Diploma in Nutritional Therapy


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Diploma in Nutritional Therapy

Why Oxford Learning College


Nutritional Therapy is the use of food and nutrition to maintain health and well-being through the understanding of the principles and practice of nutritional therapy. The course teaches how to work with individuals through therapy using diet and nutrition. An assessment is carried out, and then together with the client, a holistic diet plan is developed so that specific changes are made to enhance the benefits from what is eaten, such as curbing ill health, maintaining good condition of e.g. hair and skin. Nutritional therapy is a complementary therapy often used with conventional therapy so that a more holistic approach is used, so they cannot diagnose serious illness but are able to address ill health with conventional medicine, e.g. fatigue to Arthritis. Advice is given to clients so that full enjoyment of life can be had with regard to nutrition and the quality of one’s diet, such as eating in restaurants, through the use of better choices of what is ingested.


Course Content

Module 1 – The Inflammation Syndrome


Most people consider inflammation to cause tenderness and muscle ache e.g. back ache and stiff joints, but inflammation causes and is related to a whole host of ill health such as allergy, heart problems, bronchitis, Arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease. This first module concentrates on exploring what is meant by "The Inflammation Syndrome", in relation to diet and nutrition, health and well-being. The causes of inflammation within our bodies and what triggers it are investigated. The value of anti-inflammatory drugs in combating inflammation, or whether here is need to look more closely at what we eat and drink and the supplements we take, in order to prevent disease and illness in the long-term is discussed. How food, diet and nutrition can be used to combat the various ailments arising from the inflammation syndrome is considered.


Module 2 – Profiles of differing foods and drinks


The key to healthy living in the long term is the management and balance of the amount, type and quality of food and drink we consume. Excuses are made such as metabolic rate to blame unhealthy eating, but teaching people to be honest about recording what they eat is also important. The foods we eat are divided into 6 groups, namely, vegetables, fruit, grains and cereals, dairy products, meat and fish, and with the addition of certain "superfoods" for example yoghurt, broccoli and turkey. Certain foods are also thought to have healing properties and the key nutrients they contain are investigated. What we eat has to be balanced with what we drink. Finally, facts about alcohol and how bodies metabolise it, as well as the effects of alcohol on health is explored. How to collect information, such as recipes, especially for special diets, is advised so that a therapist has a range of useful sources to hand.


Module 3 - Health and nutrition during differing life stages


Healthy living, diet and exercise are important throughout all the stages of our life, and nutritional needs throughout the differing stages of life can be identified. So as people get older, for example, their lives become more sedentary and less food is needed. On the other hand, babies have special nutritional needs and a special diet. Similarly, as children are growing up, they have different nutritional requirements e.g. children need full-fat dairy products, rather than low-fat versions, and teenagers need high energy foods for growth and development. This pattern of growth slows down in adulthood, but, as people grow older, problems can arise, if the diet is not healthy and lacks activity. What constitutes a balanced diet for different people, how is food used by our body and how can diet plans be healthy and fun is discussed.


Module 4 – Food safety


In the UK, it is possible to obtain any food at any time of the year, made into several recipes and available in different forms, e.g. we can get papaya and pineapple dried, fresh, in tins or as part of dessert. The way food is available fresh or processed, and how it is prepared has to be healthy and safe for consumption. This module discusses different food preparation processes and raises questions about food safety, including the careful handling, cooking and storage of foods. The substances and chemicals added to foods to help preserve, flavour and make it palatable or appear or taste a certain way is explored. What is meant by genetically modified foods is explored. The ways of avoiding food poisoning, how to stay safe when storing and cooking food and the key things needed to be known about food when travelling is discussed.


