The NTDC provides the knowledge, skills and clinical experience that you need for a career in nutrition.


The Nutritional Therapy Diploma Course - DipION (NTDC) is a level six, modular course. Each module is a distinct learning unit and is assessed individually. There are various types of assessment for each module, including: essays, exams, research critiques, case studies and assessed consultations. 





Year One 

The course first equips you with a comprehensive knowledge of the principles and philosophy of practice, components of food and their roles in human biochemistry and physiology, dietary analysis and menu-planning.  

This is the foundation year of the course and underpins all future learning.  

Nutrition Sciences 1

Biochemistry, physiology and internal anatomy | Introduction to the systems approach and using the Functional Medicine model | Role of nutrition science in an integrated approach to health | Introduction to academic literacy and academic integrity skills

Principles of Nutrition

An introduction to philosophies, principles and standards underpinning nutritional therapy practice | Food composition | Factors affecting food choice | Factors influencing the nutritional value of foods for individuals, throughout the life cycle | Dietary models | An introduction to reflective practice, and personal learning planning (PLP) | Developing academic integrity, and academic literacy skills

Nutrition Sciences 2

Biochemistry, physiology and internal anatomy | Systems approach using Functional Medicine model | Research skills development | Review of Functional Medicine approach

Clinical Analysis

An introduction to clinical practice using the Functional Medicine framework for paper-based case analysis in preparation for consultations | Dietary analysis and menu planning strategies for implementing evidence-based, safe and legal nutritional programmes | Communication skills | Development of reflective practice skills


Essay Plan | Mini essay | PowerPoint presentation with referenced notes | Essay | Case analysis | Reflection using a personal development plan



Year Two 

In the second year of the course, the focus moves on to exploring underlying biochemical imbalances, diseases and conditions and the impact of nutrition.  

You will begin to learn about functional tests, therapeutic foods, nutraceuticals, drug nutrient interactions and how to work effectively with clients therapeutically. 

Functional & Biochemical Imbalances

Impact of environmental factors on health and well-being | Epigenetic | Prevention, and management of environmental triggers and mediators | Further research skills development

Drug Nutrient Interactions

Drug/food/nutrient/herb interactions | Key principles of pharmacology (including pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, mechanisms of actions, and common side effects) | Use of pharmacopeia | Principles of nutraceutical posology | An introduction to herbal medicine | Underpinning knowledge and skills development for demonstrating safe and legal nutritional strategies in the clinical practice modules

Functional & Diagnostic Testing Concepts

An introduction to laboratory tests (diagnostic and functional), and visual & manual screening for nutritional status | Using these tools in nutritional therapy clinical practice to enhance the individualisation of management plans | Skills in how to use an evidence based approach to determine the usefulness of these tests and screens in clinical practice | Interpretation of results are developed further

Disordered Physiology

Aetiology and pathophysiology of common diseases and health conditions | Functional systems imbalances and their links to disease states, health conditions and symptoms | Differential Diagnosis | Nutritional and behavioural strategies | Evidence informed nutritional modulation and monitoring of chronic conditions | Breastfeeding, weaning, childhood diets | Communicating to clients and the public

Clinical Practice 1*

Practical application of clinical analysis | Communication skills | Exploring the client-practitioner relationship with consultation ‘role-play’ | Observation of professional NTs | Ethics and Performance | BANT Code of Professional Practice & CNHC | Code of Conduct | The Functional Medicine Framework | Personal Development Planning


Essay | Aide memoire | Clinic practical | Case study | Magazine article | Critique | Short answer tests | Reflective portfolio



Year Three 

The final year considers more advanced health issues, specialist and complex aspects of practice, understanding your boundaries as a professional practitionerand researching, planning and reflecting on how you propose to develop a successful career or business in nutritional therapy.  

There is also a more in-depth study of the therapeutic relationship, using functional testing and personalising management plans. The emphasis is on nutritional theory, underpinned by research and translated into good clinical practice. 

Nutritional Therapeutics

A critical exploration of nutritional therapeutic approaches to complex and boundaried health conditions | Using critical appraisal of research to stay ahead in a rapidly changing field

Functional & Diagnostic Testing

A critical understanding of laboratory tests available to Nutritional Therapists to determine selection of laboratories and test(s) | Interpretation of test results used in specific clinical situations

Practice Management

Prepare students or graduates to start their nutritional therapy or CAM business | Cover the practical skills needed for setting up and succeeding in business, as well as the ethical and legal requirements | Introduce students and graduates to the variety of opportunities that may be open to them

Clinical Practice 2*

Provide students with tools, skills and learning to become competent, lawful, safe and effective nutritional therapy practitioners who are able to practise with autonomy by achieving competency at the stated level and range of clinical practice defined in the NTC core curriculum and identified in the NOS | Develop students’ ability to reflect and engage in continual professional development | Contains compulsory supervised clinical practice


VIVA | Case study | Client report | Business plan | Website pages –ethics and legal practice | Portfolio of evidence | Critical literature review | Clinical practice competencies