This course is excellent for people looking to enter into a career in Natural Therapies or have a passion for Alternative and Complementary Medicine


The Foundation Diploma in Natural Health is specially designed for people seeking a career as a Natural Therapist, Nutritionist or Nutrition and Health counsellor, or Wellness Counsellor.

This provides a foundation for seeking the first level of employment and a basis for further studies to progress in your career and expand employment opportunities.

Graduates may find employment in health support positions; or with further studies build to become a fully qualified practitioner in their own right.

You have the option of being awarded the Foundation Diploma through our UK school which is a college member and has been assessed and approved for training in natural therapies and nutrition by the Complimentary Medicine Association (UK). This can also be used to gain significant credits for the Pre-med Diploma offered by Warnborough College in UK and Ireland.

Course Structure and Contents

The Foundation Diploma consists of 10 modules:

  1. Anatomy & Physiology I
  2. Nutrition I
  3. Nutrition II
  4. Nutrition III
  5. Biochemistry I
  6. Biochemistry II
  7. Biochemistry III
  8. Biology (Cell Biology)
  9. Introduction to Psychology
  10. Counselling Skills I

Your First Module:

Human Anatomy and Physiology I must be undertaken before any of the other modules. This provides a solid foundation for everything that follows. It has 6 lessons as outlined below:

  1. Cells & Tissues -
    Explains the human body at a microscopic level, including the structure and function of cells, tissues and membranes.
  2. The Skeleton -
    Examines features of the human skeletal system.
  3. The Muscular System -
    Describes the human muscular system, in terms of structure and basic function.
  4. The Nervous System
    Looks at the human nervous system, in terms of structure and basic functions.
  5. Digestion & Excretion -
    Explains different physiological systems of digestion and excretion in the body.
  6. Physiological Systems
    Focuses on the different physiological systems of the body.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading. The following aims need to be achieved before passing this module:

  • To explain the human body at a microscopic level, including the structure and function of cells, tissues and membranes.
  • Explain features of the human skeletal system.
  • Describe the human muscular system, in terms of structure and basic function.
  • Explain the human nervous system, in terms of structure and basic functions.
  • Explain different physiological systems of digestion and excretion in the body.
  • Explain different physiological systems of the body.


Health is an extremely complex term which cannot be easily defined. In a way, it is abstract as it is not a definite state which can be completely or objectively measured

Health is composed of 5 main areas which interact with each other. 

  1. Physical health refers to our physical fitness, lack of disease, strength and general vitality. Posture and nutrition are aspects to consider when thinking of physical health.
  2. Mental health relates to ones emotional state and their ability to resolve problems, make decisions and find contentment within the decisions made.
  3.  Social health relates to actions and behaviours and looks at how you interact and maintain relationships with others.
  4. Spiritual health is about ideals, purposes and aspirations for life. It links to goal setting and having confidence to take risks, to use imagination and have ambition.
  5. Cultural health involves being a responsible citizen with respect for others. This also involves having active contribution to society and community affairs, volunteering or support worthwhile charities and events. 

Increasing publicity is being given to our desire for wellness or quality of life, this is an idea that being healthy is more than just being absent of disease. We suggest that by having a ‘good quality of life’, we are able to balance our physical, mental, social, spiritual and cultural health. Along with the concept of wellness comes the notion of holistic health. This is the idea that we not only balance all dimensions of our life, but in fact we create an environment in which those dimensions of health, interact and create a holistic lifestyle.

Exercise is the Most Natural Initiative for Better Health

People who are usually inactive can improve their health and well-being by becoming even moderately active on a regular basis.  Also, physical activity need not be strenuous to achieve health benefits.  It is important to remember that greater health benefits can be achieved by increasing the amount (duration, frequency or intensity) of physical activity.

Regular physical activity that is performed on most days of the week reduces the risk of developing or dying from some of the leading causes of illness and death. Government departments involved in health such as the Department of Health generally outline recommendations of physical activity for different groups (generally divided by age).  Most common groups are infants, children, young people, adults and older adults.  

Regular physical activity improves health in the following ways:

  • reduces the risk of dying prematurely
  • reduces the risk of dying from heart disease
  • reduces the risk of developing diabetes
  • reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure
  • helps reduce blood pressure in people who already have high blood pressure
  • reduces the risk of developing colon cancer
  • reduces feelings of depression and anxiety
  • helps control weight
  • helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints
  • helps older adults become stronger and better able to move about without falling
  • promotes psychological well-being

The hazards of being inactive are clear and discussed frequently in various media. Physical inactivity is a serious, global problem. Its scope poses a public health challenge for reducing the national burden of unnecessary illness and premature death.

To avoid soreness and injury, individuals contemplating an increase in physical activity should start out slowly and gradually build up to the desired amount to give the body time to adjust. People with chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, or obesity, or who are at high risk for these problems should first consult a physician before beginning a new programme of physical activity. Also, men over age 40 and women over age 50 who plan to begin a new vigorous physical activity programme should consult a physician first to be sure they do not have heart disease or other health problems.


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