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Can I start the course at any time?

We are currently accepting applications. Please read carefully all the information on this website and if you have any questions please call us on 01732461307 or 07904 263480. If you have decided you would like to apply please email for a copy of your application form to info@naturalhealthcarecollege.com 

Once we receive your application you will be contacted by phone or skype (for overseas students) for a short interview. Once accepted you will receive an enrolment form which once signed means that you can start straight away.

Do I have to live in the UK to be a student of Natural Healthcare College?

No, but you must be able to attend the compulsory tutorials  (and arrange your visa if necessary) that are held at various venues in the UK, currently London and Milton Keynes. We cannot guarantee tutorial locations.

Once we receive your application you will be contacted by phone or skype (for overseas students) for a short interview. Once accepted you will receive an enrolment form which once signed means that you can start straight away.

Do I have to be British to enrol?

No, but you must have an excellent command of the English language. If English isn’t your first language, please be aware that the standard of written English required for successful completion of the course is very high. As the course progresses, students are asked to produce comprehensive case reports where they are expected to interpret technical information relevant to the case, and then produce a professional-looking document where the technical information has been explained in terms that a member of the public could be expected to understand. This is an area where many students who don’t have English as their first language have found the course quite difficult, and it has influenced their ability to successfully complete the course.

Do I need any special qualifications to enrol?

No but you must have a good command of English language and comprehension (and be able to communicate well in English, both verbally and in writing); and ideally one science GCSE plus Maths and English GCSEs or equivalent is advisable although not compulsory. If English isn’t your first language, please be aware that the standard of written English required for successful completion of the course is very high. As the course progresses, students are asked to produce comprehensive case reports where they are expected to interpret technical information relevant to the case, and then produce a professional-looking document where the technical information has been explained in terms that a member of the public could be expected to understand. This is an area where many students who don’t have English as their first language have found the course quite difficult, and it has influenced their ability to successfully complete the course. A good standard of education is desirable, or equivalent workplace experience. This course is set at a level above UK A Level standard. For Stage Two, students must be able to communicate to the standard equivalent to Level 7 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). If you are not sure about embarking on the Nutrition Advisor course why don’t you have a look at our short courses which provide a very useful introduction or contact us for a chat about your options?

Science wasn't my strong point at school - is that a problem?

Whilst science does not have to be your strong point, some science training is important. You’ll learn about biochemistry but this isn’t like the chemistry and physics taught at school. However we do ask what Science qualifications you have achieved and typically look for at least one GCSE level (or equivalent) science qualification.

How long will it take me to complete the Nutrition Advisor course?

You should be able to complete this course in around 9 – 12 months depending on how much time you have available for studying.

Will I receive a diploma at the end of the Nutrition Advisor course?

Yes, you’ll still receive the diploma – it’s good to have something to show for all the work you’ve done at that stage of training.

How long will it take me to complete the Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy course?

This course is split into 2 stages:

  • Stage One (this is the same as our Nutritional Advisor course) should be completed in around 9-12 months.
  • Stage Two Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy incorporating Clinical Practice. This should be completed in around 20-24 months.

Will I get a diploma at the end of the Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy course?

Yes, after successful completion of both stages which includes Clinical Practice, you’ll receive a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy diploma.

Is the Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy course recognised by a reputable professional body?

Yes, it is fully accredited by the Naturopathic Nutrition Association (NNA) and the General Naturopathic Council (GNC). The NNA is a member organisation of the General Naturopathic Council (GNC). The GNC is the UK professions council for naturopathic education. Our graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the NNA and for registration with the GNC at the level of Associate Naturopath.

Will I be able to practice when I complete the Nutrition Advisor course?

Yes you will be able to practice as a qualified Nutritional Advisor. However even though at the end of this level of training our graduates will have acquired a huge amount of knowledge, they are not qualified to help address a diagnosed medical condition. However, they are able to offer advice to people who want to achieve or maintain optimal health. You’ll find more information about the skills of a Nutrition Advisor on our ‘Courses’ page.

Will I be able to practice when I complete the Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy course or will I need any further training?

You’ll have the skills needed to set up in practice. Our aim is that every graduate of the college will be both competent and confident to establish a naturopathic nutritional therapy practice. After successful completion of the course, some graduates study other complementary therapy skills that may interest them but with their Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy diploma they are ready to set up in practice.

Will I be able to obtain professional insurance?

Yes, graduates of our Nutrition Advisor and Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist courses are eligible to apply for discounted professional insurance via the Naturopathic Nutrition Association’s block scheme with a UK insurance company.

Do you have an Equal Opportunities Policy?

Yes we do. The College is committed to equal opportunities for all including the enrolment of students, tutor vacancies and selection of volunteer clients for Clinical Practice tutorials. There shall be no discrimination on the basis of gender, age, race, religion, belief, sexual orientation, disability or (in the case of tutors) rate of pay. This policy covers all current legislation. All tutors shall respect and act in accordance to the policy with regards to the treatment of students and (where applicable) selection of volunteer clients. Both bullying and harassment are totally unacceptable whether this involves students behaving this way towards another student or to a tutor, or to a tutor behaving this way towards to a student. The College Principal has overall responsibility for the policy.

What is the level of qualification for your courses

Most qualifications have a difficulty level. In the UK there are 9 qualification (difficulty) levels, ranging from a very basic entry level to the award of a PhD.

Level 3 is set at the standard of A or AS level awards. Level 4 is the progression to Higher Education standards with the award of a diploma. Our Nutrition Advisor (Stage 1) course is set at a minimum standard of Level 4 with some Level 5 elements included. Our accrediting bodies consider that Level 4 is the minimum standard to be able to competently work as a Nutrition Advisor.

Level 5 is ‘Foundation Degree’ level. This is the standard that forms the basis of our Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist (Stage 2) course.  Some of the Level 6 elements are also incorporated into this level of training. Our accrediting bodies consider that training to Level 5 is the standard required to be able to competently and safely work as a Nutritional Therapist.

Information about qualification levels can be found here

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