The first step towards becoming a fully qualified registered nutritional therapist


The Science Access course consists of three core modules: Chemistry, Biology, and Human Anatomy and Physiology. The course is online and is specifically designed for those with little or no existing knowledge of these areas, and is designed for those who wish to go on to study our BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy.

Whether you have been away from formal education, need to refresh your knowledge in a particular area, or just don’t have the right qualifications to join the undergraduate degree, this course will enable you to progress on to the next level of study and into the profession.


Why choose Science Access at ION?

As an ION student, you’ll be able to take advantage of sector-leading developments in online learning. You will have 24/7 access to our RelION, our online virtual learning environment, which provides a wide range of resources, video and audio materials, a full-text scientific database, student chat rooms, tutoring forums and more, enabling you to study when and where suits you. 

  • Successful completion of this course enables you to progress on to study the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy
  • Study one, two or all three of the course modules depending on your individual needs and career ambitions
  • Online study makes it easy for you to balance the course with work and personal commitment
  • Module coordinators are available via email, phone and video and during scheduled weekly call times to provide you with additional support  
  • Your learning will be fully supported by a range of interactive tools and materials found on RelION, our online virtual learning environment

This 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.

If you don’t have a science background, see what our students say about studying the Science Access course.


College accreditation

The Institute for Optimum Nutrition is accredited by the British Accreditation Council. The BAC provides a comprehensive quality assurance scheme for independent further and higher education in the UK, and their accreditation is recognised as the clearest mark of educational quality in the private sector.



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