Nutritional Therapy, Personalised Nutrition and Nutritional Science

Key Features:

  • The Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma (NTPD) is accredited by the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC) in combination with the ‘BSc (Hons) Nutritional Science’ and ‘MSc or PG Dip in Personalised Nutrition’ as routes to nutritional therapy practice
  • The NTPD is a combination of ‘Attendance’ and ‘Distance Learning’ components. The BSc/MSc/PG Dip courses are Distance Learning only.
  • Available to study full-time (9 months) or part-time (1-3 years)
  • Combining the NTPD with either the BSc or MSc or PG Dip degree programmes provides a wider spectrum of career opportunities
  • Additional qualifications in ‘Dietary Education’ and Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) can be gained as part of the combined programmes.

Please note: The structure and content of the NTPD is currently under review and a new version of the programme the Personalised Nutrition Practice Diploma (PNPD) is planned for implementation in January 2021. Until the new structure and content of the PNPD course is finalised then applicants can find out more by arranging to speak with a Course Interviewer. Further details of the PNPD should be published here by October 2019. Nutritional therapy practice remains the intended outcome of the PNPD as is NTEC accreditation.

Entry Requirements:

Students must be enrolled on one of the following courses:

Course Length & Study Options:

Two modes of study can be applied for:

  • Integrated: modules are taken at the same time as the BSc/MSc/PG Dip allowing you
    to combine theory with practice. Internal awards can be gained (e.g. a Dietary Educator Certificate) enabling you to commence work as you complete the courses, with potential income from your work.
  • Separated: modules are taken upon completion of BSc/MSc/PG Dip enabling you to
    focus solely on your degree studies and then consider afterwards whether you wish to practice
    as a nutritional therapist.

Integrated options are generally preferred enabling you to consolidate academic content alongside clinical practice.

Additional Qualifications:

As part of combined degree programmes with CNELM’s NTPD course you will also have the opportunity to gain the following additional awards:


Many people interested nutrition wish to practice clinically. The Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma (NTPD) is a CNELM qualification which can be combined with one of the following degree programmes taught at CNELM as an accredited route to nutritional therapy practice. Please note the NTPD is not a standalone qualification:

CNELM is committed to the highest standards of training in Nutritional Therapy so that graduates are equipped to provide nutritional therapy services to individuals in a ‘safe’ and effective manner.

All routes we offer to nutritional therapy practice are accredited by the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC). Graduates will be able to demonstrate having met the Core Curriculum and National Occupational Standards set for nutritional therapy, and will be eligible to apply to register with the professional body, BANT (British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy) and the regulatory body, the CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council). Entrance to the register is the prerogative of BANT and the CNHC and not CNELM.

The CNELM Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma is taught across six modules enabling students to gradually build up additional knowledge and practical skills relating to nutritional therapy practice. The NTPD starts at level 4 and completes at level 6.

Module 1: Foundation Coaching – Attendance*

This is a 5-day level 4 attendance course at CNELM and forms the first part of the NLP Practitioner Certificated course. This module aims to provide various behavioural and knowledge resources that enable students to deal with the process of personal change and their self-development in the learning environment and to take a proactive role to help ensure a positive outcome from their interactions with people. It will incorporate many of the core skills necessary for the development of graduate skills. It aims to enable the student to develop better linguistic skills and strategies to facilitate others to make a desired change based on better communication, influence and the development of rapport.

Module 2: Foundation Dietary Educator Practice (DEP) – Online

BSc students complete this component as part of their first year Level 4 BSc studies. MSc/PG Dip students can take this NTPD module after having completed Level 7 Personalised Nutrition Requirements from the MSc/Dip programme and Foundation Coaching (below) from the NTPD. BSc students can complete Foundation Coaching at a later stage to fulfil the requirements of the NTPD. Important learning from this module is the difference between education and making recommendations. You will have the opportunity to write an article about food and health and give a presentation about food and health suitable for the public; through role-play experiences you will have the opportunity to analyse diets, create educational reports and conduct dietary educator consultations across a range of cultural contexts for individuals without complex health histories and taking medications.

Module 3: Advanced Coaching – Attendance*

This is a 10-day level 5 attendance course at CNELM split over 2 x 5 day blocks usually 3-4 weeks apart. This module extends the learning started in Foundation Coaching adding further skills as a non-directive facilitator, coach and change agent to the student’s technical skills in nutrition. This module aims to present students with a model and structure for working with clients in a way that assists the individual to develop their own resources and learning. Within this model the aim is to teach students a range of powerful tools and skills to communicate, listen, raise awareness, intervene at a sometime profound level of mind, ask questions and provide feedback in an efficient and effective way. The student is expected to gain a greater flexibility of language and approach compatible with working within different peoples’ ‘maps’ outside of their own, and better manage their own state and level of personal and therapeutic resourcefulness.

