About the Programme

The Diploma course is offered by Distance Learning on a part-time basis, and takes two years to complete.

In addition to the coursework contained in modules, students will have the opportunity to participate in residential course consisting of an international meeting, seminars and tutorials. Upon successful completion of all elements of the program, students are eligible to graduate with an IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition.

Lectures will consist of computer-based presentations with audio and video, and will incorporate self-assessment and interactive elements where appropriate.

Students will be provided with a comprehensive portfolio of reading material in electronic format. Core course textbooks and a subscription to the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism will also be provided to all students as part of the registration fee.

Individual parts of the Diploma program may form the basis of continuing education studies for those who do not wish to follow the whole program or to qualify for the award of the IOC Diploma.

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Eligibility & Registration 

Students enrolling for this course will normally be in possession of a University degree or equivalent qualification at the prescribed standard in:

  • Nutrition or Dietetics
  • Biological Sciences, including Biochemistry, Physiology, Sports Science
  • Medicine

The language of instruction will be English, and students whose native language is not English should provide evidence of competence in English, eg TOEFL at 500 or above, ILET6 at 6 or above, GCSE or equivalent in English language.

The following list contains the main English language qualifications which are acceptable pre-requisites for entry onto the Diploma Program. Other English Language Qualifications held by applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Program Directors or Academic Advisory Board.

  • English as first language or successful completion of High School and/or Degree Level Education in English Language
  • UK based O-level, GCSE or Standard Grade English Language - Grade C or above.
  • International GCSE English as a Second Language - Grade C or above.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): Grade 4 minimum in English Language
  • IELTS band 6 or above, provided that no individual band score is less than 6
  • TOEFL (including the Tests in Written and Spoken Practice), minimum score of 500 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test) or 94 (internet-based test)
  • Test in English for Educational Purposes (TEEP) - Grade 3
  • Oxford Certificate of English as a Foreign Language at Higher Level
  • University of London - School Examinations Board Certificate of Attainment in English, grade 5
  • Passes in the Cambridge Higher School Certificate at Subsidiary level or in the Cambridge Overseas School Certificate count as O levels.


Timetable for 2016 intake (Graduating class of 2017) 

January 1, 2016

Program begins: Part 1 Foundations of Sports Nutrition

October 2016

Written examination and Part 1

February 1, 2017

Part 2 begins: Practical Sports Nutrition

November 2017

Written examination and end of Course

April 2018

Graduation


Timetable for 2017 intake (Graduating class of 2018) 

February 1, 2017

Program begins: Part 1 Foundations of Sports Nutrition

November 2017

Written examination and Part 1

February 1, 2018

Part 2 begins: Practical Sports Nutrition

November 2018

Written examination and end of Course

April 2019Timetable for 2015 intake (Graduating class of 2016)
January 1, 2015
Program begins: Part 1 Foundations of Sports Nutrition
October 2015
Written examination and Part 1
January 1, 2016
Part 2 begins: Practical Sports Nutrition
October 2016
Written examination and end of Course
April 2017
Graduation

Graduation


Course Fees 

Tuition fees will be payable upon registration for each Course, and cover the following:

  • Tuition and supervision for all modules, together with supporting documentation and all course textbooks
  • All costs relating to the marking of assignments and examinations (excluding resits)
  • The registration fee for the annual meeting
  • Issue of an award certificate

Program Fees

The fees charged for the Diploma program will be reviewed at the beginning of each intake of students and can be expected to rise in line with inflation.

Annual tuition fees for the program beginning in February 2018 are indicated below; VAT is chargeable to all UK based students at the current rate of 20%

Part 1: £2,600 (GBP)

Part 2: £2,600 (GBP)