Nutritional therapy degree top-up

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 ensure you get the support and guidance needed to reach your goals and ambitions.

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

Meet the Dean, Heather Rosa, and hear about her journey into nutritional therapy.


Why choose the nutritional therapy top up course?

Gain your degree with an internationally-acclaimed provider

  • 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 universities – the University of Portsmouth is globally recognised for its research. (NB Attendance courses take place in Richmond, London, not Portsmouth.)
  • 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 speed and flexibility in mind

When you take a top up Nutritional Therapy degree with ION, we offer: 

  • Online study (from February 2022).
  • A clear, modular structure that clearly states what you need to do to top up your current qualifications, and which offers flexibility so that you can fit studying into your lifestyle.
  • The opportunity to use your experience in your study, giving you the chance to use your real-world practice. 

High quality teaching and continuous support

When you study with ION, we provide:

  • Expert tutors and innovative teaching that is fully supported by a range of interactive tools and materials via RelION, your virtual learning environment.
  • Personal tutors, level leaders, module coordinators and a 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. 

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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