Our students come from all walks of life and many have had an established career.


We look not only for academic ability but also for the personal qualities that people need and expect in a good practitioner.

In all applicants, we also look for the right aptitude and attitude; we want to be sure that you will benefit from your course and that you will be able to complete it successfully.

Applications are assessed against academic and non-academic selection criteria. Qualification documents or evidence of recognised prior learning (RPL) must be provided as evidence of meeting academic criteria.

If you have relevant RPL, you can apply for exemption for up to two thirds of corresponding modules of the courses.

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



BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy C0501PTC and C0503PTD

2 A-Levels (160 UCAS) equivalent, with one subject in a relevant science

A*-C in Maths and English at Level 2/ GCSE equivalent



Other academic criteria (all courses)

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



Non-academic criteria (all courses)

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 applications, and 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 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.