Top-Up to BSc (Hons) in Nutritional Therapy
Top-Up to BSc (Hons) in Nutritional Therapy

with the award-winning College of Naturopathic Medicine

1.5 years part-time study.
Study In-Class (London) or Online (worldwide).

Validated by the University of Buckingham.

Validated by the University of Buckingham.

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BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy Top-Up

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BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy Top-Up

CNM’s 1.5 year BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy Top-Up has been designed for those holding a CNM Nutritional Therapy Diploma. The top-up degree is divided into 3 semesters with substantial clinical hours and a significant focus on therapeutic applications. The course can be studied in-class (London) or online from anywhere in the world.

Forged in CNM’s naturopathic philosophy, this course provides a blend of traditional medicine and scientific knowledge. By the end of the course, students will have gained extensive practice-orientated knowledge and an additional 300 hours of advanced clinical training.

CNM has been training Nutritional Therapists since 1998 and has become the largest training provider for natural therapies in the UK and Ireland, with 10 college locations in the region. The quality of CNM’s training has been acknowledged by the prestigious IHCAN award for Best College, which CNM has won for 3 consecutive years.

The BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy Top-Up builds upon the success of CNM’s Ofqual-regulated (UK government-approved) diploma. The degree offers training in advanced training modules in specialist areas such as digestive health, paediatrics, autoimmunity, mycotherapy and fertility, whilst also covering additional diagnostic tools, coaching and business skills.

80% of CNM’s graduates are practising.


Length of Study: 1.5 years part-time.

Clinical Hours: 300 hours.

College Locations: In-Class (London) or Online (worldwide).

Award: BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy.

Validating Institution: The University of Buckingham.

Teaching Institution: College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM).

Accreditation: GNC, ANP, and others.


Top-Up BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy

Why to study for a Top-Up BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy with CNM?

  • Advanced training modules covering topics such as paediatrics, medicinal mushrooms, fertility, etc.
  • 300 hours advanced clinical practice to become confident in dealing with patients.
  • In-depth, practice-oriented study leading to successful practitioners.
  • Excellent up-to-date educational material including filmed lectures.
  • Natural therapies and diagnostic tools, as well as coaching and fitness.
  • Business training supporting you to set up and grow a successful clinic.
  • Experienced and supportive lecturers who are practitioners themselves.
  • Study part-time or full-time; in-class or online from wherever you are.
  • 24/7 access to the bespoke CNM E-Learning platform.
  • Regular tutorials, webinars & student meet-up groups.

Study with the award-winning CNM to become a successful therapist.

Course Structure

The first semester includes training in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnostic tools such as pulse and tongue diagnosis, as well as the TCM energetic approach to nutrition. Students gain a deeper insight into the use of herbal medicines in nutritional therapy practice, including how to make and use herbs therapeutically for common ailments. In this semester, students also receive comprehensive training in coaching – a hugely valuable skill set for a nutritional therapist.

The second semester provides advanced training modules in areas such as paediatrics, digestive health, fertility, mycotherapy, cancer, women’s health and sports nutrition. Students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to specialise in various fields within nutritional therapy. Lectures are delivered by industry-leading practitioners including world-renowned Naturopath, Dr Joseph Pizzorno ND. In this semester, students further develop their case-taking and practitioner development skills in preparation for the final, clinic-focused semester.

The third semester includes an advanced clinical unit, where students take cases whilst gaining more autonomy to treat their own patients using extensive tools within nutritional and other natural approaches taught on the programme. Students complete a research project in an area of their particular interest. Top-Up BSc students will also have all the tools needed to grow and expand a successful clinic or health business.

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Semester 1:

  • Natural Medicine – learn how to integrate herbal medicine and detoxification techniques into nutritional therapy practice. Understand how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnostics and therapeutics can be applied to clinic, and study highly effective, but simple naturopathic bodywork techniques.
  • Nutrition & Behaviour – gain coaching skills and motivate patients to meet their set health goals, and identify barriers to change. Taken from CNM’s Ofqual-regulated Health Coach diploma.
  • Plant Sciences – gain a comprehensive insight into the field of plant medicine and the key plant constituents that support health. Learn also how to grow and harvest organic plants.
  • Foundations of Naturopathic Nutrition – learn about research in the context of nutritional therapy practice, and explore the fundamentals of food production and determining the nutrient composition of foods.

Semester 2:

  • Advanced Nutritional Therapeutics – gain specialist skills in areas such as digestive health, medicinal mushrooms, environmental toxins, fertility, paediatrics, sports nutrition and more. Learn how to formulate individualised treatment protocols to address the root cause of a patient’s presenting symptoms.
  • Clinical Practice – improve your clinical skills by taking supervised cases. In addition, watch numerous high-quality filmed cases, demonstrating how to approach a variety of case presentations. Learn from the best practitioners to become a confident Nutritional Therapist.
  • Practitioner Development – develop key practitioner skills on the journey to becoming a competent, professional and empathic BSc (Hons) trained Nutritional Therapist.

