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Is the Nutritional Therapy Diploma Course accredited?
What does ‘validated’ mean?
What is the main advantage of studying at ION?
What are the requirements to enrol on the Nutritional Therapy Diploma 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 Diploma?
Is the Nutritional Therapy Diploma Course (NTDC) offered as a part-time only option?
If I were to enrol onto the eLearning Nutritional Therapy Diploma Course and I had the time and opportunity to attend some lecture weekends, would this be possible?
I am very interested in the courses ION offers, how do I apply?
What are the course fees?
Can I practise as a registered nutritional therapist with a DipION?
Is the Nutritional Therapy Diploma Course recognised by professional bodies?
Where do the course lectures take place for the Diploma?
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?

 


 

Is the Nutritional Therapy Diploma Course accredited?

Yes, the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC) is the professional standards council for Nutritional Therapy in the UK and ION’s aNTDC & eNTDC are both fully accredited by the NTEC. NTEC accredits courses against the National Occupational Standards (NOS) in Nutritional Therapy. 

 

What does ‘validated’ mean?

The Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC) accredits courses against the National Occupational Standards (NOS) in Nutritional Therapy and the NTEC 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 is the main advantage of studying at ION?

Since ION was founded by Patrick Holford in 1984, ION has rapidly established itself as one of Europe’s leading providers of Nutritional Therapy and education. The Nutritional Therapy Diploma Course was the first undergraduate course to be recognised by the NTC (Nutritional Therapy Council) now known as 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 ION graduates throughout the UK.

Students who graduate from ION with a DipION qualification are able to 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 Nutritional Therapy Diploma Course?

Applicants must normally demonstrate a broad general education including:

  1. Level 2 (GCSE or equivalent) in Maths and English.
  2. 160 UCAS tariff points, which would normally include at least two ‘A’ levels or equivalent qualifications (Level 3), with ‘A’ level in the sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Anatomy and Physiology)

Students who do not meet the requirements will need to complete The Science Access Course which consists of three modules: Chemistry, Biology and Anatomy & Physiology.

The course concentrates on aspects of these subjects that are particularly relevant to nutrition. You can study one, two or all three modules, depending on your particular requirements, through the attendance or distance learning option. As the diploma course is science orientated it is vital to build your science foundation to ensure you are fully prepared going onto the diploma course and there are no gaps in your learning.

 

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

We recommend that you consider one of our Nutritional Therapy 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. All Nutritional Therapy Science Access Students are required to pass an examination at the end of their module or course before they are eligible to progress onto the Nutritional Therapy Diploma Course. Please note that if you intend to apply for a place on a Science Access Course, we would recommend that you do so as early as possible as places on these courses are limited.

 

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

ION does recognise the previous achievements of students through recognized prior learning (RPL). Students who have already studied relevant subjects at higher education level, and believe they have already achieved learning outcomes of specific modules, can apply for RPL. This requires the student to send evidence of their transcripts to show that they have achieved the learning outcomes for the module(s) for which they are claiming RPL. Applications for RPL are then assessed by the Admissions Board. They may be either agreed or rejected, or further supporting evidence may be requested.

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

 

Is tutor support available for students on the Diploma?

The Academic Support Tutor will be running a series of webinars and workshops on a variety of academic subjects to help support students and will additionally be providing one to one tutorials to help students with aspects of academic work. Much of the Academic Support Tutors work will focus on year one and helping students in the early stage of the course when the challenges can appear overwhelming.

New Year one students will also be allocated an Orientation Tutor whose role will be to help them find their way around the course and point them in the right direction as they get started. Students will only have an Orientation Tutor for the first year of the course as students should not need this support after this time.

Pastoral support will be provided by Year Leaders. Students wishing to discuss options for slowing down study, suspending, changing mode etc. should also speak to a year leader.

 

Is the Nutritional Therapy Diploma Course (NTDC) offered as a part-time only option?

Yes, the NTDC is only offered as a 3 year diploma consisting of 10 lecture weekends per academic year. We do however have our eNTDC which is a distance learning option which offers further flexibility in your learning.

 

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

As the attendance and distance learning 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 during the course of that year and then you can transfer over after completing the year.  Only in certain cases one is allowed to transfer half way, this must be discussed with their personal tutors.

 

I am very interested in the courses ION offers, 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.

 

Can I practise as a registered nutritional therapist with a DipION?

Absolutely! To practice as nutritional therapy in the UK as a registered nutritional therapist you need to complete an NTEC accredited course to allow you to register with BANT and the CNHC.

 

Is the Nutritional Therapy Diploma Course recognised by professional bodies?

The NTDC is recognised by a number of professional bodies and recommend all our students to ensure they are registered with BANT (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine), and most importantly the CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council).

 

Where do the course lectures take place for the Diploma?

The Nutritional Therapy Diploma Course lecture weekends are currently held in Bloomsbury, Central London at Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel, please visit http://www.ambassadors.co.uk/welcome-homehtml  for more information.

 

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.

 

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 Nutritional Therapy Diploma Course is typically completed in 3 years but we do allow students with extenuating circumstances to extend the study period to a maximum of 6 years. Suspension period is 12 months to then return and commence studies.

 

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

We offer an online learning option of the Nutritional Therapy Diploma Course (eNTDC). The start of the eNTDC commences in September and another intake in February. The majority of study will be done online and at home. However, the clinical practice is an important aspect of the course and would require you to attend London for a couple of days in year 2 (two consecutive days) & year 3 (two blocks of three days which is a month apart) in order to complete the clinical aspect of your training.

 

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. In the first year the complexity of the assessments builds up gradually so you will be ready for year two when the marks start counting towards your final grade. In year three you will be observed and assessed working with clients and will have a viva. You get chance to look at the case study in advance so can come prepared.

 

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.

 

Is there a library?

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] ION provides you with access to Science Direct, a database of scholarly literature including 3,800 journals and 37,000 book titles.

 

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