Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
|About Level 6 Diploma: (Qs 14 – 16)|
|Enrolment: (Qs 4 – 5)||Accreditation (Qs 17 – 19)|
|Course Fees & Funding: (Qs 6 – 9)||Study Options: (Qs 20 – 21)|
|About SFC Courses: (Qs 10 – 12)||Clinical Practice: (Qs 22 – 23)|
|Career Options: (Q 24)|
1. What makes BCNH different to other nutrition colleges?
|a)||Our courses are credit-rated by the University of Greenwich and therefore taught at degree level.|
|b)||We offer a whole year of dedicated Year 4 clinical practice, to ensure our students are confident and ready to practice on graduation.|
|c)||Flexible study options – students can choose to attend our classroom-based seminars online or in person.|
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2. If I study with BCNH, can I get a student visa?
No. As we only offer part-time courses, our students are not eligible for a student visa.
3. Where and when are lectures held?
Our lectures are held in lecture rooms at University College London’s Bloomsbury Campus (UCL) and take place on weekends (10am – 4pm)
4. How do I apply for BCNH courses?
To apply for one of our courses, you need to have an interview with a member of the BCNH Academic Board first.
You can complete a BCNH interview form here. Our friendly staff will be in touch with you to arrange an interview.
Please note that many applicants (over 21) with a variety of backgrounds, including those who may not have any qualifications, are welcome to apply and will have the opportunity to demonstrate that they have the skills & knowledge to succeed.
5. I have overseas qualifications, how do I find out what they are equivalent to in the UK?
BCNH require that students have achieved at least a grade C in English and Maths at GCSE level. If you are from outside the UK, you can check to see whether or not your qualifications are equivalent by submitting them to UK NARIC. This is the company that BCNH use to assess the equivalence of overseas qualifications to UK qualifications.
6. How much do BCNH courses cost?
All of our course fees can be found here.
7. Are BCNH fees eligible for student funding?
The BCNH modules are not eligible for student funding from the government.
8. Can I pay BCNH fees in instalments?
Yes. After an initial payment, BCNH fees can be paid either monthly or quarterly.
9. What’s the difference in price for international students?
There is no price difference for international students who are studying at BCNH.
10. I don’t have an A-Level (or equivalent) in Chemistry or Biology, what are my options?
Our Science Foundation Courses are tailored for our Level-6 Diploma in Nutritional Therapy. We also accept Science Foundation Courses from other colleges, subject to their course curriculum meeting the BCNH requirements.
11. I have an A-Level in Chemistry (or equivalent) obtained more than 10 years ago. What are my options?
We offer a Refresher Science Foundation Course which gives students access to our course materials. This course can be completed within 3 – 6 months and is self-study only. More information can be found here.
12. Can I complete your Science Foundation Course and use it to gain entry to a course at another institution?
As our Science Foundation Courses are NOT credit rated, they do not transfer into UCAS points. Another institute may accept our qualification, but this will be up to the individual institution.
If you are planning to study at another college or university, please check if they will accept our Science Foundation Course certificate first.
About Level 6 Diplomas
13. Why is your Nutritional Therapy Diploma course longer than similar courses offered by other colleges?
At BCNH, we want to ensure that our graduates are trained to the highest possible standards, therefore our training is very thorough. The first three years of our Diploma provides students with a detailed, technical grounding, one which we feel is more in-depth than any other course on the market. For example, our Year 3 students are fortunate to have a 2-day lecture on Nutritional Therapy to Support People with Cancer, whereas other colleges may cover this topic in one day or less. In addition, our course dedicates a full academic year to clinical practice, where students are given the opportunity to put their learning into practice in a safe, supervised environment. This final year also focuses on developing students’ business skills to ensure that when they do graduate, they are fully prepared to become safe, effective and successful Nutritional Therapists.
14. What are the differences between the two Level 6 Diplomas?
The 4-year Diploma with clinical practice is Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC) accredited and suitable for those individuals who wish to practice nutritional therapy and register with the Complementary & Natural health Care Council (CNHC).
The 3-year Diploma without the clinical practice is not NTEC accredited and is suitable for candidates such as health professionals, journalists, health writers, etc. who wish to learn about nutrition but do not intend to consult with clients on a one to one basis.
15. Can I upgrade to Year 4 clinical practice at a later date?
You can – however, to ensure your knowledge is current, clinical practice must be completed within six years from enrolment on the course.
16. Will the Level-6 Diploma in Nutritional Therapy allow me to pursue further studies (e.g. BSc or MSc) after completion?
Yes – as each BCNH module is credit-rated by the University of Greenwich and you will have acquired 195 credits by the end of year 3, you will be able to transfer these credits to the institutions that accept such credits. Many of our graduates upgraded their Level-6 Diploma to MSc Accreditations.
17. Is the Level-6 Diploma in Nutritional Therapy an NTEC accredited course?
Yes. The level 6 Diploma in Nutritional Therapy (with clinical practice) is NTEC accredited.
18. Can BCNH graduates register with CNHC?
Our Diploma in Nutritional Therapy graduates can apply for direct entry to the professional register held by the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), which is supported by the Department of Health.
Please see this link for further information about BCNH accreditations.
19. Who awards the Level-6 Diplomas in Nutritional therapy?
The Level-6 Diplomas are awarded by BCNH and each module is credit-rated by the University of Greenwich.
20. As an online / distance learning student, how will I complete the course?
Distance learning students can join lectures live via Panopto or webinar and download lecture notes and audio and video recording of lectures and seminars from our Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle, a couple of days after the lectures or seminars took place. You will also receive the same support as the attendance students which includes:
- Student forums where students can ask questions and our experienced tutors will answer
- Webinars where students can talk face-to-face with the Programme Leaders of the course
- A personal tutor to help guide you through the course when you need help
BCNH feels that with this amount of support, no student will feel isolated during their time on Level-6 Diplomas or the Science Foundation Course.
21. Are there any compulsory attendance days for online / distance learning students?
Yes, for Diploma in Nutritional Therapy students, there are 2 compulsory attendance weekend in the 3rd year (UK based students only) and 2 compulsory attendance weekends in the 4th year (ALL students). For UK students only, there is also a compulsory attendance induction weekend in the 1st year.
22. Is there a clinical placement for the Level-6 Diploma in Nutritional Therapy?
Instead of a clinical placement, BCNH students are introduced to some aspects of clinical practice from their first year. Students complete 3 case studies related to each module being taught. For example, if the module is Digestion, the case studies will be centered on supporting digestive conditions. Specific supplements, and functional tests are also taught to support digestive health.
This early start to clinical practice prepares students for their 4th year in which they consult with their own clients under supervision.
23. What happens during the Year 4 clinical practice?
During the 4th year of the Level-6 Diploma in Nutritional Therapy, students will undertake 5 live case studies with real clients. These case studies will have 3 – 4 consultations each, and each consultation will be supervised by one of our experienced clinic supervisors.
Students can use our dedicated clinic to carry out their consultations, or can be supervised over video technology if it is impractical to travel to London.
More information about the year 4 clinical practice can be found here.
24. What career prospects are there after I complete my Level-6 Diploma in Nutritional therapy?
Many BCNH graduates go on to start their own private Nutritional Therapy practices.
However, there are many other options – it really depends on your personal interests. You can find out more about our graduates’ experiences during the courses and after they have graduated by following this link.