FdSc Nutritional Therapeutics

Course summary

This FdSc Nutritional Therapeutics course will develop your understanding of the science behind the relationship between food, health and wellbeing.

students in discussionWe have designed this course to meet the varying needs of individuals and to provide the best possible foundation for you to gain a professional qualification in nutritional therapy.

Why choose this course?
This Nutritional Therapy Foundation degree is supported through University of West London's Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard and PebblePad) which is available through the University's website, 24 hours a day via internet access.

Through this course we will help you build a sound knowledge base in the theory and practice of Nutritional Therapy, underpinned by the development of basic medical sciences.

  • You will learn about: 
  • anatomy and physiology
  • basic biochemistry

the study of named diseases (pathology) - as it relates to the field of practice.
You will develop your practitioner skills through monitored cases supported by experienced nutritional therapists. The course encompasses work based observational/placement practice concepts and principles that will you to develop various qualities and transferable skills necessary for future employment in the health sector.

Career and study progression
This course may be attractive to both complete newcomers to healthcare or to individuals who have already trained in other complementary or conventional healthcare areas wishing to gain a non-practitioner qualification.

Having successfully completed the Foundation Degree you can progress onto the Level 6 BSc / BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy Degree. The BSc (Hons) pathway provides further development of research and evaluation skills which can enhance practitioner expertise and lead to further career choices as well as a qualified Nutritional Therapist status.

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For further information about this course, please contact nutrition@uwl.ac.uk.lecture about evidence based medicine

Course detail

The course consists of supported distance learning study modules, which means you will be studying from home using our Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard and PebblePad). 

Level 4 (2 years)

You will learn:

  • basic research skills 
  • essential information needed for an understanding of nutrition such as knowledge of:
    • macro-nutrients
    • micro-nutrients
    • food composition and processing
    • basic dietary requirements
    • digestive processes.

Level 5 (2 years) 

At this level you will further develop an understanding of modern Nutritional Therapy practice and its current applications within Integrated Medicine. You will learn about:

  • biochemical imbalances that are believed to contribute to the development of many prevalent disease states. 
  • pharmacology and pathophysiology 
  • named diseases and practice case studies are used to teach methods for data collection
  • interpretation and rationalisation for nutritional prescribing. 

At both Level 4 and Level 5 you will undertake a work based placement to further develop your employability skills.  The exit point for both Level 4 and Level 5 will give you 120 credits non-clinical and you will be awarded the FdSc in Higher Education in Nutritional Therapeutics.


Level 4

Anatomy and Physiology
This module provides an introduction to the anatomy of the human body. It will also give an insight into the relationship between the structure and function of the individual at the system level and as a fully integrated organism. The theory is supported by a virtual practical activity.

Macronutrients at Work in the Body
This module introduces the concepts of energy intake, expenditure and balance; in relation to the intake of the macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates and fats. The module looks at the chemical properties of the macronutrients and their intake through the processes of digestion and absorption.

Micronutrients at Work in the Body
This module takes a detailed look at the micronutrients that are essential to life, and addresses the dietary sources, functions, requirements, signs of deficiency and toxicity, bioavailability and absorption of these nutrients.  The evidence for the therapeutic effects of vitamins and minerals are considered as viewed by conventional and naturopathic practitioners.

The Classification and Composition of Foods
This module details the classification and composition of different foods. The nutritional and therapeutic value of foods and their inclusion as part of a balanced diet is considered from both the conventional and naturopathic standpoint.

Biochemical Imbalances in Disease
This module considers the integration of physiological systems within the human body and the application of this to a systems biology approach to Nutritional Therapy practice. It will develop an understanding of the physiological processes of drug absorption, transport, detoxification and elimination.

The module also introduces the use of functional and nutrigenomic tests in Nutritional therapy and considers their potential value and limitations. The module also explores the effects of diet and lifestyle on health and the use of safe dietary, lifestyle and supplement intervention.

Level 5

Communication Skills and the Therapeutic Relationship
The module will develop an understanding of the skills needed to effectively communicate within nutritional therapy professional practice. It will also enhance your communication and listening skills  building awareness of boundaries and self-care.

The module will also explore the application of knowledge of behaviour change models to support, motivate and empower clients to make negotiated food and lifestyle behaviour changes to promote health.

Pathophysiology of Named Conditions
This module investigates the aetiology of disease and associated risk factors for specific conditions. It examines both the conventional medical and the nutritional approach to the management of these conditions.

Clinical Data Collection and Case Interpretation
This module introduces you to clinical skills used in Nutritional Therapy.  Various data collection techniques will be compared. Dietary collection methods will be evaluated to determine the accuracy of dietary information gathered, and the reliability of each method in determining accurate nutritional intake.  The interpretation of the cases gathered by you will inform joint therapeutic aims of client and practitioner; and clinical decision making for the nutritional programme. This will be supported with scientific research to demonstrate evidence base support of findings.

Developing Nutritional Programmes
This module develops your clinical skills in Nutritional Therapy.  You will practice formulating individualised nutrition programmes.  The therapeutic aims determined from the interpretation will guide programme design, and you will prioritise clinical decisions to accommodate client 's lifestyle and needs.

Justification of the nutrition programme will be supported with scientific research to demonstrate evidence informed practice.

Case Progression Strategies
You will explore the use of a variety of advanced nutritional and non-nutritional interventions, and lifestyle advice to enhance health. It will investigate the consultation, critically reviewing the management of the needs of the client and manipulating the original management programme in order to ensure a steady rate of progression towards health.

Experiential Learning in Nutritional Therapeutics
This module looks at developing your employability skills. You will be required to secure a place within a health care setting as part of a vocational training program. To then undertake specific tasks to help develop generic skills that will enhance career development and employability and acquire skills and knowledge with the industry setting.

Entry requirements

80 UCAS tariff points, which would normally include at least two subject areas or equivalent qualifications at Level 3 plus GCSE Grade C or above in English language and mathematics.

Students without the above qualifications who have relevant work experience are invited to apply and all applicants for this course are required to attend an interview.

International entry criteria

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 7.0 or above, and a minimum of 7.0 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses



Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply


All applicants for this course are required to attend an interview.

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Career and study progression

Upon successful completion of FdSc Nutritional Therapeutics, you will have a number of options available to you including working in the health sector.

If you decide to pursue the BSc/BSc (Hons) route, upon graduation you can expect to follow a career in:

  • Public Health
  • Clinical Nutrition/Dietetics
  • Food Industry
  • Academia, Research and Lecturing
  • Teaching
  • Sports and Exercise Nutrition
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Development and international public health nutrition.

Study progression

Upon successful completion you can progress onto:

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