Short Nutrition Courses

For those of you who are interested in learning about nutrition either for personal interest only, or to work with adults to help them to make informed choices about diet and lifestyle, the following short nutrition courses are available at CNELM.

CNELM Dietary Educator Certificate

This CNELM Award is aimed at existing health care practitioners who wish to include dietary education in their practice, or for those who would like to work with a defined group of individuals, not those diagnosed with chronic illness or on complex medication, to assist them to make informed choices about food and lifestyle.  You should also be able to give talks and write about food and health to inform the public.

The Dietary Educator Certificate is accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and successful graduates can apply to register with the FHT and gain insurance to use the qualification.

Entry Requirements:

  • ‘A’ levels A-C or equivalent in Human Biology & Chemistry (or similar subjects), OR CNELM’s Bioscience Entry modules: Chemistry & Human Biology
  • GCSE in mathematics, or equivalent, OR CNELM’s Maths Foundation module
  • GCSE in English Language or equivalent
  • IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL equivalent is the standard requirement for applicants where English is not your first language
  • Basic computer skills including word processing, internet browsing and use of email

NB: GCSE and ‘A’ level, or equivalent qualifications accepted within a 5-year currency or demonstrating continued application in the workplace.

Nutrition Course Overview

The modules on this course are similar to modules on Level 4 (year 1) of the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Science programme and assessments will be similar to students taking these modules on the BSc programme.

Undergraduate students on the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Science are eligible to apply for the Dietary Educator Certificate subject to successfully completing level 4 coursework and completing a supervised consultation with a real client.

Postgraduate students also have the opportunity to gain this CNELM Award after demonstrating completion or exemption from bioscience modules, Personalised Nutrition Requirements postgraduate module, the first 5-days of the CNELM Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma: Module 1 Coaching in Nutritional Therapy Practice, writing an article and presenting on food and health and completing a supervised consultation with a real client.

We encourage students to use the qualification as a means to build up skills towards nutritional therapy practice or other career opportunities.

For further information regarding entry requirements, course content and fees, please refer to our 2015 Prospectus.

Food For Health Certificate

Course Leader: Fiona Ambrose, BSc Hons Nutritional Therapy, NLP Practitioner

The Food for Health Certificate is open to all and aims to educate you about nutrition so you are able to meet your own nutritional needs and the needs of your family. If you are considering studying a degree in nutritional science with or without the Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma, this course will give you the opportunity to see if studying nutrition is for you. It is a general interest course and you will not be required to do assignments or an examination. You will have the opportunity to complete a written question and assessment paper at home.

Nutrition Course Delivery

Food for Health is a home study course (online access) and can be taken at any time.

Short Courses in Nutrition – Cost

Course Fee: £400

Fees are payable at the start of the course.

For further information on this course, including module content, entry requirements and fees, please download our 2015 Prospectus, or contact the Course Leader, Fiona Ambrose:


Tel: 0118 979 8686

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a: Centre for Nutrition Education & Lifestyle Management (CNELM) | Chapel Garden | 14 Rectory Road | Wokingham Berkshire | RG40 1DH

CNELM is a collaborative partner of Middlesex University (MU). The undergraduate and postgraduate courses we teach are validated and quality assured by MU. You will receive an MU award on successful completion and be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at their campus.

The NTEC accredits courses for nutritional therapy. The BSc (Hons) Nutritional Science and the MSc/PG Dip in Personalised Nutrition combined with CNELM’s Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma (NTPD) are accredited by NTEC.

The CNHC is the voluntary regulator for complementary therapists including Nutritional Therapists. Following successful completion of one of our accredited routes to nutritional therapy practice you will be eligible to apply to register with CNHC as a Nutritional Therapist.

BANT is a professional body for Nutritional Therapists that have completed NTEC accredited courses, or have demonstrated having met the NTEC Core Curriculum and National Occupational Standards set by Skills for Health for nutritional therapy. Practitioner members of BANT are required to register with the CNHC.

The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) has accredited CNELM’s Dietary Educator Certificate. On successful completion of this course you will be eligible to apply to register as a Dietary Educator with the FHT.

Students that meet verification standards for the ‘NLP Practitioner Certificate’ can apply to register with the Association for Neurolinguistic Programming ANLP.

NS3UK Ltd/ta CNELM has undergone an educational oversight monitoring visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have received its final report, which is available in full at:

The monitoring visit resulted in the following outcome:

The QAA monitoring team has concluded that we are making acceptable progress in implementing the action plan from the Review for Specific Course Designation.