Frequently Asked Questions 2018-05-15T08:26:12+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Experience – IINH has offered accredited vocational courses in nutrition and health since 2002. We were the first college in Ireland to graduate Nutritional Therapists, and we now have over 200 alumni. Experience is a key asset – our four primary tutors have, between them, over 75 years of clinical and teaching experience! In 2005, IINH founded Ireland’s first dedicated Nutritional Therapy Clinic.
  • Reputation – Most of our new students each year are referred by former graduates, or have heard of our reputation elsewhere. Several overseas students have moved to Ireland in order to study with us.
  • Innovation – The first Nutrition & Health Coaches (ever!) graduated from IINH in summer 2011, armed with a brand-new, internationally recognised qualification (BTEC Advanced Diploma in Nutrition & Health Coaching). This programme was created at IINH, and is validated by PEARSON/EDEXCEL, a global accreditation body for academic and vocational education. Our programmes emphasise ‘nutrition in practice’ – learning to teach others why and how to make smarter, healthier food & lifestyle choices, and to make them stick. So, unlike most regular nutrition courses, these aspects get high priority in our Nutrition & Health Coaching programme.
  • Accreditation – IINH is a registered Training Provider for:
    • PEARSON – global accrediting body for our year-1 programme: BTEC Advanced Diploma in Nutrition & Health Coaching
    • ITEC – international examining board for complementary therapy. The ITEC Certificate in Diet & Nutrition for Complementary Therapists is an optional award in Year 1.
    • QQI – Quality and Qualifications Ireland is an independent State agency responsible for promoting quality and accountability in education and training services in Ireland
    • Crossfields Institute – a research institute for social innovation, focussing on education, professional practice and leadership that facilitate transformative ways of life and working practices.
    • NTOI – Irish professional body for Nutritional Therapists that recognises our Diploma in Nutritional Therapy
    • Degree opportunities – Our Nutritional Therapy graduates have progressed to MSc programmes in Nutritional Therapy, Nutritional Science, and Public Health Nutrition, among others, at UK and Irish Universities. CNELM, a UK college specialised in nutrition education ( will fast-track IINH graduates onto a BSc or Masters programme awarded by Middlesex University. Study options are flexible – full-time, part-time, attendance, full e-learning, or blended learning.
  • All our new students enter the 1 year Nutrition & Health Coaching course, which also serves as first year of the NT programme. Learning about the effects of nutrition on the body and doing case studies with genuine volunteer clients will give you a good idea of what it’s all about.
  • This will give you the whole of year 1 to consider if you want to progress to year 2, combining the practical skills of a Nutrition & Health Coach with the scientific knowledge needed to practise Nutritional Therapy.
  • Should you decide to finish after year 1 (or indeed take a break), you will not only have achieved a commendable BTEC Advanced Diploma in Nutrition & Health Coaching, and possibly an additional QQI or ITEC award, but you will also possess the skills to start practising as a Nutrition & Health Coach.
  • If your enthusiasm and interest is fired up, you can carry on to the Diploma in Nutritional Science & Therapeutics, confident that you have sufficient knowledge to build on over the next two and a half years.
  • …healthier cooking oils, low-GI sweeteners, better breakfast cereals, how to cook beans, sourcing alternative spreads, how to use quinoa, gluten-free bread recipes… As a novice Nutritional Therapist you’ll discover that, apart from clinical expertise, you need lots of very practical knowledge & skills around food to help you educate clients and achieve better outcomes. That’s why these essential elements and core skills are covered during the Nutrition & Health Coaching programme in year 1.
  • Other benefits of your training as a Nutrition & Health Coach on the way to NT graduation:
    you can practise – and earn – as a Nutrition & Health Coach whilst studying for the Diploma in Nutritional Science & Therapeutics,
    practical experience gained as a Nutrition & Health Coach provides confidence and useful skills to ‘hit the ground running’ as a newly-graduated Nutritional Therapist.
You don’t need prior knowledge of subjects, but level 2 base knowledge at Junior cert level/GCSE or equivalent is required.

You will need to be reasonably competent in spoken & written English and have basic computer skills. As a rule, we prefer students to be 23 years or older.

No. Many of our students left school – long ago – without science subjects, and our programmes are designed to accommodate them. So there’s no need for any previous science knowledge.
With certain forms of prior learning, it is possible to enter the Diploma in Nutritional Science & Therapeutics programme. However, our Nutrition & Health Coaching year is an integral part of the NT curriculum, and certain elements of it are not taught elsewhere. Our Prior Learning Coordinator will deal with this issue on an individual basis.

The classes for the Nutrition & Health Coaching course are held at the Blackrock Education Centre, Kill Avenue in Dun Laoghaire.
Parking is free and plentiful and there are plenty of public transport options:
Dublin Bus 46A & 75
Walk from Dun Laoghaire DART station approx 36 minutes.
Walk from LUAS stations approx 1 hour.

Suggested study time for the Coaching programme is about 6-10 hours per week. A large part of this is recommended reading. In addition written assignments and case studies form part of the home study.
The average recommended study time for the Diploma in Nutritional Science & Therapeutics programme is about 10-15 hours per week.

Teaching weekends are Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm. During the Nutrition & Health Coaching programme, the Saturday session finishes at 6pm.
Weekends are scheduled about once a month, from early September to early June. There are 10 weekends over the 10 months in the Nutrition & Health Coaching programme and approx 24 weekends in the Nutritional Science & Therapeutics programme. The final part of the course for Nutritional Therapy students comes in the form of 6 months intensive clinical practice.

An initial deposit of 10% of course fee is required to secure a place on the Nutrition & Health Coaching course. See our Course Fees and Payment Options for further details.
The deposit is refundable up until the start of the course, however we do apply a non refundable admin fee of €50.
Students may pay fees all at once, in which case a early settlement fee is applied, or by monthly instalments. See Course Fees and Payment Options 2018 for further information.

If you have to defer from the programme, you may be eligible to complete it the following year. A €100 re-enrolment fee will apply.

All class handouts plus audio recordings can be downloaded from the dedicated Student zone, there is no need to miss anything.
Just 2 or 3 books are recommended for purchase each year, these can often be borrowed or bought second hand.
As soon as students enrol, they may borrow books, DVDs and other materials from the extensive IINH library.
All required lecture materials are supplied by IINH at no extra costs. This includes printed notes, handouts, recordings and access to IINH’s dedicated learning website.