Are you considering training as a Nutritional Therapist?
The Nutritional Therapy Council (NTC) accredits courses against the National Occupational Standards (NOS) in Nutritional Therapy and the NTC Core Curriculum. The National Occupational Standards are developed and updated by Skills for Health, which is the Sector Skills Council for the healthcare sector, licensed by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills. The Core Currriculum has been compiled by the NTC and is based on the NOS for Nutritional Therapy.
By selecting to study with one of our accredited training providers you will be able to ensure that your course meets the Core Curriculum requirements and meets the NOS and has high standards of education and training.
The NTC's accreditation procedures involve a rigorous two stage process:
Stage 1 is a provisional stage and training providers at this stage may be working on readiness for the full accreditation at Stage 2. Institutions carry out an exhaustive self- evaluation of their educational methods and standards according to criteria set by the NTC.
Stage 2 is full accreditation. The course programme is thoroughly assessed against the Core Curriculum required to achieve the National Occupational Standards. Trained accreditation assessors:
- review course documentation
- hold discussions with the course teaching team and administrators, students and graduates
- evaluate the evidence from external examiners' reports and students' assessed work
- observe teaching in the classroom and the clinic
Graduates of courses that have been fully accredited to Stage 2 are eligible to apply for direct entry to the professional register held by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), which is supported by the Department of Health.
Training providers may have differences in course formats, examinations and entry requirements but, by selecting an NTC-accredited training provider, you can be confident of taking a course that is designed to deliver professional training and high quality academic content. Specific information about each course, its prospectus, application procedures, fees and its work towards accreditation can be obtained by contacting the institution direct.
All of the training providers listed below are part of the NTC accreditation process. Their current accreditation status is noted.
As a regulatory body, the NTC is unable to give personal advice to prospective students. Anyone wishing to study nutritional therapy should enquire of the training institutes about the features of their courses and make their choice after suitable due diligence. Please refer to the bottom of this page for further information.
Fully Accredited Courses
These are courses that have completed Stage 2 and substantially meet the requirements of the NTC.
BCNH - UK College of Nutrition and Health
Suite 17 & 18, Barkat House,
116 - 118 Finchley Road,
Tel: 0207 433 2555
Course - BCNH Diploma in Nutritional Therapy/BSc Professional Practice in Health and Social Care (Nutritional Health) with clinical training
Centre For Nutrition Education and Lifestyle Management
2 Edward Court,
Tel: 0118 979 8686
Course - BSc Hons Nutritional Therapy / Fast Track + PG Cert Nutritional Therapy + Practitioner Development
Course - BSc Hons Nutritional Science + Practice Diploma
Course - MSc / PG Dip in Personalised Nutrition + Practice Diploma
The College of Naturopathic Medicine
Institute for Optimum Nutrition
Northern College of Acupuncture
University of West London
Nutrition and Human Sciences,
4th Floor Paragon House,
Boston Manor Road,
Tel: 0208 209 4421/4408
Course - BSc/BSc(Hons) Nutritional Therapy
University of Worcester
Stage 2 Accreditation Work in Progress
The following training providers are currently progressing towards Stage 2 Accreditation and are at various stages within this process. You should contact the training provider to ascertain the current status.
Westminster University School of Integrated Health
NB. Until courses are fully accredited the Nutritional Therapy Council cannot take any responsibility for students enrolling on any of the courses listed above. Any prospective student of nutritional therapy wishing to enrol before a course is accredited should enquire of their chosen training institute:
- (a) Is it solvent?
- (b) How long has it been established? What is its track record?
- (c) What are the qualifications and experience of its teaching staff?
- (d) What proportion of the training is clinical practice?
- (e) When does its course expect to receive full accreditation?
- (f) The status of its academic qualification: diploma or degree.
As a general guide:
- Training to meet the competencies laid down in the National Occupational Standards will require in-depth study of the health sciences
- There are no exemptions from clinical practice for other health professionals