College facilities and information
Our MSc in Nutrition Science and Practice has a very integrated approach, ensuring that everything you learn in class is backed up with practical experience in our teaching clinic here at the NCA.
The library, core texts and access to research papers
Our nutrition students have their own section of our library holding a wide range of key texts, journals and dissertations and support and assistance are available from our librarian Cath.
We have a list of recommend text books that you have an option to buy and these are also useful to engage with if you are considering studying on the course. We also have access to various databases to enable you to find the information you need. Cath our librarian will help you if you can’t find what you need.
Diet analysis computer package
Before you start your clinical practice in term two you will also be expected to buy the dietary analysis software package Nutritics 10. This is the package that we use in clinic. This is a National Occupational Standards (NOS) requirement and you will not only use this as a student on the course, but afterwards when you are in practice. The majority of our students pay for monthly access to the package which costs around £17 per month.
Online learning resources and e-learning
You are required to have access to a computer and this will need to be compatible with our e-learning facility. Our online e-learning environment gives you access to the e-learning material, all course materials, discussion forums and a variety of other online resources. You will receive all the support and help you need to use our online resources confidently. You will need to have word processing, e-mail and broadband and we expect all written work to be submitted in word-processed form.
NCA e-learning sessions are optimised for PC, Mac and iPad. It is your responsibility to ensure you have a suitably-specified device and internet access capable of receiving and running the e-learning sessions. Before starting the course, check the IT minimum specification document below.
"The NCA has a supportive learning environment and is a friendly place. The College aims to reach and maintain high standards across all areas of teaching and practice of nutrition."
In College IT facilities
We have wireless internet access throughout the building and a number of PCs for student use.
Access to research material
You will also have access to a range of online journals via our e-learning portal, currently Science Direct, AltHealthwatch and Allied and Complementary Medicine Database (AMED).
BANT student membership
At the start of the course you will join BANT as a student member. This is a compulsory membership because you will be adhering to the BANT Code of Conduct in our teaching clinic. The cost is £60 registration fee then £20 per year as a student. Membership also gives you access to their excellent website which houses a natural medicines database, seminars and discussion forums. You also receive a regular newsletter outlining the changes within the profession and what is happening in the field.
There is access to the whole College for students with disabilities. We will discuss your needs with you individually to assess how best we can support you.
There is a wide range of accommodation to choose from in York. We are centrally located with a lot of choice close to the College including guest houses, back-packers, budget and mid-range hotels. Many of our students stay with local families who offer reasonably priced bed and breakfast accommodation in their homes at around £25 for bed and “help yourself” breakfast.
As a student you are only allowed to use our car park if you have a disability blue badge. There are several long stay car parks close by with the nearest being Nunnery Lane. Many of our students use the various “park and ride” facilities on the outskirts of the city with a drop off point on Rougier Street, which is a 5 minute walk from the College.
Coming by train
We are a ten minute walk from the station. You will be entitled to buy a railcard to help toward the cost of rail travel.