The NTDC is delivered at Levels 4, 5 and 6 (undergraduate equivalence), to the same level as required for an undergraduate degree.


Our students come from all walks of life and many have had an established career. We do not expect applicants to have the same qualifications as a college-leaver and welcome applicants with a wide range of appropriate certificated and/or experiential learning. Our admissions team can advise on individual applications and admission arrangements. We may be flexible in our normal entry requirements if you can show a commitment to succeed and have relevant skills and experience. You must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully. We are committed to fair admission practice and welcome applications from people with disabilities.



General level of education

Level 3 education attainment: 160 UCAS tariff points, which would normally include at least two GCE/VCE A Levels including one related science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physiology, Home Economics) or equivalent (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers, Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma, Irish Leaving Certificate, BTEC Diploma awards). Level 2 Maths and English at minimum of Grade C is also required.

For students who do not have the required entrance qualifications, ION offers specially-tailored Nutritional Therapy Science Access Courses, for which a Level 2 education including maths and English GCSEs (Grade A-C) or equivalent is required.



Exemptions: Recognised Prior Certificated Learning and/or Experiential Learning (RPL)

It is possible to gain exemption from modules or years of a course if you have qualifications at an equivalent or higher level or have achieved learning associated with the course through experience. RPL can be applied for before your course starts or during a course for modules which occur later in the course.

Joining ION from other institutions

Additionally, RPL may be used to transfer in from another course. Please contact [email protected] for an RPL pack to guide you through the process of providing evidence to support your claim. 



English language requirements

You must demonstrate sufficient command of the English language to communicate safely and with confidence to the public, clients and medical professionals.

Applicants must normally demonstrate a Level 2 qualification in English language (e.g. GCSE grade A-C).

If English is not your first language you will need to have obtained an International English Language Test (IELTS) qualification scoring 6 in all areas (listening, reading, writing and speaking) or demonstrate equivalence ( 

  • Nutritional Therapy Diploma Courses IELTS Academic: 6 in all areas.
  • Nutritional Therapy Science Access Courses IELTS General: 5 in all areas



Proof of identify

All applicants must demonstrate proof of identity and will need to provide two photos and ID (e.g. passport).



General non-academic criteria

We believe that formal qualifications are only one measure of ability to study at this level. Applications are considered with an assessmentof the applicant’s abilities, skills, aptitudes and motivation to train as a practitioner. 

We are also looking for:

  • Self-motivation and commitment to studying
  • Ability to time plan
  • Good level of interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • ICT literacy — you must be able to word-process, have broadband access to the internet and an email account.
  • Commitment to a Code of Practice and Fitness to Practice Code. 

For the nutritional therapy course:

  • Management of health problems or other issues that would prevent you from being capable of, or fit for, clinical practice training. Extenuating circumstances claims can only be made for acute illness and not long term chronic illness.
  • In signing the Student agreement each year you will be committing to the Student Regulations Handbook.




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