Support for our students
We take pride in our friendly and personal approach and we aim to provide you with high levels of support.
Support during your training
We are committed to supporting you to succeed in completing the nutrition science and practice course. When you start you will be allocated a personal tutor who will give support and advice throughout the two years in College. Together you write a personal development plan which helps you to identify any support you may need during your time with us, and you will meet regularly to discuss your learning and your studies. If you need additional one-to- one input we have dedicated learning support tutors and a counselling service. There are also regular classroom sessions on the skills you need to enjoy your studies and to succeed in your assessments.
Life can be complicated at times and we understand that unexpected things happen. Our experience also tells us that training to be a nutrition practitioner can sometimes be challenging, and may even bring up personal issues. Within your study years with us some of you will need our help – your problem may be study related, family, health issues, money worries or simply a crisis in confidence. Our Course Director Karen MacGillivray Fallis is responsible for pastoral welfare for the nutrition students and, if you are struggling, you can talk to Karen or your personal tutor.
Our staff are all supportive and willing to help and our doors are always open. You will find your fellow students an important source of mutual support and our cohorts form strong bonds of friendship throughout the course and beyond.
Assistance and support for students with dyslexia
"I struggled with my viva voce mock exam and requested a second attempt. The tutors involved went out of their way to provide this for me and I received helpful feedback. This boosted my confidence and my final viva voce exam produced my personal best mark of the two years!"
At the start of your course you will undertake a short learning skills assessment survey which helps us to identify any learning difficulties you may have and put in place support. If you need to have a dyslexia assessment we will pay up to £250, which is most of the cost of the assessment. You will not receive this as a separate payment, but it will be deducted from your course fees. Once you have had your assessment you may receive financial help via the Disabled Student Allowance thatenables you to purchase learning aids such as laptops and software. Some people also receive funding for extra study help from a specialised dyslexia support tutor. We will support you during your studies, particularly with access to one to one sessions with our learning support tutors. You may also have extra time in examinations, and markers will make allowance for your dyslexia when marking your written assignments.
"When I came to the open event the students I spoke to said that there was a great deal of support and I have found that to be one of the greatest strengths of the College."
Assistance and support for students with disability
We work hard to support and accommodate students with disabilities. You also may be eligible for a Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) from the government – this will give you some funding to help towards special needs such as transportation, accommodation, equipment etc.
Support when you have qualified
We run regular nutrition seminars here at the NCA which are open to our students, our graduates and other practitioners. In addition, your professional body BANT is a community of practitioners who share information and understanding, particularly via their website. BANT also run regular seminars and CPD events around the country. Our nutrition science and practice cohorts create a friendship network that continues long after you have qualified and our students keep in touch and help each other in many ways both personally and professionally.