Nutritional therapy degree top-up

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  • For qualified nutritional therapists

    ION’s fast track undergraduate degree top-up

    ION provides the only fast track pathway to a degree in nutritional therapy, using recognised prior certified and/or experiential learning (RPL), for qualified nutritional therapists.

    Discover new opportunities and learn about fresh approaches to clinical practice.

    This course has an emphasis on the latest research, innovation and enhancing your skills, whilst you gain additional credibility from having a BSc (Hons).

    Check our eligibility criteria
    If you’re not a nutritional therapist yet or have very limited experience, read more about our full degree course.

    "What I think is particularly beneficial about our top-up course is that, as well as enabling students to have a fast track to degree, there is also a very practical underpinning, enabling practitioners to apply the learning and see results in their business."

    Paula Werrett, Head of Undergraduate Provision


    Why upgrade to an undergraduate degree in nutritional therapy with ION?

    We know that as a practising therapist you may worry about the time and commitment it may take to top up your current qualification to a full degree. Let us reassure you that the course is achievable within 18 months and we offer full support, as well as flexible study choices, to help you balance your learning alongside your professional work and personal commitments.

    When you top up to a degree, you will:

      •  Gain recognition and further credibility in light of your experience and commitment to nutritional therapy
      •  Untap new opportunities for your business and work, through discovering new approaches and practical skills optimising your success
      •  Develop new skills to further help your clients
      •  Access the latest innovations and leading research in the nutritional therapy industry
      •  Meet other experienced nutritional therapists to share knowledge with
      •  Be eligible to register with BANT


    ION in partnership with The University of Portsmouth

    Our innovative top up degree is validated by the University of Portsmouth. Watch the video and learn more about how our partnership with the University of Portsmouth will benefit your learning and progress through the course.

    Please note attendance classes are held in Richmond, London and not at the University of Portsmouth

    ION is proud to be working in partnership with the Faculty of Science & Health at the University of Portsmouth to deliver validated higher education awards. Recognised as a leading modern university, its vision is to be the number one modern university in the UK by 2030. It is TEF gold rated and globally recognised for research.

    As a student of ION, you will also benefit from the many educational resources and assets available to all University of Portsmouth students, including online learning materials and student entitlements.

    "We are delighted to partner with the Institute for Optimum Nutrition. ION have been providing high quality nutritional therapy education for the last 35 years and their research informed philosophy to learning aligns closely with the Faculty of Science and Health at the University of Portsmouth. We look forward to a fruitful partnership with ION and to working closely with their staff and students in training the next generation of registered nutritional therapists."

    Professor Sherria Hoskins, Executive Dean, Faculty of Health & Science 

    Ready to learn more about this sector leading and innovative course? Book a call or download a prospectus

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  • Key facts

    Course codes
    C0503PTD (online)

    BSc (Hons)


    Qualified nutritional therapist 


    1.5 years part-time

    Study time

    15-20 hours per week plus time to watch lectures

    Entry dates

    September, February

    Tuition fees*

    £5,950 per year
    £2,625 year 5

    * For 2023/24 academic year. Fees for subsequent years may increase in line with inflation