Science Foundation Courses (SFC)
Why study a science course first?
If you wish to study Nutritional Therapy with BCNH and do not have an A-level (or equivalent) in Chemistry or Biology*, you will be required to complete a Science Foundation Course first.
This is necessary to ensure you have the basic science background required to understand nutritional research and follow the modules on the Diploma in Nutritional Therapy programme.
*Note that some students with a qualification equivalent to Biology A level may still be required to complete the Science Foundation Course, if the qualification does not include sufficient biochemistry content.
On successful completion of the SFC course, you will be awarded a BCNH Certificate of Completion.
We offer TWO Science Foundation Courses
- Standard SFC: 4.5 months in length – online only
- Refresher SFC: Online self-study only, at your own pace
About the SFC
The SFC covers a broad range of topics – you can check the BCNH SFC Learning Outcomes here.
SFC enrolment (18-19)
Please see BCNH enrolment requirements here.
You can enrol on online SFC courses throughout the year.
About the Standard SFC – online
The course fee is £1,300.
This course can be started at any time during the year with options to take the Science Foundation Course exam in May or June (or even later with a prior arrangement).
The online SFC requires no attendance.
All course materials will be provided on our VLE, Moodle, including lecture notes, lecture audio, lecture video and tutorial support.
Following each lecture weekend (approximately two weeks later) there will be an interactive webinar with the course tutor. The aim of these webinars is to discuss revision questions and the content from the previous lecture weekend.
If you enrol on the course late, you can also sit the examinations at a later date, subject to a prior arrangement with the college.
About the Refresher SFC
The course fee is £350
The Refresher SFC is designed for those candidates who have completed their Chemistry / Biochemistry A – level (or an equivalent) within 10 years of enrolment on BCNH Level 6 Diploma course.
The course covers the same syllabus as Standard SFC, however, there is no formal examination for this course.
The Refresher SFC does not include revision materials or tutorial support on Moodle.
Sample Video Recording of a Lecture
All our lectures are video recorded. Please see an example of a video recorded lecture below:
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Panopto recordings (screen shot above), provide the flexibility to watch the recorded lecture from any location, whenever you like. You are also able to easily search for the content you need.
Most students on the Standard SFC find that they need to dedicate around 7 – 8 hours a week to private, self-directed study (in addition to weekend tuition) to pass the course.
Students also have access to various materials such as quizzes and homework questions to help them cement the knowledge.
All BCNH students on the above courses have full access to audio recordings, video recordings and lecture notes on our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle).
Students can post questions to the SFC tutor via the Student Forum on our interactive website, which provides an invaluable online community for student interaction and tutorial support during the academic year.
Students can also attend regular online webinars, where they can interact with the course tutor live.
We look forward to hearing from you!
If you wish to learn more about the college and the courses we offer, you are most welcome to attend one of our Open Mornings or Evenings or join us online for one of our Course webinars.
Alternatively, you can call our friendly admin team for further information: +44 (0) 207 433 2555.
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