Science Foundation Courses (SFC)
Do you Need a Science Background to Study with BCNH?
Nutrition is a science and, therefore, in order to understand nutritional research and follow the modules on the BCNH Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine, it is necessary to have a basic science background.
Our new Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine includes core chemistry, biochemistry and cytology teaching in the very first module, enabling us to accept students without a science background directly onto the Diploma course.
However, if you do not wish to wait until September 2020 to get started with your studies, and you do not have an A level in Chemistry or Biology (from within the last 5 years), you may choose to complete our Science Foundation Course (SFC) now, between March and June 2020 (late enrolments are possible).
Students who successfully complete the SFC will be exempt from the first Diploma module in September and will start with the second module.
Why Study a Science Course First?
If you wish to study Nutritional Therapy with BCNH and do not have an A-level (or equivalent) in Chemistry or Biology*, you will be required to complete a Science Foundation Course first.
This is necessary to ensure you have the basic science background required to understand nutritional research and follow the modules on the Diploma in Nutritional Therapy programme.
*Note that some students with a qualification equivalent to Biology A level may still be required to complete the Science Foundation Course, if the qualification does not include sufficient biochemistry content.
On successful completion of the SFC course, you will be awarded a BCNH Certificate of Completion.
We offer TWO Science Foundation Courses
- Standard SFC: 3 months in length – online only
- Refresher SFC: Online self-study only, at your own pace
About our Science Foundation Course (SFC)
The BCNH Science Foundation Course is a tailor-made course designed to prepare students for further studies on our Level 6 Diploma. It is an online course, divided into 4 units. Each unit consists of approximately 3-5 hours of pre-recorded lectures, with lecture notes, audio and video recordings available on our virtual learning environment (Moodle). A breakdown of course coverage can be found here.
Students are supported in their learning via regular webinars with the SFC tutor, a discussion forum, practice quizzes and mock examination questions. The course is assessed via examination in June 2020 (or later with prior arrangement).
The SFC course fee is £1,300.
Science Foundation Course Enrolment Requirements
The enrolment requirements are as follows:
- Basic computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- A minimum of 5 GCSE’s (grade C and above, including Maths & English)
- If English is not your first language, you will also need to provide an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) certificate with a minimum grade of 7
- Compulsory interview – all candidates who wish to study at BCNH must have an interview with a member of the BCNH academic team. Interviews may take place in person at our Head Office, or may be via video-conference (e.g. Skype)
You can complete the BCNH Interview Form here (having an interview does not oblige you to enrol on the course and simply enables us to identify whether we are the right course for you).
Mature applicants (over 21) with a variety of educational backgrounds, including those who may not have formal qualifications, are welcome to apply.
About the Refresher SFC
The course fee is £350
The Refresher SFC is designed for those candidates who have completed their Chemistry / Biochemistry A – level (or an equivalent) within 10 years of enrolment on BCNH Level 6 Diploma course.
The course covers the same syllabus as Standard SFC, however, there is no formal examination for this course.
The Refresher SFC does not include revision materials or tutorial support on Moodle.
Sample Video Recording of a Lecture
All our lectures are video recorded. Please see an example of a video recorded lecture below:
Panopto recordings provide the flexibility to watch the recorded lecture from any location, whenever you like. You are also able to easily search for the content you need.
Most students on the SFC find that they need to dedicate around 10-15 hours a week to private, self-directed study to pass the course.
Late enrolments may need to dedicate additional time in order to complete the course, depending upon the date of enrolment and the agreed examination date.
All SFC students have full access to audio recordings, video recordings and lecture notes on our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle).
Students can post questions to the SFC tutor via the Student Forum on our interactive website, which provides an invaluable online community for student interaction and tutorial support during the academic year.
Students can also attend regular online webinars, where they can interact with the course tutor live.
We look forward to hearing from you!
If you wish to learn more about the college and the courses we offer, you are most welcome to attend one of our Open Mornings or Evenings or join us online for one of our Course webinars.
Alternatively, you can call our friendly admin team for further information: 0207 433 2555
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