is ideal for those who wish to go on to study the Nutritional Therapy Diploma Course (NTDC).
Whether you have been away from formal education for a long time, need to refresh your knowledge in a particular area, or just don’t have the right qualifications to join our Diploma programme, this access course will enable you to progress on to the next level of study and into the profession.
This 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.
You can study one, two or all three modules via our attendance or e-learning modes, which enable you to follow a scheduled timetable or set your own.
You may also move between modes, depending on your preferred NTDC entry date, as this course has been designed to offer maximum flexibility with you and your needs in mind.
Lectures take place at our Richmond upon Thames facilities over a number of pre-scheduled weekends throughout the course. Starting on Friday evenings (from 6 to 8pm) and continuing throughout Saturday and Sunday (from 10am to 4.45pm).
In between lecture weekends tutors will engage with you via the 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 two entry dates for this mode:
For those that are unable to study with us in person, our online course enables you study when and where you can, whilst providing the same level of student support and grounding in the necessary core science areas.
As with the attendance mode, 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 three entry dates for our e-learning mode:
In addition to the above, we also offer the following options:
We understand that in certain instances following a set timetable may be problematic so we have developed the ultimate independent flexible option.
For those that are unable to commit to lecture weekends or to formal assessment dates, you can access our eScience Flexi option online whenever you want to start and set your assessments to suit your lifestyle.
As with all other modes, Tutors will communicate directly and set core formative activities to support progress and you set up online tutorials.
Should you select this mode, you will be given up to two years to complete the course.
If you already meet the entry requirements for our Diploma course (aNTDC or eNTDC) but feel you would benefit from revisiting or refreshing your scientific knowledge our eScience Refresh option provides online access to a wide range of interactive study materials, videos and exercises.
For those that want to brush up on core science subjects, this option provides an easy and engaging way to do so - much more fun than reading a textbook.
The Nutritional Therapy Science Access Course (NTSAC) consists of three core modules, each building your knowledge in critical areas linked to nutrition.
Module One: Chemistry This module explores the composition, structure and properties of substances and the interactions between them, and covers three core areas:
Module Two: BiologyThis module introduces learners to the study of life and living organisms, including their physical structure, chemical composition, function, development and evolution at the microscopic level.
Module Three: Anatomy and PhysiologyThis module is with concerned with the study of the structure of organisms and their parts and takes learners on a journey of discovery through the human body.
Each of the three modules you will study will be assessed by means of an essay, report, exam, multiple choice test, or a combination of these.
At ION, we recognise that students have their own learning styles and our courses are delivered utilising a variety of methods, which aim to support your individual learning style. 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, bot academic and pastoral.
It is recommended that you undertake between 10 -17 hours of personal study each week and we encourage you to engage with course forums and to become an active member of the student body as this will enhance your experience and support your learning.
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.
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.*1
Registration fee *1: £450
Annual course tuition fee: £2900
If you cannot pay the course tuition fees in full, in advance, you must pay a deposit (£800) and the balance of your fees in 3 instalments (£700).
Speak to our Course Advisor for more information about fees for individual modules.
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