Nutritional therapist

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Nutritional therapists help improve and maintain health and wellbeing through diet and nutrition.
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What does a nutritional therapist do?

Nutritional therapists help people improve and maintain their health and wellbeing through diet and nutrition. You’ll need to know a lot about nutrition and diet, as well as having good communication skills, as you’ll be dealing with a wide range of clients. 


What do I need to do to become a nutritional therapist?

You will need to do a course in nutritional therapy that is recognised by a professional body. Once qualified, you can register with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

To get on to the degree or diploma, you will usually need five GCSEs, including maths and English, and a minimum of two A levels, with at least one in science.

Vocational courses – check with course providers for exact entry requirements as certain science courses (e.g. BTEC National applied science) may be accepted as an alternative.  


Related skills

  • Problem solving
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Business management
  • Customer service
  • Interpersonal skills

Academic route

  • A levels, at least one in science

Vocational route

Vocational courses, e.g. BTEC National applied science

Related subjects

  • Biology
  • Food technology

Essential qualifications

  • Nutritional therapy degree or a therapy course recognised by either the Nutritional Therapy Council or the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy
  • Registration with the CNHC

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Where could I be working?

You will be working indoors, and could be self-employed or working for a small company. You may visit people in their homes, or you may work for a small clinic.

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