GDip Integrative Functional Nutrition

Take an innovative route to integrate nutrition into your healthcare practice


In all applicants, the right aptitude and attitude are important. 

Applications are assessed against academic and non-academic selection criteria – see below. To demonstrate you meet the entry requirements, qualifications and documentation (in English) supporting prior learning (RPL) must be submitted. 

If you have relevant RPL, you can apply for exemption for up to two thirds of corresponding modules. Find more information below.

ION welcomes mature adult learners with non-traditional entry requirement equivalents and applicants with non-UK qualifications. 

If you have any questions about your eligibility to take the Graduate Diploma, get in touch.

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Formal entry requirements

GDip Integrative Functional Nutrition (C0502FTD and C0502PTD)

Professional criteria

Healthcare graduate or postgraduate in current practice with relevant health sciences and practice skills (i.e. doctors, allied health professions and CAM therapists) 

Non-standard qualifications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Other academic criteria

When English is not your first language, ILETS Level 7 or Advanced Cambridge is required. 

Non-academic criteria

Prospective students must demonstrate appropriate motivation and commitment to studying, and a minimum level of proficiency with inter-personal communication skills. 

You must also demonstrate a good level of proficiency in IT and be familiar with and able to use Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications. You must also have access to the internet with a reliable connection. 

In addition, you must be absent of any health problems or other issues that would prevent you from being capable of, or fit for, clinical practice. 

Checks will be made to ascertain that prospective students are resident in the UK or have indefinite leave to remain in the UK or have the appropriate visa to travel to attend clinical practice training. Copies of either a passport and/or visa will be required prior to commencement of the course/clinical practice training.

Transferring your nutritional therapy course to ION

ION welcomes transfers from NTEC accredited courses. Applicants seeking module exemptions must submit evidence of recognised prior certified learning or recognised prior experiential learning.

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Recognised prior learning (RPL)

Get exemptions for your certified and experiential learning 

ION welcomes RPL applications from practitioners who have actively engaged in substantive CPD.

If you have completed further training or modules in functional medicine or similar, then you may be eligible to apply for certified RPL for up to the value of 80 credits. 

We also welcome practitioners with experiential evidence, which can be proven via the submission of a portfolio. We can guide you on its construction. 

Students with both certified and/or experiential RPL have access to all modules and their content, and are encouraged to contribute to the module forums and their peers’ learning. You will need to complete RPL application before starting the course.

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