Nutritional Therapy, Personalised Nutrition and Nutritional Science

Please note our updated Prospectus and NTPD Course Flyer in keeping with the updates below will be available online by the 27th September 2019. 

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 blended learning programme inclusive of  ‘Attendance’ and ‘Distance Learning’ components. The BSc/MSc/PG Dip courses are Distance Learning only.
  • The NTPD is available to study full-time (9-12 months) or part-time (1-3 years)
  • Combining the NTPD with either the BSc or MSc or PG Dip degree programmes provides the most popular career pathway for graduates of these courses
  • A ‘Dietary Education’ qualification can be gained as an interim award whilst completing the combined degree and NTPD enabling a scope of practice before qualifying as a nutritional therapist. The Dietary Educator Certificate is awarded by CNELM and accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapist (FHT).

Entry Requirements:

Students must be enrolled on one of the following courses:

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. Integrated options enable you to consolidate academic content alongside clinical practice.
  • 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.


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 and is taken alongside the :

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.

The above 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 and graduates must meet their requirements.

The CNELM Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma is taught across five modules enabling students to gradually build up additional knowledge and practical skills relating to nutritional therapy practice. The 120 credit NTPD programme starts at level 4 and completes at level 6.

Applicants enrolling on a degree in combination with the NTPD during 2020 will be able to start NTPD modules in 2021. Individualised study plans are agreed with applicants at interview. Students enrolled on the combined degree and NTPD programmes can request to make changes to their study plan after enrolment.

Module 1: Coaching in Personalised Nutrition Practice (CP) – Attendance 10 Credits – Level 4

This 5-day highly interactive attendance module (35 hours) enables you to develop and demonstrate a range of coaching skills to help enhance outcomes with clients, peers and colleagues as well as your personal study and lives. From 2021 an Online option for this module should also be available.

Module 2: Personalised Dietary Education (PD) – Online – 20 Credits – Level 4

This online module is designed to enable you to communicate effectively using educational language to clients and the public. The module includes role plays, public writing and presentation skills. Important learning from this module is the difference between education, giving advice 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 that take account of a range of personalised implications; through role-play experiences you will have the opportunity to analyse diets, create personalised educational reports and conduct dietary educator consultations across a range of cultural contexts for individuals without complex health histories and taking medications.

  • BSc students complete this module as part of their first year Level 4 BSc studies. Level 4 BSc modules include sufficient coaching concepts to enable undergraduate students to complete this module. BSc students progressing to the NTPD must however take the CP module in full as part of meeting requirements for nutritional therapy practice and can take this module later on in their studies.
  • MSc/PG Dip students can take this NTPD module after having completed any bioscience entry requirements,  Level 7 Personalised Nutrition Requirements from the MSc/Dip programme and Foundation Coaching (below) from the NTPD.

Module 3: Clinical and Coaching Skills Development (SD) 30 Credits – Online or Online with Part Attendance or Online Only  – Level 5/6

This 2 x 5 day attendance module (70 hours) is designed to enable you to demonstrate the wide ranging skills and competencies required for personalised nutritional therapy practice and the National Occupational Standards for nutritional therapy. This module starts before SP module 4, but most runs concurrently. 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. Further coaching techniques will also be introduced during the module. This module focuses on the development of necessary skills to apply in SP module 4 where you will see real clients under supervision. Some assessments for this module may be exempted for MSc/PG Dip students if taken on degree modules.

Module 4: Supervised Personalised Nutrition Consultations & Practice (SP) 40 Credits – Online Only – Level 6

This online module focuses on online webinars, tutorials, discussions and debates around clinical practice. You will see clients for first and return visits under ‘virtual’ supervision with a Clinic Supervisor, subject to meeting our stringent ‘virtual’ supervision requirements. You will also submit a Clinic Log towards the end of this module that will comprehensively demonstrate how you have built your skills and competencies over both degree and NTPD studies. 

Module 5: Nutrition Enterprise (NE) 20 Credits – Online + 2 days optional attendance – Level 6

This module is completed completely Online by most students. Students taking the BSc Hons Nutritional Science complete this module 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. There are usually two days where students can come into the Centre to attend lectures and other students will join by live webinar or listen to the recording after the event.

Attendance Requirements

A minimum of 70 hours of attendance onsite at CNELM is required to meet CNHC registration requirements as stated in the CNHC Core Curriculum. CNHC regulation applies to the UK Borders only. Students planning to practice in the UK that are studying from overseas should make every effort to meet the attendance requirement. It is possible subject to successful progression on the NTPD programme take the course 100% online. Students should only take this option if they are sure they do not plan to practice in the UK in the future. CNHC registration is a requirement for BANT membership for UK based practitioners. Graduates of the combined degree and NTPD programme practising overseas can apply for BANT membership subject to having completed an NTEC accredited route to nutritional therapy practice.

Please note: The NTEC have accredited the degree programmes alongside the NTPD that includes 70 hours of onsite attendance at CNELM. Therefore any student taking the NTPD 100% online has not met NTEC accreditation requirements. Graduates that have not met the CNHC attendance requirements will receive a  CNELM Transcript and Certificate for the NTPD that does not include the NTEC Logo.

Expected Study Length and Commitments for Integrated and Separated Programmes

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 3.9 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.