Find out when our next nutritional therapy courses start as well as when our next introductory events will be held.


Latest news: Our 2019 MSc in Nutrition Science and Practice starts in September and the Nutrition Access course is available from 1st February. Our next introductory event is on Monday 4th March and if you are considering starting with us in 2019 we highly recommend that you book a place on this event and submit your application form as places are filling quickly.

Nutrition Access Course 2019

Study on our nutritional therapy courses at the Northern College of Acupuncture

The Nutrition Access Course is the preparatory course for our MSc in Nutrition Science and Practice. All our students come to us with different backgrounds and skill sets, and before you are accepted as a student on the MSc in Nutrition Science and Practice you will be expected to have basic knowledge in the following subjects:

  • Biochemistry and Pharmacology
  • Nutrition Basics
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Our Nutrition Access Course has been specifically developed by our teaching team to bridge any gaps you may have in your knowledge in order to prepare everyone to a basic level. Most students are expected to complete the Access Course. Very occasionally we may be able offer an exemption from a particular module and this can be discussed at interview.

NB: Our Nutrition Access Course is not a stand-alone qualification and can only be taken by students who are starting our MSc course.

Nutrition course student Lin Petry, Northern College of Acupuncture

Student Lin Petry

"I took the whole Access Course because I don’t have a background in biology, biochemistry or health related studies. I started the course once I had received a conditional offer of a place at the Masters course and it soon became clear that I really needed all the time and information for a good introduction. The information was all new, however I was really interested and got stuck in with lots of enthusiasm. The steepest learning curve for me was biochemistry and I looked at some very basic foundation literature to help me understand the e-learning session and the suggested literature. Once I understood the basics I really enjoyed understanding the beginnings of the mysterious world of cells, bonds, and how it all works in our bodies: fascinating material! E-learning was also a very new way of learning to me however, once I got used to working with Moodle it was fairly straight forward. It is really great that you can do so much of your basic learning away from College, which helped to combine the course with work and family life. The consolidation weekends were really great to get to know the other students in my year and helped me to feel connected to the College. They also gave me an opportunity to meet the tutors in person, which then in turn helped with the e-learning. The weekends were such a positive experience which helped me to compare notes and feel supported by the other students and tutors alike. I didn’t really take advantage of the forum to get to know students before the first weekend. However, once we had met, we set up social media groups and I had a tentative look at the forums, which, now that the first year has picked up momentum, is certainly a place where we all share information."

There are four course components...

1. E-learning

This covers the basics in biochemistry and pharmacology, nutrition, and anatomy and physiology. Students can start this e-learning from February 1st. You will be supported by our tutors and you will have access to the online forum which will enable you to connect with the other students on the Access Course.



2. Work Books

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutrition Basics

These workbooks are issued as part of the e-learning and you will work through these. Following the teaching sessions, these will be handed in and marked.

3. Teaching days in College

This comprises two taught weekends at College in July and August and covers:

  • Two days of consolidation for the Biochemistry and Pharmacology e-learning
  • One consolidation day for the Nutrition Basics e-learning
  • One day for the Anatomy and Physiology workbook and e-learning



4. Assessment

This comprises of

  • Marking of workbooks
  • Online biochemistry test

These assessments must be passed before you can start the Masters course.

Dates for 2019

E-learning sessions

  • Access from the 1st February for the e-learning

What students say about the Nutrition Access Course...

"The access course was a challenging but rewarding introduction to nutrition science and practice. A great, friendly and helpful environment to prepare us for the MSc."

"I am a chartered accountant and have always been interested in nutrition and health and it seemed like a good time in my life to make the move into this area."

Taught weekends

  • Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July
  • Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August


Your fees include all the teaching and learning opportunities provided by our teaching staff and access to our online e-learning environment, and are payable in advance of the start of the course.

Fee for the whole Access Course - £700

For students who only need to attend some of the modules the fees are:

Anatomy and Physiology - £175

Biochemistry and Pharmacology - £350

Nutrition Basics - £175