Nutritional therapy is becoming more and more
recognised within the health community, it’s
one of the few distance learning courses.
We have a lot of students who wouldn’t normally
be able to study on a BSc course because they
have work commitments or family commitments.
We pride ourselves on being able to support
these students from all over the world and
all over the country. I was anxious that I
would feel detached from the University, but
with Blackboard and forums we’re very much
connected to each other, with supervisors’,
and students, particularly in the last year
when we’ve actually had our study days here
at UWL, which is something you don’t always
get with distance learning. The great thing
about the course has been the flexibility,
it’s been fantastic to be able to live in
Manchester and to study from there, it’s
allowed me to spend a lot of time with my
family and work my studies around them. There’s
a huge variety of different things that people
can do when they graduate, most nutritional
therapists are self-employed but they can
go on to work with other health professionals
in teams or they can work for themselves in
their own clinic, and a lot of nutritional
therapist have what we call a portfolio career
so it means that you can do a variety of work.
The course ran a module about planning and
preparing a business plan. From that, I could
make some decisions and really work out how
I was going to follow that through in practice.
The last year we’ve done a lot of focusing
on how we will actually be when we leave the
course and what we’re going to do, the business
aspects and the clinical practice, so I actually
feel prepared to go out in the world and be
a nutritional therapist. It’s been an amazing
experience and one that I hope I can take
forward to my future practice.