Nutritional Therapist

Professional Diploma Level 5

Accredited by CPD.
Approved by IICT and underwriters for membership and insurance.

Learn to identify nutrient deficiencies and build tailored nutritional programmes

  • We all produce thousands of potential cancer cells per day, so how can we protect ourselves?
  • Recognise the impact of food on DNA expression and learn to do a nutrient check-up
  • Discover 160 super-foods that deliver the most nutrients per calorie and the functions of over 100 micronutrients
  • Perform client assessments and detect nutrient deficiencies
  • Build personalised food plans and monitor symptom improvements
  • Put forward nutritional recommendations for over 40 common health conditions
  • Packed with printable tools to use with clients right away: questionnaires, workbooks, trackers, and legal forms
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I enjoyed everything, one of the benefits is you work from home in your own time so it's very flexible. The downloadable print outs were very helpful as well.5stars

Tracy Brown (Leeds, West Yorkshire)

Enhancing my knowledge by getting the science behind my own understanding and use.5stars

Scott Pirie (Croyde, Braunton, UK)

Learn to detect nutritional deficiencies.

Printable workbooks and symptom assessments:

  • Antioxidant Assessment™ with Scores and Recommendations
  • Nutritional Deficiencies Assessment™
  • Symptom Results and Nutrient Requirements tools
  • Diet Planning Workbook™
  • Required Foods Identifier
  • Personalising Shopping Lists
  • Antioxidants Shopping List
  • Food and Symptom Journal
  • Symptom Reassessment tool
  • Session Summary Handouts
  • Client Health Check Questionnaire
Full curriculum

17 modules • 60 CPD hours • videos • workbooks

Course overview

  • Introduction to Nutritional Therapy
  • Genetic Adaptations to Nutrition
  • Changing gene expression
  • Switching genes on and off
  • How food changes your DNA
  • Free radicals and DNA damage
  • How to test your antioxidant capacity
  • Antioxidant foods for longevity and disease prevention
  • Nature’s Pharmacy: Polyphenols and phytochemicals
  • Fibre: the antioxidant trafficker
  • Probiotics: Nature’s Antibiotics
  • Essential Nutrients and Antioxidants
  • How to detect nutritional deficiencies
  • How to create a personalised nutritional programme
  • How to structure client consultations
  • How to monitor nutritional programmes
  • Health benefits and micronutrients in 160 superfoods
  • Nutritional advice for over 40 health conditions
  • Your role as a Nutritional Therapist
  • Setting up or expanding your practice

Detailed course curriculum

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Test for nutrient deficiencies on your own

  • Nutritional Deficiencies Assessment™ with scores nutrient by nutrient
  • Includes results and personalised recommendations
  • Plus workbooks to build personalised programmes, monitor and reassess symptoms

Skills Lab™ : Instantly apply your knowledge!

Practise the techniques taught in your course before seeing real clients through guided field tasks, practical assignments, questionnaires, idea banks creation, and games. Learn how your classmates are doing and stay motivated!

A complete blueprint for you

Templates for immediate use with clients. Assessment tools to personalise programmes. Planning kits to use in your practice. Methods you won't find anywhere else!

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Upon graduation you'll have instant access to your very own Certificate in PDF format, issued in your name, signed and dated. You can save it, print it or share it with someone else.
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When you join, you'll also get:

  • Unlimited access to your course lessons, worksheets and planning tools, including all future updates
  • PDF files for all key materials – you can open, save or print these at your convenience
  • Printable templates to use with clients right away: Questionnaires, programme planners, intake assessments, client workbooks, progress trackers, scripts, session handouts, shopping lists, recipes, health checks, and legal forms
  • Interactive, automatically graded online quizzes which you need to complete before moving onto your next module
  • A fully automatically graded final exam (Score > 80% and you have passed…. No retake fees!)
  • Interactive questionnaires and polls – add your voice and see what your fellow students say
  • SKILLS LAB™ – guided tasks, learning tasks, worksheets, idea banks creation, and games. Instantly apply what you learn and stay motivated by comparing how your classmates are doing!
  • Video training in key modules, with guided learning tasks and practical workbooks
  • Glossary, conversions guide and additional resources with examples, science or reference research
  • Instant PDF certificate upon completion in your name, signed and dated by your course director
  • Achievement badge to display on your website, business card and marketing materials
  • 24/7 access to the Learner Services portal
  • Free bonus modules: Health Benefits and Nutritional Values of 160 Superfoods (worth £99) and Nutritional Advice for Over 40 Health Conditions (worth £79)
  • And none of it expires!

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Have any questions?

  • Q.What are the entry requirements for this course?

    A.There are no entry requirements other than being at least 16 years of age and a willingness to jump in, learn your way around, and have fun!

  • Q.Do I need any specific background, experience or qualification to Start?

    A.No pre-requisite of any science background is required. High school level science can be helpful. No prior experience and/or educational paperwork are required.

  • Q.How many REPs CPD points will I earn?

    A.Once you have successfully completed your training and purchased the optional SkillsActive Professional Add-on Module, you will receive 6 REPs CPD points. In order to redeem your REPs CPD points, please record them in your online REPs portal. Please note that this applies to Level 3 Qualified REPs members only who have joined by 1 December 2016.

