We have trained professionals from around the world for over 30 years and are the UK’s longest running training provider for NTDC.


We prepare you for a range of rewarding careers by enabling students to become fully qualified registered Nutritional Therapists. The NTDC will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the components of food, their role in human biochemistry and physiology, the importance of dietary and environmental factors on human health, as well as the biochemical and physiological imbalances that can cause health problems 

Ultimately, this engaging and academically rigorous course will give you a thorough understanding of the therapeutic effects of foods and nutrients, and the ways in which you can address health and wellbeing issues through nutrition and lifestyle management. 





Why choose NTDC at ION?

  • Fully accredited by NTEC, so that successful completion enables you to become a BANT registered Nutritional Therapist and apply for CNHC registration
  • Flexible in-class or online study options which make it easy for you to balance the course with work and personal commitments 
  • Clear module by module structure that enables you to study over three to six years so that you can fit studying into your current lifestyle   
  • Expert personal tutors that are available via email and during scheduled weekly call times to provide you with ongoing guidance and support  
  • Innovative teaching that is fully supported by a range of interactive tools and materials via RelION our virtual learning tool 
  • Our Optimum Nutrition Clinic provides “real-world opportunities to observe practice and build your clinical skills under expert supervision 

Our flexible course nurtures students through each subject in a way which makes it meaningful, building your confidence and enabling you to develop your critical thinking, analytical ability and communication skills, ready for your next step into professional practice 



A little background info

NTEC accredits courses for nutritional therapy. Both attendance and e-learning options are now fully-acredited. 

CNHC is the voluntary regulator for complementary therapists including Nutritional Therapists. Following successful completion of one of our accredited routes to nutritional therapy practice you will be eligible to apply to register with CNHC as a Nutritional Therapist.

BANT is a professional body for Nutritional Therapists that have completed NTEC accredited courses, or have demonstrated having met the NTEC Core Curriculum and National Occupational Standards set by Skills for Health for nutritional therapy. Practitioner members of BANT are required to register with the CNHC.

The Northern College of Acupuncture recognises the Nutritional Therapy Diploma Course (NTDC) at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition as degree-equivalent prior learning for admission to the MSc Advanced Nutrition (Research & Practice) for NTDC graduates who do not hold an initial honours degree.