Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
|General (Qs 1 – 3)||Accreditation (Qs 14 – 16)|
|Enrolment: (Qs 4 – 5)||Flexible Study Options: (Qs 17 – 18)|
|Course Fees & Funding: (Qs 6 – 9)||Clinical Practice: (Qs 19 – 20)|
|About SFC Courses: (Q 10)||Career Prospects: (Q 21)|
|About Level 6 Diploma: (Qs 11 – 13)|
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 full academic year of dedicated 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.|
|Don’t just take our word for it, follow this link to see what some of our graduates say!|
|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?|
|If you hold international qualifications, you can check to see how your qualifications compare to UK qualifications by submitting them to UK NARIC. NARIC will provide you with a Statement of Comparability which should be submitted with your application to study with BCNH.|
|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?|
|Students can choose to pay fees per module (in advance of each module starting) or can pay the fee for all modules per level in advance. Requests to pay in additional instalments (e.g. monthly) will be considered at the time of enrolment; if the request is granted, the student must sign a credit agreement and ensure all payments are received on time. Please note that BCNH reserves the right not to grant instalment requests.|
|9.||What’s the difference in price for international students?|
|There is no price difference for international students who are studying at BCNH.|
|Science Foundation Course (SFC)|
|10.||I don’t have a science background. Do I need to complete a Science Foundation Course before enrolling on the Level 6 Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine?|
|As of September 2020, our Diploma course will include core chemistry, biochemistry and cytology teaching in the very first module. This enables us to accept students without a science background directly onto the Diploma course and therefore you would not need to complete a Science Foundation Course first. |
We are, however, still offering our Science Foundation Course (SFC) to students, with the next course running from March – June 2020. If you have the time to complete the SFC during these months, you can get ahead with your Diploma studies as successful completion of the SFC now would exempt you from the first Diploma module and enable you to start in September with our second module (Anatomy & Physiology).
|About Level 6 Diploma|
|11.||Why is your Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine 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. Our Level 4, 5 & 6 modules provide students with a detailed, technical grounding, one which we feel is more in-depth than any other course on the market. For example, our students are fortunate to have a 2-day lecture on Nutrition 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 nutrition practitioners.|
|12.||Can I complete the clinical practice year 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.|
|13.||Will the Level 6 Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine allow me to pursue further studies (e.g. BSc or MSc) after|
|YES – as BCNH modules are due to be credit-rated by the University of Greenwich, you will have acquired 240 university credits upon completion of your studies. These credits may be eligible to transfer into a BSc programme with another institution; however, you will need to discuss this with the institution in question. Most graduates who choose to continue their studies apply directly to an MSc course, rather than transferring the credits into a BSc course. There are several Masters courses in nutrition which have accepted BCNH graduates; we can provide you with further information on these programmes upon interview or during the course of your studies.|
|14.||Is the Level-6 Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine an NTEC accredited course?|
|The Level 6 Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine is a rebranding of our original Level 6 Diploma in Nutritional Therapy, which is NTEC accredited until September 2022.|
|15.||Can BCNH graduates register with CNHC?|
|Our Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine 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.|
|16.||Who awards the Level-6 Diplomas in Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine?|
|The Level-6 Diploma is awarded by BCNH and each module is credit-rated by the University of Greenwich.|
|Flexible Study Options|
|17.||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:|
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.
|18.||Are there any compulsory attendance days for online / distance learning students?|
|Yes,there is 1 compulsory attendance weekends in the final year (ALL students). For UK students only, we also recommend attending an induction day in the first year.|
|19.||Is there a clinical placement for the Level-6 Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine?|
|During the clinical practice year, students are not required to complete a clinical placement. Our final year students will consult with their own clients under supervision in the BCNH Clinic. Distance learners will be supervised via video-conferencing software.|| |
|20.||So what happens during the Year 4 clinical practice?|
|During the clinical practice year of the Level 6 Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine, students will undertake 5 live case studies with real clients. These case studies will have 3 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 our clinical practice year can be found here.
|21.||What career prospects are there after I complete my Level-6 Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine?|
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.