Our students tell you what they love about studying nutrition at the NCA and have some helpful advice to potential students considering studying on the course
Shakela as a student:
"I already work as a nutrition advisor and I wanted to take my professionalism to the next level. I felt that this course would support and develop me for my line of work and with its scientific underpinning this course is giving me all that and more. I am really enjoying everything but the highlight for me is the clinical practice side. Working with clients under supervision in the teaching clinic is giving me confidence and is helping me to see how I will be able to grow my own business in the future. All the staff are really supportive and I feel that I can turn to anybody. It is a lovely place to come and study."
"Getting my qualification with the associated BANT and CNHC professional accreditation has certainly given me the confidence to practise as a healthcare professional. My Postgraduate qualification in Nutritional Therapy has given me the conviction to be able to deliver a personalised and supportive approach for my clients. I now use the functional medicine and lifestyle approach in my clinical practice to get to the root cause of chronic health conditions. I am thrilled to be working collaboratively with a functional medicine GP in Leeds. Our practice is thriving and busy but in a measured way. I have my wonderful course tutors at the NCA to thank for inspiring and believing in me all the way."
James as a student:
"I have two roles – I am a journalist and personal trainer. I have always had a keen interest in nutrition and wanted to learn more about the subject and how to cut through all the information out there. I am doing a lot of endurance sports myself and I am very interested in learning more about the science behind sports nutrition as I progress through my studies and career. I love doing clinic! When I did my personal trainer course all our practice was on each other which only took us so far. Here we do structured clinic sessions with a supervisor on real clients – it helps to break down barriers and you learn a lot more."
"I’m currently working on my dissertation which is looking at the nutritional knowledge of ultramarathon runners as well as being in the process of setting up my own practice. It’s a busy time, but an exciting one. By doing my MSc dissertation, it allows me to better specialise in an area of my practice that I am keen to develop. Alongside this, I am also consulting with a new company that is manufacturing a new kind of energy bar aimed exclusively at Ultramarathon runners. The bar uses pinole, a powdered form of blue corn that fuels a legendary Mexican tribe of runners called the Tarahuma, as its main source of energy."