Clinical Training at BCNH

A Functional Medicine Perspective

The BSc (Hons) Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine incorporates comprehensive online clinical training at BCNH based on a Functional Medicine model. 

Functional Medicine is a systems biology-based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease.  

We have adapted this approach to design our own model, teaching students how to apply Functional Medicine principles to individual cases and incorporate the latest scientific evidence in the nutrition field.

Clinical training at BCNH

Learning and Asssessment

Level 6 Clinical Practice modules include the written preparation and online delivery (via Zoom) of consultations to real-life clients under supervision. This will prepare you for your future career by providing you with the opportunity to develop your consultation skills in a safe, supervised and supportive environment.

You will be expected to demonstrate a critical and evidence-based approach to designing the interventions, as well as adherence to and awareness of all relevant codes of professional practice and safety issues.

Online Clinical Setting

BCNH student consultations are conducted exclusively via video-conferencing (no onsite attendance required), with your supervisor providing advice and guidance where appropriate.

You will be supported in the development of the necessary skills for these assessments by fictional case study assignments in Level 4 and 5 modules and by regular clinical seminars throughout the programme. You will also be given the opportunity to complete one supervised live case study on a formative basis (a ‘trial run’) prior to the summative assessment.

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Features of BCNH Clinical Training

Clinical training at BCNH

Clinical Hours and Case Study Completion

The core curriculum for nutritional therapy (which must be met for NTEC accreditation) stipulates that a minimum of 70 hours of development and supervision of clinical skills is required. Our BSc (Hons) course provides approximately 112 clinical contact hours, comprising of small-group clinical seminars delivered throughout the course and supervised live consultations in the Level 6 Clinical Practice modules. 

While the core curriculum requires 15 case studies to be completed, our provision of 35 complex case studies means that you will cover at least 33 different health concerns as part of your clinical training.

BCNH graduates have the confidence to translate complex technical understanding into practical, achievable, client-focused recommendations.

Collaboration with the Medical Profession

At BCNH, we instil in our students the desire to work with the medical profession to establish a mutually rewarding relationship. 

We strongly believe that personalised dietary and lifestyle advice should be provided alongside conventional medical treatment.  As such, we teach our students how to communicate professionally with a client’s GP or other healthcare provider. 

As part of your Level 6 Clinical Practice modules, you will be expected to write a minimum of three referral letters to a GP or other medical professional, to be approved by the college.

This can help you establish professional connections during your studies and is excellent training for when you have your own clinical practice.


We promote a ‘food-first’ approach to nutritional therapy. While some clients may require supplementation of specific nutrients to achieve meaningful improvement, simple dietary changes can be a powerful therapeutic tool.

Foods are complex mixtures of different components which work in synergy to create greater health effects than isolated nutrients. We teach students to educate and empower clients to make lasting dietary and lifestyle changes before considering supplementation.

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Clinical training at BCNH

Our Approach to Supplementation

At BCNH, we treat supplements with respect.

We ensure that all supplement recommendations are within the Government recommendation limits. We have designed a BCNH Supplement Calculations Sheet showing key information such as the UK Recommended Nutrient Intake (RNI) & Safe Upper Limits (SUL), to ensure safe supplementation.

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