Training professionals in nutritional therapy since 1984.


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Why study at ION?Validation and accreditation

One of the longest standing providers of nutritional therapy training in the UK, we put our students at the centre of everything we do to ensure your experience with us is second to none and that you get the support and guidance needed to reach your goals and ambitions.

We pride ourselves on delivering flexible, research-informed courses taught by supportive and highly experienced lecturers, clinicians, specialist practitioners and industry experts.

This course has been specifically designed to take you to being a fully qualified registered nutritional therapist, and, following the latest requirements of BANT, will give you a degree level qualification. 

Why study nutrition at ION?

ION’S strong reputation and external recognition:

Designed with flexibility in mind:

  • Flexible campus and distance learning study modes which make it easy for you to balance the course with work and personal commitments
  • Clear modular structure that enables you to study over four and a half years to eight years so that you can fit studying into your current lifestyle
  • Fast track pathway to bachelor’s degree for qualified nutritional therapists.

High quality teaching and support:

  • Level 6: You will receive high-quality clinical training at Level 6 when studying the degree, thoroughly preparing you for life in professional practice
  • Expert tutors and innovative teaching that is fully supported by a range of interactive tools and materials via RelION, your virtual learning tool
  • Be part of something big - ION is proud to partner with WeCudos, a sophisticated and powerful outcomes tracking platform used for clinical research. WeCudos brings clinical trial grade evidence capability to ION, allowing ION’s students to deliver nutrition and lifestyle medicine related outcomes data to the mainstream. 
  • We provide extensive student support through our personal tutors, level leaders, module coordinators and study skills development programme, alongside access to the University of Portsmouth’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK)

Get ready to practice:

  • Our training clinics provide you with ‘real world’ learning opportunities to observe practice, and develop your clinical skills under expert supervision. ION is known for the level of support we give our students in developing these clinical practice skills. Our team of experienced training clinic supervisors, led by the clinical module’s coordinator, build on the learning that takes place in each of the three clinical modules

Be part of our community:

  • Join our active alumni community when you graduate. Our students are very important to us - and this doesn't end once you graduate. On completion of your studies you will be invited to become a member of our Alumni Community, a helpful source of information for those working in, or with an interest in, nutrition and its impact on health and wellbeing.
  • Additionally, graduates will also become members of the University of Portsmouth Alumni and have access to discounts on further education courses.

* Guardian University Guide 2020 

Validation and accreditation

The BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy is validated by the University of Portsmouth, a leading modern university and TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) gold rated. As a UK top 25 institution, it is recognised globally for its research.

Additionally, the Institute for Optimum Nutrition is uniquely dual-accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) and the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC).

The BAC provides a comprehensive quality assurance scheme for independent further and higher education in the UK. Its accreditation is globally recognised as the clearest mark of educational quality in the private sector.

NTEC accreditation means the course is accredited against the National Occupational Standards for nutritional therapy. External review through the external examiner system ensures professional body requirements are met.

On successful completion of the course, ION graduates can apply to join the nutritional therapists’ professional register, the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), allowing them to apply for the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) professional body membership and to practise as a fully qualified registered nutritional therapist.