What you can expect during your studies at ION


We want to support your learning and progress throughout your time with ION. We achieve this in five ways:

  • Experienced teaching staff who are expert and active researchers in their fields
  • Varied and extensive learning materials to accommodate all learning styles  
  • Interactive and stimulating lessons and teaching techniques
  • Multiple methods of support – we are always available to answer your questions or concerns
  • Extensive practical clinical experience alongside academic study


Expert lecturers

Our lecturers and clinical supervisors, collectively, have many years of experience. They are active researchers, involved in the forefront of nutritional therapy innovation and leading the development of the profession, advising on committees, including the professional standards bodies.


Tailored learning materials

At ION, we recognise that students have their own learning styles and our courses are carefully designed to utilise a wide variety of academic and practical teaching tools, including: 

  • Focused group tasks
  • Focused individual tasks
  • Keynote lectures, all of which are recorded
  • Guided pre-and post- lecture reading
  • Individual, as well as small group, tutorials
  • Interactive online formative tests
  • Online forums
  • Peer-to-peer learning
  • Small group projects
  • Student-led presentations
  • Video and audio multimedia resources
  • Webinars
  • Interactive workshops
  • Hands-on clinical experiences

Real world learning = prepared for practice

Whilst academic knowledge is essential for all nutrition and healthcare professionals, understanding how that knowledge is applied in the real world to support real people with real issues is essential.

Developing strong clinical skills, as well as the confidence to work successfully with the general public and other practitioners, is critical for those wishing to enter the profession.

Watch to find out about ION’s clinic experience.

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Continued support

Guided discussions (in class and online) and regular contact with module coordinators and level leaders via email, phone and video sessions will ensure that you get all of the academic and pastoral guidance and support you need. 

We pride ourselves on the high level of both academic and non-academic support we offer to all of our students, ensuring that you get the most out of your time with us.

Throughout your studies, you will:

  • Be provided with learning support by dedicated tutors, via email and telephone
  • Be advised of core learning strategies to maximise your learning
  • Get specific academic support, from module coordinator, when undertaking assignments
  • Have access to the Academic Support Tutor for additional support regarding core academic skills 
  • Be guaranteed high-quality support as a result of audits undertaken by level leaders throughout the year
  • Have any non-academic issues smoothly resolved by the Academic Administration department.

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

As the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy is validated by the University of Portsmouth, you will also have access to the university’s physical and digital libraries.

As part of our commitment to maximising your learning experience, we have embedded study skills within the curriculum of our courses. You will have access to our study skills hub, high-quality repositories of open educational resources, and in-house materials covering core academic skills including writing, referencing, evaluation, critical and reflective thinking, and academic integrity. 


Our expectations and your commitment

Our overriding expectation of our students is that they have an absorbing and engaging experience throughout their time on the course. 

We are often so impressed by the wonderful commitment shown by many of our students to their study, despite them having busy professional and personal lives.

Practically, we request that students should allocate approximately 15-20 hours a week to cover their learning. This will include guided reading and viewing lectures, researching and writing assignments, preparing for workshops or forum activities, and for consultations (clinical training modules only). In addition, all students will be required to maintain a reflective journal and personal development portfolio, throughout their course.

Course assessments are varied and include essays, exams, research critiques, business plans, reflective narratives, case studies, clinical role-play and consultations with paying clients, depending on the module.

Your module coordinators will prepare you to succeed by providing clear, written and video-presented assessment criteria. In some modules, you will co-create these criteria. Exemplars are used for exercises, discussion forums and formative exercises.


Continual improvement

Feedback is important to us and we continually look to improve what we do. Through RelION, our online virtual learning space, you can communicate directly with the Dean. 

Student-elected representatives also meet with the faculty and academic support services at biannual Student Voice committees. In addition, every student is invited to contribute and share their ideas.


Have any questions? Please book a call with us.


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