Innovative nutritional therapy practice taught to you by experienced, supportive experts


At ION, we put our students at the centre of everything we do to ensure your experience with us is second to none. We want to provide the support and guidance needed to reach your own 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 degree course has been specifically designed to take you to being a fully qualified registered nutritional therapist, following the requirements of the British Association For Nutrition And Lifestyle Medicine (BANT).

Why choose this nutritional therapy course?

Hear from Paula Werrett, Head of Undergraduate Courses.

Become fully qualified and ready to practice

When you take the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy degree with ION, you can be assured that by the time you have graduated you will have everything you need to be a confident and proficient nutritional therapist. 

The degree course is widely respected, meaning that you can be assured that you have chosen:

  • A reputable and established training provider – ION was one of the first UK providers of nutritional therapy training and our respected courses have an international reputation for excellence across the industry.
  • A course validated by one of the UK’s top modern universities – the University of Portsmouth is Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) gold rated, and globally recognised for its research. 
  • A higher education course fully accredited by BAC BAC provides a comprehensive quality assurance scheme, recognised worldwide by students, agents and government officials as the clearest mark of educational quality. 
  • A degree fully accredited by the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission – upon successful completion you can become a registered nutritional therapist, join the professional body and register with the regulatory body, BANT.

Designed with flexibility in mind

When you take a BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy degree with ION, we understand the need for:

  • Flexible online learning study, which make it easy for you to balance the course with work and personal commitments.
  • A clear modular structure that enables you to study between four and a half years up to eight years, if you need to, so that you can fit studying into your current lifestyle.
  • A fast-track option for qualified nutritional therapists with a diploma and/or extensive experience. Learn more about the top degree pathway.

High quality teaching and continuous support

When you study with ION, we promise to provide:

  • Expert tutors and innovative teaching that is fully supported by a range of interactive tools and materials via RelION, your virtual learning tool.
  • Tutors, level leaders, module coordinators and our study skills development programme, alongside access to the University of Portsmouth’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK), to support your learning.
  • Varied and comprehensive course content based on innovation, the latest research and best practice guidance, that is leading industry reform.
  • Extensive and high-quality clinical training, with a team of experienced training clinic supervisors, ensuring that you are thoroughly prepared for working in professional practice.

Learn more about our innovative Level 6 Clinical Practice modules - giving you excellent practical experience

Once an ION student, always an ION student

When you take a nutritional therapy qualification with ION, it is the start of a lifelong relationship with us. We actively encourage you to:

  • Be part of our community – stay in touch and share your successes.
  • Continue your professional development – after you graduate, continue your professional development with our short courses and our ongoing support.
  • Join our active alumni community – become a member of our Alumni Community, where you can access details of internal and external CPD events, job opportunities, discount, networking events and the chance to contribute to the ION magazine, Optimum Nutrition.
  • Take advantage of the University of Portsmouth Alumni entitlements – you will also be eligible for these, giving you access to discounts on further education courses.


    Validation and accreditation

    The BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy is validated by the University of Portsmouth, UK.

    Additionally, the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) 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 their degree, 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.


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