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Nutritional Therapist

This accredited home study Nutritional Therapist Diploma Course is ideal for anyone who wants to become a Nutritional Therapist and set up their own practice with insurance and professional registration. When you become a Nutritional Therapist you will be able to look at a client’s diet and recommend changes to address a variety of diet-related health problems. This Open University style, distance learning and online Diploma course, has been designed with flexibility in mind and can be completed over 2 years part-time.

The Nutritional Therapist programme comprises of 8 Units of Nutrition and 6 Units of Anatomy & Physiology. There is a 3 Day Clinical Workshop and the course is equivalent to a NVQ Level 5.

Nutritional Therapist Course

Units: 1-4 (Level 1)
Units: 5-8 (Level 2)
Study Hours: 700-800
Time: Estimated 12/18 months (timing up to you)
Enrolment period: 3 years (with option to extend)
Books: 2 books included & a book list is required
Study Options: Correspondence (paper) or e-learning (online)

Anatomy & Physiology for Nutrition Course

Units: 1-6
Study Hours: 150-200
Time: Estimated 9/12 months (timing up to you)
Enrolment period: 3 years (with option to extend)
Books: Included with the course
Study Options: Correspondence (paper) or e-learning (online)

The Nutritional Therapist programme includes the Anatomy & Physiology Course. Each course takes around 1 year to complete (if you do 8-12 hours of study a week) however we grant a 3 year study period so you have plenty of time and flexibility. Read more about the Anatomy & Physiology Course. If you have prior learning in Anatomy & Physiology and do not require this element of the Nutritional Practitioner programme then please contact us about the possibility of exemption.

Case studies

You will be provided with an example case study to show the format for case taking, and also have the opportunity to watch a video of a live consultation. There are then 5 sample cases to complete, plus one live case that you will find for yourself. This will enable you to put your theoretical learning into practice, and receive feedback on your case taking technique, as well as your dietary and supplement prescriptions.

3 Day Clinical Practice

Students are required to come to a 3 Day Event (21 hours) of face-to-face study. Courses run annually from Stroud, Gloucestershire. The price of the 3 Day Event is included in your course fee but if it is not taken in the 2 year study period then a top-up fee may be required. Please note there is an additional £50 registration fee payable at the time of booking the event. International students who are completely unable to come to the UK for this event will be permitted to gain the face-to-face clinical learning locally – please contact us for more details.


Successful completion of the above leads to the: Nutritional Therapist Diploma (NT.Dip).

Why nutrition?

Diet, food and health have never been discussed so much in our lives and media as it is today. There are many health issue attributed to poor diet. For example the wrong food can lead to a lack of energy, weight gain, digestive problems and contribute to depression and anxiety. That’s why there is a growing awareness of nutrition and a demand for good advice and qualified Nutritional Practitioners.

Our distance-learning nutrition course is designed to give you a holistic and comprehensive education in nutrition.

  • If you struggle to find time to study every day at a traditional college, this home learning course is an ideal solution.
  • You can study whenever you want and at your own pace. There are generous time frames and you can re-enrol to extend study periods. You could complete your course in 12 months (if you have the free time) or 24 or 36 months – it’s up to you.
  • There are no exams, work is marked by stringent continual assessment. Thousands of students have studied with us from home and enjoyed full support from a tutor.


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