Nutrition Advisor course content - Natural Healthcare College

Stage 1: Nutrition advisor: course content

Understanding this qualification from the Natural Healthcare College


The Stage One Nutrition Advisor diploma course is divided into 6 modules that are fully referenced, providing you with research data on a wealth of topics. Most of the study can take place in the comfort of your own home. In order to comply with course accrediting bodies, attendance at a minimum of 1 x two-day (Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday) tutorial is required before the end of module 6. Tutorials during 2019 are planned to be held in London and Milton Keynes although we cannot guarantee locations.

Upon completion of each module there is a written homework assignment to submit for assessment. Written feedback is given for each assignment. The overall emphasis of course assignments is for you to demonstrate your ability to give clear and accurate nutritional/dietary/lifestyle advice. Students are asked to produce comprehensive case reports. For this reason we require a high standard of written English. The modules form the first six of our Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy course so should you decide to apply to continue your studies and move on to the next stage, you will not need to start a completely new course

While the emphasis of the course is on nutrients and lifestyle factors such as the influences of stress and physical inactivity, in order to give appropriate advice it’s vital to understand how the human body functions and how its different systems interact with one another (anatomy and physiology). Our integration of these at strategic points is aimed to help students associate the structure and functions of the body in relation to how inappropriate diet and lifestyle can cause disruption of normal processes (pathology). Whilst science does not have to be a major strength, it is essential to have some science training (a minimum of one science GCSE or equivalent). The science isn’t the chemistry and physics taught at school; anatomy and physiology and biochemistry are fascinating subjects and their inclusion in the course is aimed to help you gain a deeper understanding of the effects nutrients have in the body. Many students who were initially somewhat in awe of this science of biochemistry found they developed a deep passion for it as they discovered the web-like interactions of the body’s organs and systems that profoundly affect us all.

“I really enjoyed the Nutrition Advisor Diploma course and became increasingly enthralled by the subject as the course progressed. It can be a challenge to stay focused when undertaking distance learning because of the distractions of family, work and so on, but I found that the college, and especially my tutor Jackie, helped enormously to keep me on track, and the thrill of passing the exam at the end cannot be over-emphasised!”

Fiona, Kent

Our integrated approach to learning incorporates the following topics:

  • Anatomy, physiology, pathology and pathophysiology, chiefly in respect of the digestive sysem
  • Basic biochemistry
  • Causes and triggers of disease in relation to digestive complaints and blood sugar control
  • Carbohydrates, proteins and fats (lipids)
  • Bowel flora
  • Beverages
  • The influence on health of macronutrients, micronutrients, vitamins and minerals
  • The influences of lifestyle and environment on health
  • The influence of stress on the digestive system
  • The vital role played by diet in issues such as type 2 diabetes, energy production, fatigue and stress control
  • Weight control and obesity in children and adults
  • Dietary requirements through life stages
  • Food labelling and health claims
  • Evidence-based research of modern nutrition

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