- Course summary
- Course detail
- Entry requirements
- Fees and funding
- How to apply
- During the course
- Teaching staff
- What our students say
- Jobs and placements
- Career and study progression
Nutrition is an analytical discipline that provides an insight into understanding the role of diet in maintaining our health and wellbeing. There is a high demand for professional qualified nutritional therapists and our BSc qualification will help you distinguish yourself as a clinical qualified practitioner.
- 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.
The course of study consists of supported distance learning study modules, which comprise 120 credits at each level.
Level 4 (2 years)
- basic research skills
- essential information needed for an understanding of nutrition such as knowledge of:
- food composition and processing
- basic dietary requirements
- digestive processes
Level 5 (two 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.
Level 6 (BSc-one year)
This level prepares you for clinical practice, you will be looking at the therapeutic relationship and the practicalities of setting up your own business.
It provides practical experience of:
- analysis and interpretation of case histories
- development of a nutritional programme (through a series of consultations in clinical setting)
- addressing practice management within ethical and regulatory frameworks.
Non-UK based students
Non-UK based students are enrolled on the non-clinic Diploma of Higher Education in Nutritional Therapeutics. This Diploma will be awarded upon completion of Levels 4 and 5 which are delivered via supported distance learning. Successful students will have the option to complete the BSc/BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy. The BSc will require travel to the U.K. to complete the required clinical component of the programme. The BSc is currently one year in duration. However, attendance is only required for 12 days, organised in four blocks, within the year:
- four day teaching block in October / November
- four day teaching block in January / February
- Clinic block of three days in March
- Clinic block of three days in May.
These may change but notice will be given in advance of starting the final year of the course.
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.
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.
Level 6 (BSc)
Management of Clinical Practice and the Therapeutic Relationship
This module explores the relationship between the practitioner and the client. It also explores the legal, professional, ethical and practical requirements of operating a Nutritional Therapy practice.
This module critically applies nutritional therapeutic approaches and techniques in a clinical setting. It addresses practice management in terms of operational, ethical and regulatory frameworks. You will be monitored throughout the gathering of evidence of practice and will be individually supervised during some client consultations in accordance with the requirements of the professional registering bodies.
NB: Access to a computer with internet access is essential to study this course.
Access could be through your local library or workplace, or if practical you could attend one of the University campuses at Brentford or Ealing.
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
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UK and EU students
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Your application will be dealt with by our Admissions team who will be in touch with you.
Complete our online application form for international students or you can download the print version (Word, 186kb).
During the course
What our students say
Dr Derek Obersby, BSc Nutritional Medicine, PhD
I studied with the University of West London over the period 2003-2015. It all happened following my retirement in 2003 when I joined the distance learning UWL degree course and was awarded a BSc in Nutritional Medicine in 2008.
In 2009 I joined the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Medicine course and graduated with a first class honours. This degree won me the Lamberts Award for an Outstanding Thesis.
In 2011 I was accepted to join a four year full-time PhD degree course to explore the relationship between vitamin B12 deficient vegetarians, hyperhomocysteinemia and the increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, which was awarded in 2015. This was fully confirmed at the Graduation Ceremony in July 2016 at Wembley
All of the courses attended were very well structured, intense and very enjoyable. The lecturers, supervisors and advisers always displayed a dedicated and professional attitude. I have no hesitation in recommending these courses to those who are seeking a career in Nutritional Therapy.
Sharon Mobbs, BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy
'At the age of 30 I finally found my passion - nutritional therapy. I studied part-time for my degree which took five years, whilst working a corporate job and having a baby!
I graduated in 2012 and started practicing straight away. I totally loved studying nutrition, particularly the last year when we spend more time at university (it's great when all the different pieces of information finally sink in!), though it is great to be out in the real world. It's quite daunting when you're unleashed into the business world to practice nutritional therapy, but I was confident that university had given me a sound grounding in physiology, nutrition, testing, supplements, the ability to research how best to help clients, and in the therapeutic client relationship.
My business, Harmony Nutrition, is a growing nutrition consultancy supporting both individual and corporate clients in Berkshire. I practice privately, but also provide wellness programs to the local children's centre, my local council, and private companies. I also have a lively Facebook page, a blog aimed at corporate nutritional needs, and am starting to run some online courses and support other therapists with practical business skills.
You can find me at www.harmonynutrition.co.uk'
Kieran Macphail, BSc Nutritional Therapy graduate
'I thoroughly enjoyed the Nutritional Therapy course at UWL. It gave me all the fundamentals I use today in practice working with chronic pain patients and athletes.
In particular I enjoyed the functional medicine model they teach. This is the foundation of the work I do now as both a physiotherapist and nutritional therapist. This has allowed me to receive referrals from consultants, physiotherapists, osteopaths and trainers, growing a business that allows me to live very comfortably.
You can find me at www.kieranmacphail.com'
Jobs and placements
Career and study progression
Upon successful completion of the BSc/BSc (Hons) course, you can expect to follow a career in:
- Public Health
- Clinical Nutrition/Dietetics
- Food Industry
- Academia, Research and Lecturing
- Sports and Exercise Nutrition
- Animal Nutrition
- Development and international public health nutrition.
Upon successful completion of the course you can progress onto a postgraduate degree in a specialist subject.
Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that's right for you. 97% of our graduates are in work within 6 months of graduating.
With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the BBC, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Ltd, Middlesex Law society and the Savoy Education Trust. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors' scheme.
Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:
- job hunting
- recruitment and selection procedures
- further study.
We are The Career University.