Level 6 Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine
About the Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine
|This course has been designed as a replacement for our previous Level 6 Diploma in Nutritional Therapy and is informed by our 20 years of experience in nutrition education.The course includes all the excellent content and features of our old Diploma, updated to provide even more flexibility and to reward students with additional credits for the work they complete.|
The course takes 3 – 6 years to complete, enabling you to fit your studies around your other commitments.
Students who successfully complete this course will accumulate 240 University credits. [Please note that, at time of writing, modules and credits are subject to credit-rating by the University of Greenwich].
If you wish to practice as a BANT Registered Nutritional Therapist, this is the right course for you as it will provide you with a thorough foundation in both technical knowledge and clinical skills, allowing you to practice with confidence.
We are delighted to announce that students enrolling on BCNH Diploma in September 2020 will be eligible for a Full BANT Membership, as confirmed in BANT letter, dated March 20.
You can download information and fees for our new Level-6 Diploma modules here.
|If you do not wish to practice Nutritional Therapy and you are looking to study for personal interest only, you can buy individual online modules only (without examination).|
The Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine is accredited by the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC), allowing graduates to apply for direct entry to the professional register held by the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), which is supported by the Department of Health.
To read more about our accreditations, please see here.
|Candidates will be awarded the Level 6 Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine by BCNH, subject to successful completion of all core BCNH modules and Level 6 clinical practice.|
Credit-rating by the University of Greenwich
We have a strong working relationship with the University of Greenwich, which has credit-rated our nutritional therapy Diploma modules at levels 4, 5 or 6 since 2005.
The University acts as an external quality control, overseeing all aspects of BCNH modules from module content, to teaching and learning strategies and assessment methods. This means that our students can be confident that they are receiving a high-quality education.
Our new Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine includes all the excellent content from our old nutritional therapy Diploma, reorganised into new modules. At the time of writing, the new modules have been submitted to the University for credit-rating and are awaiting approval.
For further details on enrolment requirements, course fees and accreditation of prior learning (APL), please see here.
Students can enrol on BCNH Diploma twice a year; in September and December.
Our teaching is based on a blended learning strategy, combining learning via electronic and online media with face-to-face teaching.
Lectures are either pre-recorded, to watch in your own time, or delivered live online, giving you the option of joining the session from the comfort of your own home. Live lectures are also recorded for those who are unable to participate live (e.g. due to time zone differences or prior commitments), providing you with the ultimate flexibility. There is also a webinar for each module to further support student learning.
Classroom attendance – students can attend theory and clinical seminars at University College London (WC1) approximately once a month. Seminars are also streamed, or delivered by webinar technology, for students unable to attend in London and all sessions are recorded for maximum flexibility.
Our Thorough Training Offers Excellent Value for Money
|BCNH students agree that our thorough training and passion for nutrition offers excellent value for money.|
|Our Diploma course offers the most comprehensive training in nutrition – our curriculum is updated every year to reflect the latest research and our lecturers are experts in their field.|
Our evidence-based training also equips students with the necessary skills to search, analyse and critically evaluate nutrition research; a skill with is essential for safe practice.
We offer a unique, comprehensive clinical training programme during the final year of the Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine – essential for all students aiming to become Registered Nutrition Practitioners and providing you with the best possible foundation for a successful career.
|We also instil in our students the importance of detailed technical knowledge. “Mechanisms” is a sacred word at BCNH and all of our students and graduates associate BCNH with mechanisms! Essentially, this is about understanding ‘why’ or ‘how’ a food or nutrient, for example, may be beneficial or harmful for your client by understanding the physiological processes it can influence in the body. Knowing your mechanisms is important in order to be taken seriously by both your clients and fellow health professionals.|
We treat students as individuals, not as numbers, offering excellent tutorial support.
We care about each one of you and ensure that you are supported in every way possible to meet your goals. Each year you will have a personal tutor, who will monitor your progress and offer academic as well as pastoral support via Skype and via discussion forums on our virtual learning environment.
Whether you are an attending student or a distance learning student, our tutors and programme leaders are there to support you throughout your studies, helping you to develop strong clinical and academic skills.
As our Diploma modules are highly academic, you will require approximately 15 hours per week to study modules, read research papers, complete on-line quiz exercises, summative assignments, etc.
Although this may seem like a significant time investment, the topics we teach on the course are fascinating and, if you are passionate about nutrition, it will not feel like a ‘sacrifice’.
Work and Study
As with all our courses, Diploma course is designed with flexibility in mind and can be completed alongside other commitments (please see Flexible Study Options for further information).
As the teaching is at degree-level, the coursework can be challenging, however our team will support you every step of the way to make your experience and studies at BCNH enjoyable.
Whilst you do not need to give up your job to study with BCNH, we do recommend a 4-day-a-week work schedule, where possible, to accommodate the 15 hours a week of self-directed study time estimated to be required for successful completion. A 5-day a week work schedule is, however, also acceptable if you are willing to ‘sacrifice’ more weekend time for study.
BCNH – The Choice of Professional Nutrition Practitioners
Tracey Randell, a successful BCNH graduate and lecturer, will choose only BCNH graduates to work with her in clinical practice. Tracey appreciates the rigorous training our graduates get, which is of utmost importance to her busy and successful clinical practice.
Your New Journey
From this point forward, you will embark on a new and exciting journey towards your new career, helping people to change their lives.
See some success stories of our graduates to inspire you!
“Nutrition has changed my life; it can change yours, too.” Breda Gajsek, BCNH Principal & Founder
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