  • Q.Do you send me any materials in the post?

    A.The entire course is online. You can download and print all of your materials, including your client worksheets and planning tools. Don’t worry if you don’t have a printer, in addition to your online access, we can courier your course pack once you’ve registered your course for an additional fee. Upon registration, you’ll be given this option so you can instantly order your course pack.

  • Q.Is there a deadline to complete my course?

    A.No, there are no fixed deadlines. Our programme allows you to be 100% in control of your own time. In other words, you are in charge of your own study agenda. This puts you in the driving seat and increases the enjoyment of your learning experience. What’s more, you have lifetime access to your course, which means that it is yours forever to keep, including all future updates and new content!

  • Q.How long does it take to complete the course?

    A.You can do it as quickly or slowly as you wish. Our programme allows you to be 100% in control of your own time. In other words, you are in charge of your own study agenda. This puts you in the driving seat and increases the enjoyment of your learning experience.

  • Q.Do I need any special software to complete my course?

    A.No special operating system is required. You need a computer and internet access. Upon registration, we help you navigate the online system and also provide access to our 24/7 Interactive Learner Services portal.

  • Q.Do I have to submit written assignments?

    A.No. Instead, you are presented with learning checks built into each module, guided Skills Lab™ tasks, worksheets, student games and polls, practical self-assignments and online tests. This way you won’t feel stuck over the composition and marking of written tasks. What’s more, your study time is reduced so you can concentrate on what really matters: Applying your newly acquired knowledge to real life situations!

  • Q.What assessments are in there?

    A.At the end of each module, there is a multiple choice quiz based on the readings and lesson materials. The purpose of the quizzes is to enhance your retention of the material. You are permitted to refer to the module lessons and other notes during the quizzes. There is no time limit and you have an unlimited number of attempts to take the quiz. You will see feedback on your correct and incorrect answers after you pass. At the end of the course, there is a final theory exam (online), covering what you have learned in all modules. Upon successful completion of your final exam with a final score of 80% or above, you will receive your certificate.

  • Q.If I fail the final exam, do you charge any fees to retake it?

    A.No, there are no additional fees to retake your final theory exam. In fact, you will be able to retake it instantly (online), without any further administrative step. You are permitted to refer to the module lessons and other notes during your final exam. There is no time limit and you have an unlimited number of attempts to take it.

  • Q.Can the course help with my career?

    A.Absolutely! The course is packed with Downloadable Client Materials and Session Handouts that will help you establish or expand your nutritional practice.

    You final module covers the key professional, legal, tax, and insurance considerations in order to set up your practice. In there, we also provide you with downloadable legal templates for you to print and use as soon as you start seeing clients.

    We also offer an optional, premium Clinic Toolkit™ packed with intelligent forms to help start or enhance your practice.

  • Q.Do I need to finish the course within 12 months?

    A.No, there are no fixed deadlines and you can take as long as you need to complete it. You can finish it in a few weeks or in a couple of years, at your own pace. Plus, you have lifetime access to your course systems and materials, both before and after graduation, including all future updates and new research. This way, you’re supported with content that is current and fresh throughout your entire practice. If you have a gift voucher, we suggest your redeem it as soon as possible – and then start your course lessons whenever you are ready later on.

  • Q.How many hours per week do you recommend I study for?

    A.It depends on how quickly you would like to complete your certification. You can study for as many hours per week as your work and social life allows. The guided learning hours to complete this course: 60 hours.

  • Q.Is the course accredited or recognised by an awarding body?

    A.Yes. It has been accredited by CPD (the official certification service for Continuing Professional Development, which carries both UK and international recognition), and approved by IICT (the International Institute for Complementary Therapists) for professional membership and insurance.

    You can find out more about our awarding bodies HERE.

  • Q.Are there any hidden charges?

    A.Everything we’ve detailed above these Frequently Asked Questions is included in your price! You’ll have the choice to select optional add-ons (entirely up to you if you want them or not), such as a printed course pack by post or a professional add-on registration module for CPD. Not all of our graduates seek to evidence a professional recognition, so we’ve made it optional and those who don’t need it won’t have to pay extra. We also offer an optional, premium Clinic Toolkit™ packed with intelligent forms to help start or enhance your practice. Contact us if you require further information.

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The Health Sciences Academy ® is the largest online educator on nutrition science in the UK, focusing on science-based certification courses recognised by government-regulated awarding bodies, from Sports and Exercise Nutrition, to Clinical Weight Loss, to Advanced Supplements.

Our online lessons and practical materials are 100% engineered by our very own team of scientists and researchers. This way, we provide students with reliable science-based knowledge and hands-on tools, helping them to develop their own expertise. As opposed to passive learning, we encourage an active and creative discovery, whilst offering a gradual and interactive learning experience.

Through an easy to use state-of-the-art multimedia platform, students can take interactive quizzes, participate in live polls, complete online assessments, download printable worksheets for use with their clients, and put their knowledge in practice through Skills Lab™. There is nothing else like it.