To gain the NLP Practitioner Certificate a further two-days of attendance at CNELM is required. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate to external verifiers whether they have met the requirements for an NLP Practitioner Certificate. Students who do not meet verification standards will not be eligible to receive the NLP Practitioner Certificate but can still pass the module by meeting internal assessment requirements. Students that meet verification standards for the ‘NLP Practitioner Certificate’ can apply to register with the Association for Neurolinguistic-Programming ANLP. Students must have demonstrated appropriate development across the coaching modules to be put forward for the two verification days.

There are invariably 2-3 options spread over a year attend these modules at CNELM.

*Attendance – students living overseas or at some distance to the Centre can usually take an NLP Practitioner Certificated course local to where they live. A CNELM Coach Trainer will verify a course identified by the student to help ensure that it is likely to meet the needs of the NTPD. Students taking an NLP Practitioner course locally are charged half the normal module fee as the additional assignments for Foundation and Advanced Coaching must still be completed based on an externally attended course. Support and extra tutorials are available to help students taking a course elsewhere to meet assignment requirements. Many students successfully achieve this outcome saving in time and costs of travel and accommodation.

Applicants living at a distance to CNELM or overseas can request to take sn NLP Practitioner course locally. CNELM’s Module Leader for Advanced Coaching will confirm whether the course meets our requirements. Most do. Students taking this option must complete our assessments for the module and are charged half the module fee.

The NLP Practitioner Certificate is a standalone course and can be taken at any time during the NTPD. Some students take this course alongside Bioscience Entry Courses.

Module 4: Intermediate Nutritional Therapy Practice (INTP) – Online or Online with Part Attendance**

Nutritional Therapy is an art as well as a science. Making clinical applications in a world of scientific uncertainty is an ongoing challenge. Developing diverse clinical skills is critical to the effective use of theoretical knowledge. The Functional Medicine model in nutritional therapy practice enables effective use of the scientific data to inform nutrition and lifestyle interventions. The aim of this level 5 module is for students to express the knowledge and skill required to implement a full nutritional therapy consultation underpinned by a functional approach through role-play consultations culminating with a real client individually or in pairs; and to be able to demonstrate evaluative and critical skills surrounding clinical Practice.

Module 5: Advanced Nutritional Therapy Practice (ANTP) – Online or Online with Part Attendance**

This level 6 module aims to refine clinical skills to a level ready for independent professional nutritional therapy practice and compliance with the National Occupational Standards and BANT and CNHC Codes of Practice. A series of online lectures, tutorials, case discussions and role-plays support this module as well as one-to-one supervision with clients for first and return visits.

** Online or Online with Part Attendance

Students unable to attend classes for INTP at CNELM can access some lectures online and join live taught classes virtually and complete role-plays with peers and other practical exercises via online meetings, forums and other online platforms.

Subject to meeting our requirements for ‘virtual’ supervision, our team of supervisors will be able to supervise consultations for students unable to attend CNELM from their location in the UK. Otherwise supervision must take place at CNELM in Wokingham.

Module 6: Nutrition Enterprise

This level 6 module is completed by students taking the BSc Hons Nutritional Science as part of their degree programme. MSc/PG Dip students take this module as part of the NTPD. All students taking this module with the intention to practice as a nutritional therapist will have the opportunity to present a successful competitive entrepreneurial strategy, critically review Regulatory and Professional Bodies, Write their CV, Create a Linked-In page and prepare a Business Plan for their future practice as a nutritional therapist.

Whether integrating the NTPD with a degree programme or taking after a degree programme, the minimum time-frame i.e. full-time study to complete the NTPD for BSc students is 9 months and MSc students should allow 12 months. PG Dip students should allow a minimum of 9 months.

BSc + NTPD full time study: is based on 35 hours a week for up to 42 weeks per year over a minimum of 3.5 years. Typically BSc + NTPD students study over 4.5 years

MSc + NTPD full time study is based on 35 hours a week for up to 46 weeks per year over a minimum of 2 years. Typically MSc + NTPD students study over 3 years

PG Dip + NTPD full time study is based on 35 hours a week for up to 46 weeks per year over 1 year and 9 months. Typically PG Dip + NTPD students study over 2.5 years.

Longer study plans are possible and discussed at interview.

For further details on the CNELM Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma, including Entry Requirements, Course Outline and Fees, please refer to our full Prospectus.


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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.