Module 5 – The organic question


At one time all food was organic, but this changed when pesticides were added to prevent attack by insects or fertilizers were added to increase yield of the crops. People choose to buy and consume organic products, because they want a safer and healthier alternative to foods that may contain toxic pesticides and chemicals. Organic food is now easier to find, not only in health food stores and supermarkets, but also in restaurants and some schools and colleges. This module looks at what organic food is and how it is produced, as well as why it is healthier than conventional choices. It also considers the disadvantages of conventional foods, such as the cost, not only to our health and well - being, but also to the environment. Detoxification and its health benefits are considered in detail. As food is so cheap and readily available, the ease of gaining weight and the need to exercise is discussed briefly.


Module 6- Treating ailments and illnesses through nutrition – Part 1


The following three modules provide advice on how to treat ailments and illnesses, with particular reference to a key body organ through good nutrition and the use of particular foods and liquids, alongside conventional medicine. The first discussion focuses on skin disorders, digestive and respiratory illnesses, urinary diseases and ailments of the ears, nose, throat, mouth and eyes. An in-depth study of the body part or organ helps form an understanding of the possible causes of disorders and illnesses that affect it. How good quality foods and diet affect and prevent or deter common ailments and limit e.g. stress is investigated. Food, through over-eating or consumption of bad or unsafe food can be problematic, e.g. chocolate can cause acne and spots.


Module 7 – Treating ailments and illnesses through nutrition – Part 2


This module concentrates on the organs and body parts affected by heart and circulatory disorders e.g. high blood pressure and cholesterol, disorders of the immune and nervous systems, brain disorders and cancer. The common illnesses and diseases discussed also include strokes, Diabetes, anxiety and stress, and minor issues such as varicose veins.


Module 8 – Treating ailments specific to women


Women are affected from disorders or issues specific to their gender including, premenstrual tension and the menopause. Diet and nutrition can help alleviate many of the symptoms of these disorders, as well of more serious illnesses, for example, breast and ovarian cancer. Pregnancy is also considered, in relation to healthy living and good nutrition. There is evidence to suggest that many foods may slow down the ageing process and these will identified. Regular consumption of foods to improve the strength of our skin and slow down the age-related damage, which affects our eyes, e.g. nuts like almonds and foods containing antioxidants is explored. The misuse of food or eating disorders, e.g. Anorexia nervosa and Bulimia, as well as the importance of vitamins and mineral salts and the need for a balanced diet containing superfoods is discussed.


Module 9 – Treating ailments specific to men


In this module, we concentrate on the issues, which mainly concern men, that is, hair and muscle loss, impotence and prostate and testicular cancer. Appearance, weight, anxiety and stress also feature. Weight is linked to lifestyle. Stress can make a person fat. With a man's metabolic rate being at its highest when he is 27 years old, with it dropping by 12% each year until he reaches the age of 47, it follows that if he continues to consume the same amount of calories, he will put on weight. We look at how a man can increase and maintain muscle mass and, consequently, help to lessen this fall in his metabolic rate. The role of food and exercise in men’s wellbeing is essential, a diet rich in protein, vegetables, superfoods, and limit alcohol and cigarettes, for example, is clearly important.


Module 10 – Setting up in business as a nutritional therapist


The internet has opened the door for great support and free resources e.g. templates of essential paperwork such as a business plans or invoices, and support groups for people wanting to or running their own business. In this final module, we deal with all the issues and bureaucracy involved concerned with setting up in business as a nutritional therapist, e.g. marketing to clients, finances, legal issues, building and maintaining a successful nutritional therapy business. The advantages and disadvantages of being self-employed or working for others is compared.

Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.


Diploma in Nutritional Therapy

This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
Quality Assured by QLS

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

How can I progress

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Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

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What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

This is a flexible learning course, so the more time you have to commit to your studies, the sooner you are able to complete.

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Overall rating 5 out of 5 based on 1 student reviews

Excellent course. The contents and learnings are very practical and motivate the learner to start the Nutritional programme on oneself immediately. The course give s a complete guide and competence to the student wherein he/she can start the profession on his own. The evaluators had been very motivating and response was extremely good. Best regards Neeraj Garg +91 981941888 (Mobile - India ngarg1@hotmail.com

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