The course may suit people wanting to embark on a career in complementary and alternative medicine, or for existing practitioners who wish to gain a qualification in Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy.
No previous complementary therapy skills are required. As this course is set at a standard equivalent to Levels 4 and 5 of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (note the next stage after UK A levels), a good standard of education is required, or equivalent work-related experience.
A good knowledge of English language and comprehension is expected and required. Students must be able to communicate to the standard equivalent to Level 7 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 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.
Upon successful completion of Stage Two Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy incorporating Clinical Practice graduates will be awarded a Diploma in Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy, enabling them to apply for membership of a professional body – the Naturopathic Nutrition Association (NNA) – to apply for professional insurance cover and to set up in practice. Membership of the NNA entitles our graduates to apply for registration with the General Naturopathic Council (GNC). A Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy diploma will qualify our graduates for registration with the GNC at the level of Associate Naturopath.
The entire two-stage course represents in the region of 1500 hours of study time. For Stage One Modules 1-6 each homework assignment is expected to take around 3 hours to complete, and approximately 4 hours for Stage 2 Modules 1-6 where you’ll need to demonstrate additional research over and above the extensive course notes. Some individual case study work is required from Stage 2 Module 2 onwards. You’ll be asked to find volunteers from family members or your friends, taking a full case history for each volunteer, assess the presenting symptoms and offer appropriate advice. Each case history will be submitted for evaluation by your tutor, who will provide feedback to you.
You’ll need to attend a minimum of 1 x two-day (10 hours) tutorial before you complete Stage One. Stage 2 Clinical Practice training requires 50 hours of tutorial attendance (please refer to the Clinical Practice page). To help increase your knowledge base, you are also expected to attend seminars run by various supplement manufacturers that are held in a number of towns and cities across the UK.
There are no exams for this course as successful completion is dependent upon continuous assessment of your skills
How long will it take to complete the course?
The answer to that is very much dependent upon the time you have available for study. The course provides the flexibility to study to some degree at your own pace but as it is intended for students who have a serious intention to set up in practice, you’ll be expected to commit to submitting a coursework assignment every 6-8 weeks for Stage One, therefore this level of training should take approximately 36-52 weeks depending on the time available to you. Stage Two is a structured programme which requires commitment from the start. There are regular timetabled homework submissions, compulsory tutorial dates and the course takes approximately 20 months. As students start Stage 2 together as a group, there may be a delay before you can start Stage Two after completion of Stage One.
The fee includes coursework modules and assessment of written homework assignments. Coursework modules are sent electronically to students via email and written homework assignments are also submitted for marking and returned to students by email.
The course fees detailed below do not include Stage One tutorial fees, currently £165 per two-day (10 hours) (or £195 for central London).
- The current fee for Stage One of the course (modules 1-6) is £795. Attendance at a minimum of one tutorial is required for this stage.
- The current fee for Stage Two Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy incorporating Clinical Practice is £3200. This price includes the compulsory Clinical Practice tutorials.
Our next application period is expected to be January 2018. Please check back here for up to date information towards the end of the year.
Methods of payment:
- Payment in full for Stage One (total £795) payable on enrolment. Or, an initial payment of £200 on enrolment followed by 4 payments each of £160 due at monthly intervals after the initial payment.
- Payment for Stage Two Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy incorporating Clinical Practice is due on enrolment for that stage (payable either in full or an initial payment of £1000 followed by staged payments over twelve months).
- Full payment for each tutorial is due 3 weeks before the tutorial begins with a non refundable deposit of £50 being payable on booking a place.
- Payments by BACS transfer.