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Is the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy course accredited?
What does ‘validated’ mean?
What is the main advantage of studying at ION?
What are the requirements to enrol on to the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy course?
If I do not have the level of science knowledge required, what should I do?
What if I think I have relevant prior learning and/or experience? Is there a possibility of exemption from any modules?
Is tutor support available for students on the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy course?
Is the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy course offered as a part-time only option?
If I were to enrol onto the eLearning BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy course and I had the time and opportunity to attend some lecture weekends, would this be possible?
How do I apply?
What are the course fees?
Can I practise as a registered nutritional therapist on completion of the course?
Is the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy recognised by professional bodies?
Where do the lectures take place for the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy?
Is there accommodation near to the study locations?
What if my personal circumstances change during my study programme?
What if I am unable to attend lectures and seminars due to my location?
Are there any exams?
I have not studied at this level before. Will I get help with essay writing and referencing?
Is there a library?
How may I join the course as an international student?
I am concerned that my English is not at the level needed to apply for one of your courses, what should I do?

 


 

Is the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy course accredited?

Yes, the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC) is the professional standards council for Nutritional Therapy in the UK, and ION’s BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy courses (attendance and online) are accredited by NTEC.

The Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC) accredits courses against the National Occupational Standards (NOS) in Nutritional Therapy and the CNHC Core Curriculum. The National Occupational Standards were developed and are updated by  Skills for Health, which is the Sector Skills Council for the healthcare sector. By selecting to study with ION, you are ensured to have a high quality of standards in your education and training.

 

What does ‘validated’ mean?

The BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy course is validated by the University of Portsmouth. This means the degree learning outcomes have been reviewed by the University of Portsmouth and met its criteria for university credit ratings. On successful completion of the BSc (Hons) course you will graduate from The Institute for Optimum Nutrition with a degree from the University of Portsmouth.

  

What is the main advantage of studying at ION?

Since ION was founded by Patrick Holford in 1984, it has rapidly established itself as one of Europe’s leading providers of education in nutritional therapy. The Institute is accredited by the British Accreditation Council and BSc (Hons) courses are accredited by NTEC (Nutritional Therapy Education Commission). ION is very much a ‘voice for nutrition’ and is highly respected for both the nutritional and clinical excellence of its graduates throughout the UK.

ION graduates can register with BANT (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine) and register with CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council).

 

What are the requirements to enrol on the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy course?

As an applicant you must demonstrate a broad general education including:

  1. Level 2 (GCSE or equivalent) in Maths and English.
  2. Two A levels or equivalent qualifications (Level 3), with A levels in the sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Anatomy and Physiology)

If you do not meet the requirements you will need to complete a relevant qualification (e.g. GCSE English/Maths, A Level science*).

* However, prospective students who do not possess A Level science may wish to consider ION’s Science Access course, which has been developed to specifically prepare you with the knowledge to support your nutritional therapy studies. The course consists of three modules: Chemistry, Biology, and Anatomy & Physiology.

 

If I do not have the level of science knowledge required, what should I do?

If you do not have the appropriate science knowledge required, we recommend that you consider undertaking the Science Access course. There are three cohorts throughout the year: attendance* options in October and January and eLearning options in October, January and May. These courses have been specifically designed to provide students, without the necessary science background, with a thorough grounding in the subjects required. On passing each module, Science Access students are eligible to progress onto the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy course. Please note that if you intend to apply for a place on a Science Access course, we recommend that you do so as early as possible as places on these courses are limited.

*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no attendance options available during the 2020/21 academic year and all courses will be delivered online. ION has delivered online training for both Science Access and Nutritional Therapy courses since 2014.

 

What if I think I have relevant prior learning and/or experience? Is there a possibility of exemption from any modules?

ION recognises previous achievements of students through recognised prior learning (RPL) both certified and experiential. If you have already studied relevant subjects at a higher education level and believe you have already achieved the learning outcomes of specific modules, you can apply for RPL. This requires you to send evidence either in the form of transcripts or a portfolio of experiential learning. The evidence will need to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes for the module(s) for which you are claiming RPL. Advice and support are given on the submission of evidence for RPL. Your application for RPL will then be assessed by the Admissions Board. Your application may be either agreed or rejected, or a request for further supporting evidence may be made.

Successful applications for RPL result in ‘general credit’ being awarded for the corresponding module(s) and you will be awarded a pass for these modules, but no grade is given.

 

Is tutor support available for students on the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy course?

ION provides a variety of support to cover your academic and pastoral needs. You will have a personal tutor and the support of a Level Leader. In addition, the Academic Support Tutor will run a series of webinars and workshops on a variety of academic subjects to support you. Should you require, there will be one-to-one and group tutorials to help you with specific aspects of academic work.

You will also be able to access the University of Portsmouth online academic support resources.

 

Is the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy course offered as a part-time only option?

Yes, the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy course is only offered part-time.

 

If I were to enrol onto the eLearning Course and I had the time and opportunity to attend some lecture weekends, would this be possible?

