Nutritional Science and Nutritional Therapy

BSc (Hons) Nutritional Science

Key Features:

  • Validated by Middlesex University
  • 100% Distance Learning
  • Available to study full-time (3 years) or part-time 4.5-5 years
  • Opportunities to start throughout the year in January, April and September
  • Can be combined with the CNELM Personalised Nutrition Practice Diploma (PNPD)  as an accredited route to Nutritional Therapy practice

Please Note: The last intake for this programme is in September 2024. Students commencing study in September 2024 can complete the programme in a maximum of 4.5 years.

Entry Requirements:

  • ‘A’ levels A-C or equivalent in Human Biology & Chemistry (or similar subjects), OR CNELM’s Bioscience Entry modules: Chemistry & Human Biology
  • GCSE in mathematics, or equivalent, OR CNELM’s Maths Foundation entry module
  • GCSE in English Language or equivalent
  • IELTs 6.0 or TOEFL equivalent is the standard requirement for applicants where English is not your first language
  • Basic computer skills including word processing, internet browsing and use of email
  • If you think you are eligible to join the programme as an Advanced Learner then please review the link for Advanced Learner Entry

Please Note: GCSE and ‘A’ level, or equivalent qualifications accepted within a 5-year currency or demonstrating continued application in the workplace.


Whether wishing to pursue a career in industry, nutrition research, education, public health and community work or in personalised nutrition practice this course provides the necessary health sciences that underpin nutritional science and personalised nutritional therapy practice. This course integrates a systems biology and functional nutrition approach to understanding health and illness, together with the research approaches necessary to support public health and personalised nutrition interventions. In order to practice as a nutritional therapist students must also complete the PNPD.

Bioscience underpins the study of nutrition and you will learn about nutritional biochemistry, applied physiology and pathology. In addition you will learn about the nutrition industry from farm to fork, food science and safety, the complexities of product development, and the use of natural products and the complexity of drug-nutrient-food interactions. You will have the opportunity to work independently and in groups with peers; to engage in collaborative research projects and to develop critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making skills as individuals and as part of a team. Unique to this programme you will have irrespective of location the opportunity to engage with 50 hours of online work experience with a company.

After graduation you should feel prepared to enter the workplace at multiple levels, including:

  • Research, development and technical support for a wide range of companies, including testing laboratories, supplement manufacturers & distributors, food manufacturers and suppliers
  • Nutrition and health education including health writing and teaching the public and professionals
  • Work within community settings to assist in the development of sustainable ‘healthy’ communities
  • Combined with the CNELM Personalised Nutrition Practice Diploma, to practice as a nutritional therapist.

Study Progression

  • A popular option for current and prospective students is to combine this course with the CNELM Personalised Nutrition Practice Diploma as an accredited route leading to nutritional therapy practice.
  • Graduates of the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Science can also apply to join the postgraduate Personalised Nutrition programme at CNELM or apply to other universities or colleges to study at Masters or Doctorate level including Middlesex University.

For further details on the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Science, including Study Options, Course Outline and Fees, please refer to our full Prospectus


t: 0118 979 8686
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a: Centre for Nutrition Education & Lifestyle Management (CNELM) | PO Box 3739 | Wokingham | Berkshire | RG40 9UA

CNELM is a collaborative partner of Middlesex University (MDX). The undergraduate and postgraduate courses we teach are validated and  quality  assured by MDX. You will receive an MDX award on successful completion and be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at their campus.

The NTEC accredits courses for nutritional therapy. The BSc (Hons) Nutritional Science and the MSc/PG Dip in Personalised Nutrition combined with CNELM’s Personalised Nutrition Practice Diploma (PNPD) are accredited by NTEC.

The CNHC is the voluntary regulator for complementary therapists including Nutritional Therapists. Following successful completion of one of our accredited routes to nutritional therapy practice you will be eligible to apply to register with CNHC as a Nutritional Therapist.

BANT is a professional body for Nutritional Therapists that have completed NTEC accredited courses, or have demonstrated having met the NTEC Core Curriculum and National Occupational Standards set by Skills for Health for nutritional therapy. Practitioner members of BANT are required to register with the CNHC.

The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) has accredited CNELM’s Dietary Educator Certificate. On successful completion of this course you will be eligible to apply to register as a Dietary Educator with the FHT.

Students that meet verification standards for the ‘NLP Practitioner Certificate’ can apply to register with the Association for Neurolinguistic Programming ANLP.

Students registered with Qualifi that meet the outcomes of the Personalised Nutrition Practice Diploma (PNPD) Course assessed up to Level 6 will receive a Qualifi Endorsed Certificate. Qualifi is a recognised UK awarding organisation regulated in England by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).