Semester 3:

  • Advanced Clinics – students continue to take their own cases whilst gaining more autonomy. The second half of the advanced clinic is without direct supervision to transition the student towards an experienced professional practitioner who knows how to take cases, analyse them, develop a treatment plan and how to coach clients to achieve set goals.
  • Research Project – students will complete a research project in an area of their particular interest. This allows individuals to dive deeper into an area of potential future specialism.

What our students are saying.

"When I saw CNM's BSc programme, I wanted to enrol straight away"

“My name is Valentina. I am a CNM Nutritional Therapist, running a globally successful practice in Italy where I help women struggling with infertility problems to get pregnant. I consider attaining a CNM Nutrition diploma as the best investment I have ever made as it enables me to follow my dream to get clients back to health.

I didn’t want to waste time and money after graduation on a Bachelor of Science degree, as the ones I investigated were purely theory and wouldn’t provide me with more therapeutic knowledge and practical skills. This would be acceptable for those wanting to work in a lab or develop supplements but my interest is in improving people’s health. As much as I love science which we covered a lot at CNM, for me, practical knowledge is key.

When I saw CNM’s BSc programme, I wanted to enrol straight away. I could see how this would improve my knowledge and enhance my skills as a practitioner. Advanced clinical skills, coaching, herbal medicine, mushrooms, fitness, more attention to chronic conditions, and a lot more clinical training by CNM’s best therapists seemed a dream come true. I can already see how this will improve my clients` outcomes. I love the programme and I can’t wait to start as I can see how the CNM BSc will help me to become a better practitioner.”

Valentina A.
CNM Nutritional Therapist

What others are saying.

“This BSc looks incredibly comprehensive.” R.G.

“Very practice relevant which many degree courses fall short of.” M.C.

“This BSc is truly holistic in its approach.” H.T.


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Prerequisites for CNM’s Nutritional Therapy Degree

Two A-level passes BB, or above (or equivalent). GCSE English and Maths at Grade C / Grade 4, or above (or equivalent).

English language level equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component), or equivalent.

NB: The Admissions Tutor is happy to consider entrants from all backgrounds with slightly lower qualifications if they are able to demonstrate an alternative eligibility for the course.

Nutrition Course Accreditation

Nutrition Training


GNC (General Naturopathic Council). Graduates are eligible to apply for GNC registration.

CNM Students are eligible to join the ANP (Association of Naturopathic Practitioners) and receive the following benefits:

  • Access to various databases for further research.
  • Discounted indemnity insurance for clinical practice.
  • Discounts from various companies.
  • Reduced fees for special seminars, lectures, master classes, workshops.

Approved by the IICT (International Institute for Complementary Therapists) Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK and EU.

Naturopathy Training

Nutrition students who complete the optional Naturopathy Study and Naturopathic Principles courses will receive an additional CNM Diploma in Naturopathy which is accredited by the following Naturopathic Associations:


GNC (General Naturopathic Council). Graduates are eligible to apply for GNC registration.

ANP (Association of Naturopathic Practitioners) The ANP is the largest Association for Naturopathic Nutrition and Naturopathy in the UK and Ireland. ANP members are widely respected in the industry in Europe and Internationally.

Top-Up BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy

Career Opportunities in Nutrition

Natural Therapists usually work freelance, but there is plenty of potential for employment in spas, healthcare research, administration, retail or media, in family consulting clinics, and beauty clinics. It is also possible to specialise, for example, by working with children, the elderly or within sports.

Further Studies

Having completed the Naturopathic Nutrition course, graduates are fully equipped and confident to start their own clinic. CNM offers graduates the opportunity to further increase their knowledge by adding the Naturopathy Study and Naturopathic Principles modules.

This means not only being qualified as a Nutritionist but also as a Naturopath giving more diagnostic and treatment tools on hand to help patients. The Naturopathy diploma can be studied whilst you are studying for your Naturopathic Nutrition Diploma or after graduation. Graduates will receive a Naturopathy Diploma after completing the course, allowing them to join a professional Naturopathy association.
Students who have completed the Biomedicine, Naturopathy Study and Naturopathic Principles may opt to study the other specialist diploma courses, HomeopathyHerbal Medicine, and Acupuncture.

Nutritional Therapy is the use of foods, diets, fasting, supplements, functional foods and dietary counselling, assessment and support to help people reach their health goals. Health goals can range from weight management to disease symptom support, optimal sports function, eating for a healthy pregnancy and more. The primary focus of Nutritional Therapy is ‘Food as Medicine’, evidence-based interventions of diet and dietary habits to optimise health and wellness. The current swell of interest in nutrition and the accompanying advances in research have shown that we are all unique and dietary modifications work best when tailored to the individual. Naturopathic Nutritionists, as trained by CNM, are also mindful of how lifestyle and environmental factors impact the health of an individual, and keep this in mind when preparing natural health and wellness plans.

In the UK, the main difference between a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree and a Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc Hons) degree is the level of academic achievement and the depth of study. An Honours degree has an enhanced focus on the area taught.

In terms of academic recognition and career prospects, it is often remarked that BSc (Hons) degrees are generally viewed more favourably and can open up additional opportunities for postgraduate study. They are often a prerequisite for entry into certain postgraduate programmes or research positions.