Because the attendance* and elearning courses have the same structure and delivery, you would be able to change over to the attendance options and vice versa. Once you have enrolled onto a specific course option you would be required to complete this course option for the duration of the academic year. You can then transfer to another course option for the next academic year. In certain cases, transfer during the academic year is possible but this must be discussed and agreed with your personal tutor. If space is available at the lecture venue on lecture weekends and you wish to attend as a one-off, then this may be possible. You would need to check availability by contacting [email protected].

*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no attendance options available during the 2020/21 academic year and all courses will be delivered online. ION has delivered online training for both Science Access and Nutritional Therapy courses since 2014.

 

How do I apply?

Simply click on the “apply now” button on our website and complete the application form. This will start your application process

If you have any questions regarding your application contact our Course Advisor (+44) 020 8614 7815 who will be happy to help.

 

What are the course fees?

Our Course Advisor can provide all the information including entry requirements and how to apply.  Contact (+44) 020 8614 7815.

  1. Are there any hidden costs? As part of your studies you may wish to purchase key texts. The cost of purchasing these will be your responsibility.
  2. Do I have to pay extra to change or suspend my mode of study? There are no charges to change or suspend your mode of study.
  3. Do I have to pay extra if I need more study / personal tutoring support? There are no additional charges for personal tutoring delivered by ION staff and the academic support tutor. Should you seek support outside of ION from a private individual or company then you will be responsible for these costs.
  4.  Will I be paying more if I pay by instalments? There are no interest or fee charges for paying by instalments.

 

Can I practise as a registered nutritional therapist on completion of the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy?

Absolutely! To practise as a registered nutritional therapist in the UK you need to successfully complete an NTEC-accredited honours degree course. This will allow you to take out full membership with BANT and to apply for registration with the CNHC. By successfully completing the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy course you will have completed an NTEC-accredited course. All that will remain is for you to upgrade your membership with BANT to full membership and apply for registration with the CNHC.

 

Is the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy course recognised by professional bodies?

The course is recognised by a number of professional bodies. We recommend you join BANT (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine) and, importantly, register with the CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council).

 

Where do the course lectures take place* for the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy course?

The BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy course lecture weekends would normally be held in Bloomsbury, Central London at Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel, please visit http://www.ambassadors.co.uk  for more information.

*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no attendance options available during the 2020/21 academic year and all courses will be delivered online. ION has delivered online training for both Science Access and Nutritional Therapy courses since 2014.

 

Is there accommodation near to the study locations*?

We have a list of all possible available accommodation both in central London near Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel and near Richmond. Contact us for more information.

*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no attendance options available during the 2020/21 academic year and all courses will be delivered online. ION has delivered online training for both Science Access and Nutritional Therapy courses since 2014.

 

What if my personal circumstances change during my study programme?

We understand that sometimes unexpected events occur, and you may need to take a break from your studies. The BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy course is typically completed in 4.5 years but you are allowed, with extenuating circumstances, to extend your study period to a maximum of 8 years.

If you wish to discuss options for slowing down your pace of study, suspending or changing mode etc., you should speak to your Level Leader.

 

What if I am unable to attend lectures* and seminars due to my location?

We offer an online learning option of the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy course. There are two intakes: September and February. The majority of study will be done online and at home. However, clinical practice is an important aspect of the course and would require you to attend London for blocks of study during years 3 and 4 of the course in order to complete the clinical aspect of your training.

*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no attendance options available during the 2020/21 academic year and all courses will be delivered online. ION has delivered online training for both Science Access and Nutritional Therapy courses since 2014.

 

Are there any exams?

There are no written exams. We know that you will want to be confident and competent practitioners with a valued qualification so there is, of course, assessment. The complexity of the assessments builds up gradually as you progress through the course. Clinical practice is assessed through observation of your work with clients.

 

I have not studied at this level before. Will I get help with essay writing and referencing?

Yes, ION has a full-time Academic Support Tutor who offers one-to-one support as well as webinars and workshops on study skills, essay writing, referencing and research. You will also be able to access the University of Portsmouth’s online academic support tools.

 

Is there a library?

As a BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy student you will have access to the University of Portsmouth library services and facilities. The library is available online and you will be able to access a wide range of journals, scholarly literature databases and eBooks. ION has a small reference library in Richmond. If you wish to book a study session with access to the library, please email [email protected]

 

How may I join the course as an international student?

You will need to complete the application form and provide evidence that you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course. You will need to attend an interview, which will be conducted online via video call. You will need to provide a copy of your passport and a passport-sized photograph and proof of identity. For courses with clinical attendance blocks you will need a short-term study visa covering each clinical practice training block*.

*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no attendance options available during the 2020/21 academic year and all courses will be delivered online. ION has delivered online training for both Science Access and Nutritional Therapy courses since 2014.

 

I am concerned that my English is not at the level needed to apply for one of your courses, what should I do?

If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate your proficiency at IELTS – (International English Language Test) grade 7.0 or above in each of the four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening).

Once you are qualified as a registered nutritional therapist you will be expected to work professionally, sometimes liaising with other health professionals. It is therefore essential that you can communicate clearly and confidently and can write accurately and effectively.

 

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